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    1977-78 Otto Velez Toronto Blue Jays Game Worn Uniform--Rare Inaugural Season Style! Exceedingly rare two-season style dates to the infancy of the North of the Border franchise, worn for all of their games here in the United States. Very few have survived to reach the collecting hobby, and this is the finest we've encountered from that thin supply, with the few others typically bearing minor league modifications from secondary usage. This example is unaltered however, missing only a strip tag at interior front tail beside the "Rawlings [size] 42" label, though the stitching outline remains (note that the example we auctioned in October 2008 had this strip hanging on by a thread, suggesting this loss is typical). Royal blue "Toronto" arches across the powder blue chest above a great logo patch. Uniquely fonted number "19" on verso definitively attributes ownership to outfielder Velez, who wore the digits during both seasons in which this style was utilized. Matching pants hold "Rawlings [size] 34" label at internal waistband, with "36 34 25 78" embroidered strip to the right, suggesting the pants were worn by southpaw pitcher Jerry Garvin. Both jersey and pants exhibit solid wear but no distracting flaws, making for a wonderful display recalling the birth of Canadian Junior Circuit baseball. LOA from Heritage Auctions.

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    October, 2012
    25th-27th Thursday-Saturday
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