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    Early 1970's Baltimore Orioles Personally Customized Batting Helmet from The Brooks Robinson Collection. We'll let Robinson explain this unique oddity in his own words:

    "Back in the early seventies, the Commissioner's Office made it mandatory for anyone coming into the big leagues to wear an earflap on your helmet. If you were already in Major League Baseball you had a choice whether to do that or not. Of course, I wanted to wear the flap because it gave me more protection. But when I got the helmet with the flap and put it on, it seemed like the bill was a little longer than my normal hat and consequently when I went up to hit I could see the brim and part of the flap. It made me lose my concentration. I took care of it by taking a hacksaw blade and cut about one and a half inches off the brim and about half an inch off the flap. That's how I got my short brim."

    The result is one of the most distinctive bits of game used gear you'll ever encounter, looking more like an amateur arts and crafts product than the sleek models that populate the Majors today. The shell and logo that adorns the crown are handpainted, and the visor is clearly hand-cut and slightly uneven. But certainly these charming attributes only magnify the appeal that characterizes any game used relic consecrated by the touch of an all-time great. Interior shell holds "American Baseball Cap [size] 7 3/8" sticker and is missing rear padding. Solid game wear evident. Letter of provenance from Brooks Robinson.

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    November, 2015
    5th-7th Thursday-Saturday
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