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Honus Wagner 1908/09 Uniform Sleeve Logo
Starting Bid - $4,000.00, Sold For - $19,720.00
This embroidered Pittsburgh Pirates team logo ("PBC"), which is sewn upon a grey flannel uniform section, once adorned the left sleeve of a game jersey worn by Honus Wagner in 1908/09 (the logo only appeared on Pirates uniforms in 1908/09). It originates directly from Honus Wagner family and is accompanied by a signed letter of authenticity from Leslie Blair (Wagner's granddaughter). The significance of this small 4.5 x 4.5 inch square uniform section lies in the fact that no jersey or uniform dating from Wagner's playing days is known to have survived. Unfortunately, the existence of this section directly relates to that sad fact. According to the story told by the family, Wagner's 1909 jersey was the one example (dating from his playing days) saved by the Hall of Fame great. Approximately thirty years ago, his heirs, upon examining the tattered garment, noticed that it was in very poor condition with numerous tears throughout. At the time, having no reason to save it, they simply discarded it, but not before removing the sleeve logo, which they thought would make an appropriate keepsake. With that thought in mind they decided to have it matted and framed so that it could be properly displayed in their home. Today, the swatch still remains housed in that original frame; a rare remnant from one of baseball's greatest "lost treasures." This is the very sleeve patch and logo worn by Wagner that is seen on so many circa 1909 cards and photographs of Wagner. Instead of lamenting what might have been, collector's should instead "see the glass half full" and appreciate this piece for what it truly is: an extraordinary, unique, and significant partial game garment worn by Wagner during the height of his legendary career. The framed uniform section is accompanied by a non-vintage print featuring Wagner circa 1909, as well as an LOA from Wagner's granddaughter, Leslie (Wagner) Blair. Total dimensions 8.5 x 8.5 inches. Reserve $4,000. Estimate $8,000/$12,000. SOLD FOR $19,720.00
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