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    1955-57 Warren Spahn Game Worn Milwaukee Braves Cap. One of three Milwaukee Braves caps consigned to this Platinum Night auction by the son of the former owner of West Park Cleaners at 35th and Vliet in Milwaukee in the 1940's and 1950's. That gentleman's lengthy letter of provenance--one will be included with each lot--wistfully recalls sorting Braves uniforms and jackets for cleaning, searching for abandoned tips in the jackets of the Milwaukee County Stadium ushers. Many of the players became personal clients of the cleaning service as well, and the letter identifies Hank Aaron, Warren Spahn, Eddie Mathews, Del Crandall and Lou Burdette among the regulars. Now, over six decades after those childhood brushes with greatness, our consignor has decided to release these exciting treasures to the collecting community.

    Hank Aaron's 1954 rookie cap, bearing the Boston-based "Horace Partridge" sporting goods label at interior headband, appears in the Main Session of this Platinum Night event. The team switched to "Wilson" caps in 1955, providing the start of the potential three-season span of the piece. The consignor's father would lose his laundry contract with the Braves after their World Championship season of 1957, providing the end date of our lot title.

    With just three seasons of potential wear, the cap offers the thrilling possibility that the Hall of Fame southpaw wore it during that glorious Cy Young and World Championship season of 1957. Check photography from that greatest year of Spahn's career and you'll find him and his fellow Braves sporting this style.

    The cap exhibits solid wear but no damage, the cardboard insert in the visor unbroken. Interior leather headband bears the aformentioned "Wilson" label and an embroidered "Spahn 6 7/8," denoting owner and size. A perfect representation. Letter of provenance from son of Milwaukee laundry owner. LOA from Heritage Auctions.

    Guide Value or Estimate: $8,000 - up.

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    This lot is in: 2 - Sports Collectibles Session - Platinum Session
    (Lots 50134-50852) - 10:00 PM Central Time, Sunday, February 23, 2020.
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