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    Early 1970's Ray Nitschke Game Worn Jersey. The late Ray Nitschke was the inspirational leader for over a decade of one of the greatest defenses ever assembled, the 1960's Green Bay Packers. As a middle linebacker and defensive signal caller, he seemed to be in on every play - the run, the blitz, the intermediate passing game, etc. He was a warrior supreme and this late career road jersey is emblematic of his ferocious play. This jersey is made of white mesh with a screened-on, traditional Packers' sleeve stripe pattern. While only half of the green and yellow pattern is visible from the exterior, inspection of the inner garment shows the remaining section as well as about 1.5" of white sleeve material. A plausible explanation is that the sleeves were custom hemmed for practice and training camp use after the jersey's initial NFL season run. Nitschke's number "66" is screened in proper font and dimensions to chest, back and sleeves. The lower left front tail features dual "Sand Knit" labeling, with the top label identifying "Packers' NFC Exclusivity," and the lower one designating "Size 52." A well worn markered "2" is written on the top label suggesting a set notation. The name on back appears to have been removed, although the outline of the nameplate is not visible. With high probability, remnants are not visible because the plate was straight stitch affixed and was removed meticulously, and the jersey has been worn and laundered excessively since its final game day use. Massive scars of team repairs in the shoulder region are the result in significant degree to game use, with the balance coming after the jersey's relegation to the practice squad after the season's end. Still, precious few Nitschke's exist, and no Packers player wore number "66" for the next five seasons after Nitschke's retirement. If wear is an important criteria for measuring a j

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