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    The most dominant era in franchise history!

    Early 1950's Gordie Howe Game Worn Detroit Red Wings Jersey. He debuted with the Red Wings as an eighteen-year old in 1946 and led the Motor City to four Stanley Cup Championships over the quarter-century of service to come. While his status as the greatest hockey player that ever lived finds a challenger in the legendary Wayne Gretzky, it's noteworthy that Gretzky himself casts his vote for Howe, his own childhood hero. Certainly there is no close challenger to Howe's supremacy as the greatest Red Wing of all time, and this understated white-on-red jersey format is Mr. Hockey's most recognizable fashion format.

    An included letter of provenance reads, in part, "The jersey was acquired from Jack Adams (then coach and senior manager of the Detroit Red Wings) in approximately 1954. Jack's aunt was our neighbor in Cornwall, Ont. She encouraged Jack to send me a 'gift souvenir' following a local newspaper story about my hockey memorabilia. The sweater was intended for prison inmates in the Detroit area once Gordie was given new equipment. The crests were removed for this reason and is why it is missing on this jersey."

    A second letter, from hockey experts MeiGray, explains that a restoration of the jersey was instituted in November 2013, harvesting a 1960's crest identical to the original worn by Howe which was applied by a professional conservator. The all-important white tackle twill number "9" on verso is original to Howe's usage. The sweater exhibits marvelous game wear, with a dozen team repairs speaking to Howe's hard-hitting style of play. Sweaty wear has turned the white trim pink with dye bleed. Proper "Lippman's [size] 50" tagging appears at lower left interior seam, while right seam has been taken in an inch to tighten the fit.

    This is by far the earliest Howe jersey that Heritage has had the privilege to offer, dating to the most golden of ages for the Red Wings, who finished first place in regular season standings each year between 1948-49 and 1954-55, claiming four Stanley Cup Championships. This was the era of "The Production Line" of Howe, Sid Abel and Ted Lindsay, a trio so dominant that they finished one-two-three in NHL scoring in 1949-50. Unquestionably one of the most significant NHL gamers that Heritage has had the privilege to present to the collecting community. Letter of provenance from original recipient. LOA from MeiGray. LOA from Heritage Auctions.

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