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1914 Jack Barry Game Worn Jersey. We could say that this lot will answer a dream for one serious uniform collector, but tha...

2006 October Signature Sports Memorabilia Auction #705

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Auction Ended On: Oct 28, 2006
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Location: Dallas, TX
1914 Jack Barry Game Worn Jersey. We could say that this lot will answer a dream for one serious uniform collector, but that wouldn't really be accurate. Any knowledgeable hobbyist wouldn't even dare to dream of a piece like this--it's just too fanciful, too improbable, too perfect. This extraordinary piece was once the possession of famed collector Barry Halper, and before that it had survived for decades within the family collection of Connie Mack's shortstop in the famed $100,000 Infield. The styling of the jersey allows us to attribute it exactly to the famed 1914 World Championship Philadelphia Athletics, considered by many experts to be the finest ever rostered during the team's two great dynasties in the first half of the twentieth century. Pinstripes were a new development in A's uniforms in 1914, having been free of patterns until that point. And while the style was used in 1915 as well during Barry's final days in Philly, there is little chance that Barry would have been issued a new set for the '15 season. The heavy flannel used in the jersey's construction was built to last, and Barry almost surely wore it both years.

The front of the jersey demonstrates the four-button pullover styling that dominated American League jerseys during the earliest decades of the twentieth century. The elegant letter "A" remains in place over the heart, free of the damage that effects almost all contemporary jerseys' logos and lettering. The heavyweight flannel seems unimaginably uncomfortable for midsummer wear, but has proven its durability by surviving without a single tear to be found. The sleeves are cut a bit unevenly but are still quite long, and we believe this alteration dates from the jersey's era of use. The interior collar offers a complete "Spalding" tag, with the name "Barry" chainstitched just to the right. Here we find a few dark spots, but certainly nothing that causes any problem to the remarkable display value. The jersey is miraculous by its very existence, but absolutely magical in this phenomenal condition. Included for display with this gorgeous artifact of the early game is a Mint 1961 autograph from Barry. LOA from Lou Lampson. LOA from Ed Dolan, Jr. LOA from James Spence Authentication.

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