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    Circa 1972-76 Joe Namath Game Worn New York Jets Jersey and Sideline Beanie. Joe Namath game-worn jerseys are in such demand that the plethora of jersey styles worn from the mid-1960's Jets years to his final hurrah with the Rams in '77 have been ranked, graded and scrutinized like T206's and 1965 Topps AFL Football Cards. At the top of the list of course is a SBIII game jersey or SBIII season Durene jersey, followed by MacGregor mid-1960's Durene jerseys with cerafed font numerals, the heavyweight cold weather jerseys with pockets and sewn on numerals, and the Jets early screened on mesh styles. This jersey obviously falls into the mid-career mesh jersey category, but make no mistake about its ability to rank solidly with the aforementioned heavy hitters. While mesh Jets Namath jerseys are not in short supply, early, turn of the decade representations with extra length, custom crotch piece, nameplate, crossover neck, sleeve customization and wear rocket the jersey right up the charts. Throw in Namath's infamous pre-game beanie and the package becomes spectacular.

    The jersey body itself is white mesh with mesh 3" green shoulder inserts and green mesh sleeves. The shoulder insert houses a 1.25" mesh stripe sewn overlay, while the contrasting green sleeves sport white sleeve numerals. The mesh collar at 1.25" is unique in both its width and large crossover. The jersey tail sports "Champion" custom added, six-button, cotton crotch piece and the company's size "L" cloth label with a pen code. Don't let the size designator be misleading - the jersey measures to a "46" to "48" and has three to four inches of extra length. It's certainly large enough to accommodate Namath's oversized ribbed padding, the forerunner to the modern day flap jacket. The numerals are screened on in proper and classic "slash" style font. The custom sleeves are cut right to the edge of the green panel edge with a half-inch fold over. The workmanship was local customization and the reinforced stitching along the outer shoulder seam and underarm gusset seam in unusual contrasting white is visible in most Namath game photos of the period.

    The name on back font style is the principle one used by Namath on his mesh jerseys, and is characterized by the 2.5" height, excessive width, stemless plain block font style and wide spacing. The 4x17" nameplate is a bonus, as many mid-1970's Jets mesh jerseys did not employ nameplates.

    The wear is light but typical of a quarterback. Namath's lightning quick release counteracted his increasing immobility due to knee problems so he was sacked less than might be expected.

    The beanie is one of a few worn by Namath which have become famous. The late 1960's one had "JOE" knitted across the front. The early 1970's had a white beanie ball on top, as exhibited here.

    This cap and the jersey were given to the wife of a famous uniform collector by a Jets staffer at Shea Stadium in the early 70's. The jersey/cap combo can be considered an outstanding representation of the incomparable Joe Willie Namath from mid-career. Certainly it ranks as the best mesh Namath gamer that exists. LOA from Mears, A9.

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