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    Circa 1907 Ernie Ovitz Game Worn Univerity of Illinois Baseball Jersey & Fielder's Glove. Consigned to this auction by the family of this single-game veteran of the Chicago Cubs (along with the cap he wore in that game), this gorgeous heavy grey flannel jersey dates to a few years before that Major League debut. The condition is simply remarkable--in fact, this is the very first Dead Ball Era jersey we've encountered that retains the buttoned sleeve extensions that were popular in the day. The navy blue felt "Illinois" across the chest has bled slightly, and close inspection will find a small moth hole or two, but from any reasonable viewing distance the jersey appears all but unchanged from its term of service over a century ago. "Spalding" label inside collar. Consigned along with the jersey is a period catcher's mitt (though we should note that Ovitz pitched for the Cubs), and a signed index card (9+/10). Included is a photocopy of an image of Ovitz wearing what is almost certainly this exact jersey. LOA from Heritage Auctions.

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    Auction Dates
    May, 2014
    15th-17th Thursday-Saturday
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