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    1961 Curt Flood Game Worn St. Louis Cardinals Jersey. The 2011 HBO documentary "The Curious Case of Curt Flood" has reignited widespread interest in this complicated superstar, best remembered for his brave yet ultimately self-destructive challenge to Major League Baseball's deeply entrenched reserve clause. A devoted fan of Jackie Robinson, Flood followed in his idol's footsteps in pioneering a fundamental change to the status quo that would make a beneficiary of every player to follow. Here we present a rare and enormously desirable home white flannel jersey dating to Flood's fourth full season in the Majors, and his first truly great one. Flood's .322 batting average was a figure he'd top just once in his All-Star career, during the glorious World Championship season of 1967, and this 1961 season also saw Flood steadily gaining recognition as the game's foremost center fielder.

    The jersey rates a stellar A9 from the experts at MEARS, a single point lost only for the light soiling/staining typical of half-century old garments. In every regard, the jersey was found to be 100% original and authentic, exhibiting a full season's wear from Flood, and then secondary action in the minors where the classic birds and bat chenille logo on the chest and the red and navy felt number "21" on verso were left untouched. Proper "Rawlings [size] 40" label appears at lower left front tail, above a red "Flood 61" embroidered directly into the jersey body. At interior tail we find a washing instructions label sprouting a "Set 1 1961" flap. A magnificent gamer sourced directly from the family of the minor leaguer who inherited it, along with the Stan Musial pants likewise presented within this auction. LOA from MEARS, A9. LOA from Heritage Auctions.

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    November, 2011
    10th-11th Thursday-Friday
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