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1980 George Brett Game Worn Kansas City Royals Uniform....

2011 August Chicago Signature Vintage Sports Collectibles Platinum Auction #7037

 
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Auction Ended On: Aug 4, 2011
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Location: Muvico
9701 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue
Rosemont, IL 60018

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1980 George Brett Game Worn Kansas City Royals Uniform. The notoriously surly Ted Williams, whose 1941 season has now survived seven decades of assault, may well have been rooting for the Royals third baseman as he made his late charge for the summit. "I hope somebody hits .400 soon," he once barked at a reporter. "Then people can start pestering that guy with questions about the last guy to hit .400." But Brett finally lost his grip on the four-for-ten pace in the first week of September, finishing the season at .390, the second-highest average (after Tony Gwynn's strike-season .394) posted since The Kid's most celebrated year.

Offered is an exceedingly rare full uniform worn by Hall of Famer George Brett during that historic American League MVP season, one of the most coveted of the "knit era." The classic powder blue road style will forever be linked to Brett, the block-lettered "Kansas City" arching gently across the chest. Team logo patch remains affixed to left sleeve, with "Brett 5" decorating the rear. The lack of a "G" initial on verso indicates the jersey predates brother Ken's August 11th arrival. Proper "Wilson [size] 42" label appears inside collar, with "80" embroidered swatch just below.

Matching pants are tagged "Wilson" inside the waistband, with the size a hand-embroidered "33." Just to the left is an embroidered swatch announcing "5 80 25," indicating jersey number, year and inseam. Both jersey and pants exhibit fine season-long wear with apparent tobacco juice spotting and fabric abrasions from fielding and base-running acrobatics. A picture-perfect representation from the most popular figure in Kansas City baseball since Satchel Paige, meriting a perfect rating from the hobby's leading uniform experts. LOA from MEARS, A10. LOA from Heritage Auctions.

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