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    1980 Franz Beckenbauer Game Worn New York Cosmos Jersey from Farewell Match. Like fellow football legend Pelé, Beckenbauer was coaxed into the NASL late in his storied career in order to raise the profile and credibility of the fledgling league, and together they established the Cosmos as the continent's dominant power. For four years the West German star represented the Big Apple club, a time that represents the high-water mark of American professional soccer.

    Like the Pelé jersey likewise presented within this Platinum Night auction, this garment was consigned by Joel Rosenstein, head athletic trainer of the Cosmos. His letter of provenance states:

    "On September 24, 1980, Franz Beckenbauer made his final North American appearance in a Cosmos uniform at Giants Stadium. As was his custom at halftime, he would change jerseys for the second half. As he came into the locker room at halftime, he came into my trainer's room and tossed me this jersey that he wore for the first half of that farewell game (he kept the 2nd half jersey for himself). The jersey was subsequently autographed by Franz at the Cosmos reunion game at Giants Stadium on July 21, 1991."

    The long-sleeved white jersey is adorned with a navy tackle twill number "6" and Cosmos team logo patch on the chest, giving way to "Beckenbauer 6" on verso. A third number "6" is applied to upper right sleeve. Interior collar bears "Ellesse" manufacturer's label with a multi-national sizing tag that reports American size as "40M." Scattered light staining may relate to game play and does little to distract. Black sharpie signature on verso rates 9/10. Letter of provenance from New York Cosmos head athletic trainer. LOA from Heritage Auctions. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Auction LOA from James Spence Authentication.

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