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    Reggie Jackson 1969 Oakland Athletics Game Worn Home Jersey "God, do I love to hit that little round son-of-a-bitch out of the park and make 'em say 'Wow!'" explained Reggie Jackson, and he made them say "Wow" a lot. Five hundred sixty-three times, to be exact, and that doesn't even count those World Series blasts that earned him the nickname "Mr. October." A player with that kind of power, especially when it counts, will never be forgotten, and Reggie's Hall of Fame plaque further assures this fact. While most of us may remember him for that incredible Yankee performance in the clinching Game Six of the '78 Series, when he took three swings, and three free jogs around the bases, there are folks in Oakland who still think of Reggie as theirs -- they even brought him back for his final season, at age forty-one, just to prove it to the world. Their boy was home.

    This very special offering is the home white flannel vest worn by a twenty-three year old Jackson during the Summer of Love, 1969 as a member of the Oakland Athletics. Even though, like fine wine, Reggie seemed to improve with age, the fact remains that this season represented the slugger at the height of his slugging powers. Both his home run total (47) and his runs batted in (118) were career highs, as were his 123 runs scored, a league-leading figure. It's no coincidence that he earned his first All-Star nod this year as well. While a scant few representations of this highly desirable style from Reggie's teammates have reached the auction block in recent years, it's important to note that this one stands head and shoulders above the rest, and not just due to its royal lineage. Almost every last Athletics jersey of this era was sent down to the minors for reincarnation, a process which involved removing the logo "A" over the heart and replacing it with that team's insignia. As a result, essentially every jersey you see from this era has a restored "A," or is left with the minor league patch instead. Such is not the case here -- check the stitching, fabric wear and basic "look" of the "A" against the number "9" on the chest and back, and you will have no doubt that nothing has moved since it was issued to Reggie. The important Baseball Centennial patch, typically on the sleeve of jerseys from this era, is properly placed below the leg of the logo "A" on the left side of the vest, and the original "McAuliffe Uniform Corp., 69, 44" tagging is present and accounted for in the tail. The wear is marvelous, particularly noticeable in the crinkling of the green tackle twill numbers and logo, a process that is caused by body salts associated with sweat. Finally, Mr. Jackson has given his blessing to this important piece with his perfect black sharpie signature on the upper right chest. LOA from Dan Knoll & Dave Bushing/SCD Authentic. Additional LOAs from James Spence & Steve Grad/PSA DNA and Mike Gutierrez/MGA.

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    September, 2004
    10th-11th Friday-Saturday
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