1950 Joe DiMaggio Game Worn New York Yankees Jersey....
Despite thirteen seasons in pinstripes, and fame matched only by Babe Ruth before him, DiMaggio remains among the most elusive of targets for the advanced uniform collectors, rarer than even the Bambino himself. The same holds true for the population of Gehrigs and Mantles, each more commonly seen on the hobby's auction block than this short-tenured husband of Marilyn Monroe. Discounting Old Timer and coaching format, the population of genuine, privately held gamers could be counted on a single hand.
Clearly the loss of most DiMaggio representations, as well as just about every other Major League uniform of his era, relates to the practice of secondary wear on the farm club level, often to the point of near destruction. We can see evidence that this example was sentenced to a similar fate, as the logo "NY" on the chest and the fabled number "5" on reverse are expertly rendered replacements of the original identifiers stripped from the pinstriped flannel in the minors, as was the practice. It must be stressed that this is extremely common in period jerseys, and that the restoration work was so finely rendered that there is no indication of any alterations. We also report that all deductions to reach MEARS' rating of A5 are related solely to this standard farm club practice.
It's important to stress that the "Joe Dimaggio 50" embroidered directly into the lower left front tail of the garment is original and unaltered, providing ironclad attribution to the iconic slugger. Likewise original is the "A.G. Spalding & Bros [size] 44" labeling in the collar, affixed with its factory stitching along with a "Dry Clean Only" tag. Solid wear is evident, but there are no stains, holes or other condition distractions to report. LOA from MEARS, A5.
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