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    1977 Reggie Jackson World Series Game Five Worn New York Yankees Jersey. If Reggie lacked anything, it definitely wasn't confidence. As teammate and fellow Hall of Famer Catfish Hunter once quipped, "When you unwrap a Reggie bar, it tells you how good it is." But love him or hate him, nobody could deny that Reggie Jackson was the greatest playoff performer in Major League Baseball history. You don't get the nickname "Mr. October" for nothing.

    Presented here is one of the most important Jackson relics to reside within a private collection, a road grey knit worn during the World Series in which Reggie earned his famous moniker. In the eighth Fall Classic meeting between the Dodgers and the Yankees, Jackson slugged an outrageous 1.250 on the strength of five home runs, most famously his back-to-back-to-back long balls in the decisive Game Six in the Bronx to end a fifteen-year World Championship drought.

    The jersey can be pegged definitively to the final contest in Los Angeles, the last before Reggie's historic trifecta. Though the Yanks ultimately proved unable to claw their way back from a ten run deficit in Game Five, Jackson planted an eighth inning offering from Don Sutton in the cheap seats, just two pitches after Thurman Munson launched a solo shot of his own. An included letter from famed collector Bob Case to our consignor tells the story:

    "Just wanted to drop you a line to let you know your 1977 Reggie Jackson rd jersey was the one he wore in game 5 of the 1977 World Series in which he hit the first of his World Series home runs (Editor's note--it was actually his second)...I got it from a very close and longtime friend who was a Dodger employee at the time. The shirt was soaking wet when he got it on getaway day and was in his possession until I received it from him..."

    The timeless design, unchanged for decades, provides a bold block lettered "New York" upon the chest and the since-retired number "44" on verso. Proper "Wilson [size] 44" label is affixed at lower left front tail. Embroidered strip inside collar reads "Jackson 77 2." The included MEARS authentication paperwork characterizes the wear as "moderate," and designates an unimprovable rating of A10. A DVD of Game 5 is included in the lot. Letter of provenance from Bob Case. LOA from MEARS, A10. LOA from Heritage Auctions.

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    August, 2011
    4th Thursday
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