Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice
Thank you for your patience as we bring our website back online. Any auctions currently open or opening soon have updated closing times and will run on the schedules posted here.
You may resume bidding and tracking at this time. Bids placed anytime Friday may have not been recorded, so please check your MyBids and update accordingly or contact client services for assistance.


    Purported to have belonged to Hall of Famer Rabbit Maranville

    1929 Boston Braves Game Worn Jersey with Rare Indian Head Patch. It was during the 1929 season that the New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians became the first Major League teams to apply numbers to the backs of their jerseys, a trend that would quickly become standard practice for the sport at all levels. But for three years, the Boston Braves decided upon a quite different application for that blank real estate, choosing aesthetics over the more practical consideration of player identification with the installation of gorgeous Indian head patches in a larger and more detailed design than those already appearing on the chest.

    Presented is one of those exceedingly rare and enormously desirable specimens, a garment that was attributed to 1954 Hall of Fame inductee Walter "Rabbit" Maranville when it emerged from the famous collection of South River, New Jersey mayor James Armstrong in the 1960's, though any physical documentation that may have supported this claim has been lost. It's a jersey that stands very well on the merits of its beauty and scarcity without any assistance from the "Miracle Braves" member.

    The team nickname spans the chest in somewhat worn chenille, though our catalog imagery should reveal that the wear does little to diminish eye appeal. The small Indian head patch at center of the button path is spared any damage beyond a couple pinpricks of moth damage. We find similar wear to the larger patch on reverse, but again the concerns are minor. The absence of a left sleeve patch, or any indication that one has been removed, excludes 1930 and 1931 from consideration and assures 1929 vintage. Proper "Horace Partridge Co." manufacturer's tagging appears at interior collar. No size markings are present, but jersey measures to approximately twenty-four inches (24") across the chest.

    The known examples of this three-year style could be counted on a single hand, and while the Braves struggled mightily during that timespan, one could logically conclude that the team's poor play was an inspiration for the distraction of a wildly unique wardrobe. For the true jersey afficionado, this is a special breed of white whale. LOA from Heritage Auctions.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    February, 2015
    21st-22nd Saturday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 4
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 2,035

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976

    Learn about consigning with us

    I thought that Peter Calderon was very pleasant and had a very professional attitude.
    Jerold G.,
    Dripping Springs, TX
    View More Testimonials

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2019 September 19 The David Hall T206 Collection Part II Sports Cards Catalog Auction
    2019 September 19 The David Hall T206 Collection Part II Sports Cards Catalog Auction
    REALIZED $2,745,185