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Definitive Photo Match, Jersey Trak Authentication2011 Sidney Crosby Game Worn Pittsburgh Penguins Jersey from Famous Comeback. The most heralded rookie since Wayne Gretzky upon his 2005 NHL debut, the star center from Halifax, Nova Scotia continues to draw comparisons to The Great One after six full seasons on the professional ice. The jury is still out as to whether Crosby will ultimately supplant Gretzky at the pinnacle of the sport's pantheon, but one need only reference the prices garnered for the rare few genuine jerseys at auction in order to see the investment potential here. Like his iconic forebear, Crosby has kept a tight rein on his game used gear, further widening the chasm between supply and demand. But should Crosby continue on his current trajectory toward Hall of Fame enshrinement and beyond, this jersey could still be considered Apple stock before the advent of the iPod.
Given the advancements in the science of head trauma, and the study of long term effects of concussions specifically, the major American professional sports leagues are to be commended for putting policies into place to protect their athletes. Recently it has been postulated that Lou Gehrig's fabled streak may have played a role in the disease that claimed his life, the Yankee icon never resting after suffering multiple concussions while earning his Iron Horse moniker. Certainly the documented effects on former NFL players cannot be denied. So while Penguins fans lamented the loss of their star phenom, they understood and accepted the ten and a half month absence of Crosby as he recovered from the lingering symptoms of his own concussion suffered in the January 2011 Winter Classic.
Crosby's return to the ice was met with enormous enthusiasm by fans and teammates alike, and our consignor--a source close to the Penguins franchise--reports that Crosby himself retained his first comeback game jersey as a memento of the long road back to NHL competition. Here we present the jersey worn in the second game of his return--November 23, 2011--and in a second contest two weeks later on December 5th. As we know, Crosby's concussion symptoms would return soon after, necessitating three more months on the sidelines. We must stress that this is the one and only Crosby comeback jersey available to the collecting hobby.
Unimpeachable provenance is supplied in the form of Jersey TRAK paperwork, which links to a microchip implanted in the jersey's fight strap scanned on the two dates in question, meetings with the St. Louis Blues and Boston Bruins respectively. We also supply a photograph of Crosby at a December 5th face off, picturing loose threads on his left sleeve numbers that perfectly match the offered jersey.
Wear is clearly evident in the fabric of the black mesh gamer, which is adorned with the team logo crest and captain's "C" on the chest and "Crosby 87" on reverse. The digits are repeated at each sleeve. Reebok size "56" label appears at interior collar, while interior rear tail holds Penguins equipment manager Dana Heinze's unique "Pro Knitwear" label, stating "Pittsburgh Penguins, 2011-20012 Game Jersey, Set 1 PP#121343. Heinze also autographs the fight strap in 9/10 black marker. JerseyTRAK Authentication. Photo match. LOA from Joe Tomon.
2011 Sidney Crosby Game Worn Pittsburgh Penguins Jersey from Famous Comeback.
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