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    1994 Barry Sanders Game Worn Detroit Lions Jersey with Multiple Photo Matches & Lions Team Letter. He's become one of the ultimate blue-chip stocks of the sports collectibles marketplace, and, frankly, it's long overdue. In February of this year, Heritage set a new world record for a Sanders gamer, drawing $38,400 for an Oklahoma State collegiate example, a twelve-thousand dollar jump from its previous sale three years prior. And just days before the cataloging of this lot, a 1995 Lions specimen came up just short of the record, at $37,000 and change.

    While it's impossible to know where the ceiling might be, it's pretty safe to say we're well short of it today, as modern NFL jerseys have only recently begun to take flight in a big way. There's every reason to believe that this elite specimen will move the needle yet again, a battle-scarred beauty matched to an array of photographs and trading cards, definitively linked to visits to the Minnesota Vikings and the New York Giants at a minimum.

    The latter was a highlight-reel performance for the iconic running back, with 146 yards on twenty-two carries including a sixty-two yard gallop, and two receptions for twenty-two more yards. We stress that these are the only two games for which the garment was definitively matched, by virtue of mesh hole patterns, and that further use is veritably assured by the presence of an array of team repairs at the shoulders and left sleeve to close gashes that must have been inflicted after the photo match images in question.

    The classic Lions jersey format features a screened numeral "20" at chest, back and shoulders, with "B. Sanders" standing in three-inch block tackle twill across rear nameplate. The distinctive and beloved NFL 75th Anniversary patch remains affixed at upper left chest, directly north of the proper "Wilson [size] 46" labeling sewn into lower left front tail.

    The final feather in the ostentatious plumage of this cap is a letter of provenance from Detroit Lions equipment manager Dan Jaroshewich, indicating the jersey was donated by Sanders "to the 'Lions Live '96' auction to benefit Detroit Lions charities." Unquestionably one of the most desirable modern NFL jerseys to surface in recent years. LOA from Resolution Photomatching. LOA from Heritage Auctions. Letter of provenance from Detroit Lions.


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    Auction Dates
    November, 2017
    16th-18th Thursday-Saturday
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