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    1956 Red Schoendienst Game Worn & Signed St. Louis Cardinals Jersey--Ultra-Rare Single-Season Style! Everybody makes mistakes. Check Mark Okkonen's essential "Baseball Uniforms of the 20th Century" and you'll find the fabled "birds and bat" version of the St. Louis Cardinals jersey worn every year from 1928 to present, except once. And here is that "once," the result of an inexplicably poor decision to abandon one of the sport's sartorial masterpieces. In 1957, the birds and bat were back again to stay, establishing this single-season ugly duckling as a Holy Grail among Cardinals collectors.

    To be fair, it's not that this style is actually unattractive, but rather that it represents a particularly egregious assault upon the "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" doctrine that has kept fans of teams like the Yankees and Red Sox happy for decades. We do love the chenille bird patch on the left sleeve, and the scripted team name on the chest works fine for teams like the Dodgers. The number "2" on the back is applied in the same red-on-navy felt as used on front.

    It's pure overkill that this ultra-rare format was once worn by a Hall of Fame legend, whose surname and "56" year indicator are embroidered into the lower left front tail beneath "Rawlings Hall of Fame Flannel [size] 42" tagging. Lower left front tail is autographed in bold blue sharpie. Condition of the jersey is spectacular, one of the finest we've encountered from the decade. Red played in only eleven road games for the Cardinals that season, as he was traded to the Giants on June 11th. For "jersey nerds," this is about as cool as it gets. LOA from Heritage Auctions. Full LOA from PSA/DNA (autograph).

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    May, 2020
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