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    1973 Thurman Munson Game Worn Jacket. Ah, the joys of being young and beautiful. It certainly worked out well for our consignor, a lovely eighteen-year old blonde from the tri-state area who became a great fan of the New York Yankees, who in turn became a great fan of hers. One player in particular, former Baltimore Orioles ace Pat Dobson, took quite a serious shine to young Judi. As her notarized letter of provenance explains, "...This relationship set the stage for acquiring some great memories and valuable memorabilia. During these years, Pat reserved game tickets for my family, and me, gave me baseballs during batting practices, posed for pictures and gave me team signed baseballs. [Note: see some of these baseballs in this Signature auction]. One day he asked what other souvenir I would like to have and I told him a jacket. He told me he would see what he could do, and to meet him at the entrance of the bullpen during the 5th inning of the game. I did, and he handed me a brown bag with a jacket inside. He told me it was Thurman Munson's warm up coat he had been wearing that day. I later discovered #15 in the front pocket..." And sure enough, there's that vintage number "15" in black marker inside the right pocket of this rare and historic jacket from the wardrobe of the tragic Yankee captain. It was a tremendous season for Munson when this jacket was worn, his first Gold Glove, his second All-Star Game, his highest career home run production. When examining the piece, one almost needs to slip the jacket on due to the chills it inspires. The details are just fantastic, from the white tackle twill "NY" logo over the heart, to the embroidered felt team logo patch on the left sleeve, and back to that all important number markered in the pocket. The jacket's heavy nylon body was intended for use on the Bronx' coldest nights, and still is quite warm despite the absence of the zip-in lining that once resided inside. Elasticized wool ribbing is present at neck, cuffs and waist, showing definite wear but no damage. The garment remains ideal for display, yet still suitable for wear. Also included in the lot are two Polaroid photographs of young Judi wearing the jacket as she poses with members of the Yankee team, one of whom is instantly recognizable as the great Mel Stottlemyre, a thirty-one year old starter at the time. Each photo is mounted in a display card of sorts, bearing the facsimile signatures of the Yankee team. And finally, we have two photos of Judi with Dobson, the second of which shows him planting a tremendous smooch on the pretty fan. In her right hand can be spotted the brown bag to which she refers in her letter of provenance. For that kind of gift, we'd kiss him on the lips too. LOA from MEARS. LOA from Lou Lampson.

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    Auction Dates
    May, 2006
    6th Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 11
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