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    Multiple photo matches including Topps rookie card!

    1967 Tom Seaver Game Worn New York Mets Rookie Jersey, MEARS A10. The evolution of greatness will always move at its own pace. Mickey Mantle struggled mightily in his debut, and it was five years before Seaver's rotation-mate Nolan Ryan posted his first winning season. But Tom was Terrific from the moment of his arrival in Queens in the late spring of 1967, rewriting the New York Mets record books with sixteen victories for the last-place ballclub, eighteen complete games, 170 strike outs and a 2.76 earned run average, all figures unmatched in six seasons of franchise history. Seaver pitched a scoreless fifteenth inning in the 1967 All-Star Game to record the save, and claimed the National League Rookie of the Year Award, just the third pitcher ever recognized as such.

    Here we present a flawlessly documented jersey worn during that dominant rookie season by the man who would ultimately enter the Hall of Fame on the greatest percentage of ballots of any man honored in Cooperstown bronze. Superior to any artifact housed within that revered museum's collection, this home white pinstriped rookie jersey rates among the most desirable garments worn in the past half century of Major League competition.

    Fully original and unaltered, this treasure of baseball history comes by its MEARS A10 rating honestly, aided by the very nature of its pinstriped construction which facilitates matching to period photography because, like fingerprints, snowflakes and zebras, no two pinstriped jerseys are exactly alike. We ask that interested bidders consult our online listing for a variety of these photo matches, which include his earliest Topps cards and some crystal-clear images shot the summer of 1967 at Shea.

    Blue felt on orange tackle twill announces "Mets 41" on the chest, with those digits, properly retired from the team wardrobe, similarly applied to verso. The classic city skyline team logo patch appears at left sleeve. Interior collar swatch announces "43 67 41," denoting size, year and jersey number respectively. The letter "H" is written at interior collar in marker, its meaning unknown, perhaps some form of inventory code. The balance of the labeling appears at lower left front tail, where a "Spalding" label and size "44" designator appear (note: standard practice dictated that the closest tag in stock is used for "off-size" jerseys, hence a "44" tag for a size 43 garment). Just above the hem is a washing instructions label with the all-important "Set 1 1967" flap. Perfect blue sharpie signature on chest is notated "'67."

    As in the trading card hobby, the rookie will always be held in the highest of reverence for the game worn jersey collector. This is clearly no "ordinary" rookie, however. It's a Rookie of the Year, three-time Cy Young winner, 300 Win Club member, 3,000 Strike Out Club member, key figure in first Mets World Championship, Hall of Fame legend jersey. What, honestly, could be better? LOA from MEARS, A10. Multiple photo matches. Full LOA from PSA/DNA (autograph). Full LOA from James Spence Authentication (autograph).

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    Auction Dates
    August, 2012
    2nd Thursday
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