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    1984 Kirk Gibson Game Worn Detroit Tigers Jersey - With Equipment Manager's Authentication. We salute you Detroit Tigers equipment manager Jim Schmackel. Long before teams had a sense of history and marked their game-worn gear, Schmackel put his personal stamp on select items. A year after the Tigers were World Series champions, Kirk Gibson wore this "Wilson [size] 44" home white jersey. Worth special mention is "Auction 8/86 J. Schmackel" written by the staffer in thick black marker on the lower half. Interestingly, Schmackel still marks the game-worn gear as he puts his initials on the tail tagging "JS". Heritage sold a 2010 Justin Verlander Tigers jersey and Schmadckel put his initials on the tail tagging. Old habits die hard we guess. Excellent use is exuded from the offered Gibson jersey. We would expect no less given the fact Gibson played with an unbridled passion. Each of the identifiers is crafted in single-color midnight navy tackle twill. The braiding which encircles the neck and runs down the button path also shows heavy wear. Three labels appear in the tail: Wilson size (number written and blackened out), "85 1" (year/set) and "14" which we assume is an inventory number. The additional swatch has been found on other Tigers' jerseys from this time period. Gibson signed the front in 8/10 black marker. LOA from Heritage Auctions. Pre-certified by PSA/DNA. Auction LOA from James Spence Authentication.

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    Auction Dates
    November, 2014
    6th-8th Thursday-Saturday
    Internet/Mail Bids: 15
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