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    As worn on June 17th Sports Illustrated "Superduperstar" Cover!

    1974 Reggie Jackson Game Worn Oakland Athletics Uniform, MEARS A9.5. Hyperbole? Well, like fellow Hall of Famer Dizzy Dean once explained, "It ain't braggin' if you can back it up." Though the iconic slugger was still a few years short of the pinnacle of his fame as the New York Yankees' "Mr. October," the baseball world was already in awe of Reggie Jackson when Sports Illustrated magazine assigned this mouthful of a moniker. With two World Championship rings and an American League Most Valuable Player Award still warm in Jackson's trophy case, it appeared, in 1974, that the issue of Major League supremacy, both collectively and individually, had been settled.

    While Reggie would only place fourth in MVP voting in 1974, his Oakland A's were yet again the last team standing in October, assuring "dynasty" status with that rare three-season Major League reign. This Platinum Night lot rates with the most important artifacts ever to emerge from that unforgettable era by the Bay.

    The unforgettable yellow knit pullover style that earned iconoclastic team owner Charlie O. Finley both praise and derision supplies a green and white tackle twill "A's" over the heart and "Jackson 9" on verso. Striped trim adorns sleeve cuffs and collar. Lower interior center tail provides proper "McAuliffe Uniform Corp." labeling, with secondary labels relating to vintage (1974), size (42) and washing instructions. It is Jackson himself who links the garment to the famous SI cover shot, inscribing the chest in 9/10 black sharpie, "My 1974 A's game jersey, cover Superduperstar jersey, Reggie Jackson." Jackson signs again on reverse.

    Also present is the "Tim McAuliffe Inc [size] M (42-44)" raglan undershirt with sweat-faded number "9" in marker at collar, and home white pants with all proper "McAuliffe Uniform Corp." tagging relating to size, vintage and laundering, as well as an embroidered number "9" to assign them to Jackson.

    All uniform components exhibit wear characterized as "heavy" by the experts at MEARS, who deduct only a half-point for broken anchor stitching of the jersey front logo to diverge from their top rating. The pants exhibit massive team repairs in the back, clearly instituted to address tears from sliding. It's a Hall of Fame-quality ensemble, with a signed copy of the Sports Illustrated in question to enhance the display. LOA from MEARS, A9.5. LOA from Heritage Auctions. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Auction LOA from James Spence Authentication.

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    July, 2015
    30th-31st Thursday-Friday
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