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Description1942 Stan Musial Game Worn St. Louis Cardinals Rookie Uniform. With the passing of Marty Marion in March of this year, Stan Musial survives as the last living member of the World Champion 1942 St. Louis Cardinals, a team that rebounded from an ugly Game One loss to the New York Yankees to win four straight Fall Classic contests. Stan the Man was just a kid at the time, a twenty-one year old rookie sharing an outfield with fellow future Hall of Famer Enos Slaughter, whose famous "Mad Dash" was still four years away. Presented is the heavy white wool flannel jersey worn by Musial that historic 1942 season and quite possibly for the first two games of the red birds' glorious World Series victory.
The timeless birds and bat logo takes center stage on the (still fully functional) zippered chest, with wide red trim at collar, zipper path and sleeve cuffs. The retired number "6" is applied to jersey verso in red and navy felt, with "Stan Musial 42" embroidered directly into the jersey body at lower left front tail. The highly collectible "Health" patch, worn throughout professional baseball during the War years as part of the "Hail America" physical fitness campaign, remains affixed at left sleeve. Local St. Louis-based "Rawlings" manufacturer's label is located at interior collar. Wear is solid and consistent throughout, with a one-inch vintage team repair at left sleeve.
Matching pants are clearly period St. Louis Cardinals issue, but the lack of a player identifier makes definitive attribution impossible (though it must be stressed that the pants and jersey were sourced as a single unit). The sole identifying marks within the pants are the embroidered numbers "36" and "2." The former is clearly a size measurement, with the latter either a set or uniform number. It should be stressed that the pants would be correct for Musial's build. Several vintage team repairs appear in the seat of the pants, but the pants present nicely and, when paired with the jersey, form a striking display.
Each uniform piece is autographed in 10/10 black sharpie by Musial, who adds the notation "1942 World Champions" to both signatures. With points lost only for the repaired holes and a minor amount of staining/foxing to the woolen fabric, MEARS assesses the impressive rating of A9 for the historic jersey. An absolutely splendid artifact boasting a collector's trifecta of Hall of Fame heritage, rookie season vintage and World Championship magic. LOA from MEARS, A9. Full LOA from PSA/DNA (autographs). Full LOA from James Spence Authentication (autographs).
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2017 June 29 Premium Sportscard Catalog Auction - Dallas