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Lot # 1186: 1988-89 Ron Francis Hartford Whalers Game Worn Jersey (Resolution Photo-Matched to 1989-90 Topps & O-Pee-Chee Cards)

Category: Hockey

Starting Bid: $2,000.00

Bids: 27 (Bid History)

Time Left: Auction closed
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Item was in Auction "2023 Summer Classic",
which ran from 7/16/2023 7:00 PM to
8/5/2023 10:00 PM

1988-89 Hartford Whalers jersey game worn by popular Hall of Famer Ron Francis. We have handled a few nice Francis Whalers jerseys but we are partial to this one being our favorite as it comes with a Resolution Photo-Matching letter and is definitively matched to five undated images vs. the NJ Devils that are labeled as circa 1989, but the best is the sixth image that it was matched to - his 1989-90 Topps and O-Pee-Chee hockey cards. The green jersey itself is a killer - 100% original with tons of use including stick marks, loose threads, paint transfers, burns, pilling, team repairs, and unrepaired cuts. Maska Air-Knit tag is in the collar, team logo on the chest is formed by two separate pieces, with the "W" and the whale tail forming the Hartford "H" using the green jersey background. Captain's C is on left chest and number 10 is on both sleeves and back, name is on a plate above rear number, all in white-on-blue tackle twill. An 18-year old Francis joined the former WHA franchise in 1981-82, and his pairing with Mario Lemieux after his 1990-91 trade to the Pittsburgh Penguins resulted in a pair of Stanley Cup Championships. In all, Francis recorded 1,798 career points over the course of his 23 NHL seasons, making him an easy selection to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Comes with Resolution Photomatching documentation along with a 7x5" black wood plaque with plate reading, "Ron Francis Game Worn Jersey."

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