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1982 Ron Hodges New York Mets Game-Used Home Jersey - #42 (Retired)

Starting Bid - $100, Sold For - $240

New York Mets home jersey worn by catcher Ron Hodges during the 1982 season. The white pinstripe knit jersey is lettered "Mets" across the front and features the number "42" on the left breast and reverse. "Hodges" is lettered on the reverse directly above the number. All letters and numerals are appliquéd in blue on orange tackle twill. The uniform number, year, and set number ("42 82 1") are chain-stitched in blue upon a white strip tag in the collar, directly above which are a "Rawlings 42" label and a flag tag reading "Set 1 1982." The jersey, which is original as issued, with no alterations, displays minimal wear. Although Hodges was a backup catcher for nearly his entire twelve-year career with the Mets (1973-1984), this is an exceptionally desirable jersey because of the number. As almost every baseball fan knows, "42" was the number worn by Jackie Robinson, who broke baseball's long-standing color barrier in 1947. In 1997, on the fiftieth anniversary of Robinson's debut, Major League Baseball mandated that all teams officially retire the number "42" as a special tribute to Robinson. Ron Hodges was one of only six New York Mets players to ever wear number "42," making this both a scarce and exceptionally desirable New York Mets home jersey. Reserve $100. Estimate $300+. SOLD FOR $240

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