Photo matched to World Series Game Three photography!
1973 Tom Seaver World Series Game Worn & Signed New York Mets
Jersey from Cy Young Season.
"Terrific" doesn't even begin to describe the offered garment, a Cooperstown-quality jersey worn on the mound at Shea Stadium during one of the most dominating pitching seasons in post-war history. The superstar right-hander led all National Leaguers in 1973 with a microscopic 2.08 earned run average, eighteen complete games and 251 strikeouts, claiming his second of three career Cy Young Awards. His team-leading nineteen regular season victories were essential in claiming the top spot in the National League East by one and a half games, and an eventual National League flag, the second to take to the winds over Flushing, Queens.
The classic pinstriped home model is the team's most distinctive style, with blue and orange tackle twill "Mets 41" applied to the chest, and those digits repeated on verso. As is typical of most Mets jerseys from this era, the degree of fading to the numerals outpaces that of the team nickname, an oddity we must stress is not indicative of any restoration--the jersey remains 100% original and unaltered. Team logo patch remains affixed at left sleeve, and interior collar holds embroidered swatch announcing size, year and jersey number: "44 73 41." Lower right front tail is tagged "Rawlings [size] 44."
The experts at Resolution Photomatching have matched this jersey to photographs snapped at Game Three of the 1973 World Series based upon the unique pattern of pinstriping. Seaver would pitch a masterful eight innings of two-run ball, exiting the game tied with the Oakland A's, who would break through in the eleventh against Mets reliever Harry Parker to take a two games to one Series lead.
The jersey exhibits some staining at the upper chest and is inscribed in 9/10 black sharpie, "To The Sports Immortals Museum, Tom Seaver." An elite specimen from one of this iconic Hall of Famer's greatest seasons. LOA from Heritage Auctions. Full LOA from PSA/DNA (autograph). Full LOA from SGC Authentic (autograph). LOA from Resolution Photomatching.
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