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    1929 Boston Braves Game Worn Jersey, One of Two Known! Always remember, it's better to look good than to play good/well. It was a motto that the 1929 Boston Braves truly took to heart, still the envy of fashion-conscious sportsmen nationwide despite a ninety-eight loss season that buried the club securely in the basement of the National League, ten games behind the seventh place Reds at the season's close. Past their respective primes, Hall of Famers Rabbit Maranville and George Sisler could do nothing to stem the bleeding, and the franchise's desperation would continue until Warren Spahn and Johnny Sain brought glory to Boston in 1948.

    But while the Braves have historically defined haute couture in the Major Leagues with their gorgeous Native American imagery, their masterpiece is unquestionably the presented style, worn only in 1929 and 1930, featuring a stunningly designed Indian head patch on the jersey verso. The approximately 7x8" patch survives in simply astounding NRMT condition, a grade that characterizes the jersey as a whole. The front of the endangered relic is almost as spectacular, with chenille "Braves" lettering framing a smaller Indian head riding the central button path. The "Horace Partridge Co." label remains affixed at interior collar, with local "Boston" attribution. The very large (perhaps size 46) grey flannel roadster has not a stain to note. Three pin head-sized moth holes on verso and minor wear to the collar trim represents the entirety of the condition issues. There is no player attribution or other designator to be found.

    This style would be reprised in 1930, with a Boston Tricentennial patch appearing at left sleeve. The absence of such patch, or any indication that it had once been applied, allows us to definitively date the jersey to the 1929 season. In 1931, the Braves would join the growing trend of rear numerals, shrinking the Indian head to a small sleeve patch instead.

    Heritage has been assured that just one other example of this spectacular style survives to this day, and resides in a permanent collection with very little chance of deaccessioning. And this is unquestionably the superior example, by virtue of its flawlessness. Make no mistake--this is almost certainly a once in a lifetime opportunity to own this Golden Age garment. Once it's gone, expect to never even see one ever again. LOA from Lou Lampson.


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    April, 2009
    23rd-24th Thursday-Friday
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