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Lot # 804: 1968 Gil Hodges First Ever as a Manager New York Mets Game Worn Jersey (Photo-Matched LOA)

Category: Baseball Equipment

Starting Bid: $2,000.00

Bids: 13 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "Spring Classic 2022",
which ran from 5/20/2022 7:00 PM to
6/11/2022 10:00 PM

From Gil Hodges' days with the Mets in New York comes this outstanding game worn jersey.  Remarkable Spalding jersey is complete with all manufacturers tagging including size "44" tag, wash instructions and "Set 1 1967" flag on the front tail along with a felt "44-67-44" swatch in the collar.  Pin striped home jersey features the famous Mets insignia (restored) and "14" on the front with a Mets skyline logo on the left sleeve and an oversized "14" on the reverse; all in blue felt on orange tackle twill. 

 Repurposed and issued to Hodges in the spring of 1968, this jersey was originally worn by Al Schmelz, a pitcher on the 1967 roster.  Since Schmelz and Hodges both wore the same size 44 and the jersey was lightly used and relatively new at the time, one of the "4s" in "44" was replaced with a "1" making it a Gil Hodges number "14" jersey.  Jersey shows fine use and features numerous signs of wear including stains in the ventilated arm pits, pulls, a few thins spots and dirt stains on the back.  Comes with Photomatch.com letter.

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