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    The earliest known Hull Blackhawks gamer!

    1958-59 Bobby Hull Game Worn Chicago Blackhawks Jersey.
    He's one of the greatest sports heroes of the city of Chicago along with Ernie Banks, Walter Payton and Michael Jordan, the only man in NHL history to lead the league in scoring seven times, and the first ever to record fifty goals in a single season. In his fifteen full NHL seasons, Hull was voted the First-Team All-Star left winger ten times, and the Second-Team All-Star left winger twice.

    Only a single Hull gamer, worn as a fourteen-year-old member of the Hespeler (Ontario) Hawks, predates the offered garment in the collecting hobby, establishing this glorious relic as the very earliest worn by the iconic Hall of Famer as a professional. It bears the number "16" he wore throughout his youth but abandoned after the 1960-61 season for a brief flirtation with the number "7" before settling upon the number "9" that remains his primary association. This is the only professional number "16" Hull gamer known.

    It was gifted to our consignor on June 15, 1961 for his tenth birthday by the lucky youngster's uncle Jerry "The Barber" Del Giudice, who cut the Blackhawks' hair for many years. Del Giudice took ownership of this jersey, as well as another owned and worn by fellow future Hall of Famer Glenn Hall, as the team was cleaning out its lockers after winning the Stanley Cup a month before his nephew's birthday. A letter of provenance from our consignor will attest to this history.

    The garment exhibits splendid wear from Hull's second NHL campaign, just a year before he'd earn his first of three Art Ross Trophies as the league's leading point scorer. The letter of examination from the leading hockey experts at GameWornAuctions.net references stick and slash marks, board burns, board pain transfer, inner pilling and more than a dozen team repairs. A glorious Indian head crest adorns the chest beneath a lace-front collar, while team logo patches underscore the number "16" on each sleeve. Number "16" appears in large format on verso.

    Interior collar is tagged for local sporting goods manufacturer "Frager," with a "48" size label to the left. Both are slightly faded by the salinity of Hull's sweat. A black sharpie signature from Hull rates 8/10 at upper left chest.

    As the earliest known professional gamer from one of the sport's Mount Rushmore figures, this is an offering with few equals in the entirety of the collecting hobby. LOA from GameWornAuctions.net. LOA from Heritage Auctions. Letter of provenance from nephew of Chicago Blackhawks team barber. Full LOA from PSA/DNA (autograph). Full LOA from SGC (autograph).







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    Auction Dates
    February, 2018
    24th-25th Saturday-Sunday
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