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1927/1928 Jim Bottomley St. Louis Cardinals Game-Used Road Jersey
Starting Bid - $5,000.00, Sold For - $38,187.50
This exceedingly rare Jim Bottomley St. Louis Cardinals jersey dates to the 1927 and 1928 seasons and is the only known game-used Bottomley jersey in existence. Any Cardinals jersey from the 1920s is an incredible rarity but an example of a Hall of Famer is especially extraordinary. Bottomley is one of the few jerseys that is missing from the near-complete Hall of Fame jersey collection of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, and is also one of the very few Hall of Famer jerseys missing from the St. Louis Cardinals collection of Cardinals Hall of Famers. This jersey is all the more significant as 1928 was Bottomley's greatest season, and the year in which he was voted National League MVP. The gray-pinstripe flannel jersey features the team name "Cardinals" embroidered on the front, above which is displayed the club's distinctive logo of two cardinals perched upon a bat. Both a "Rawlings" and "Peacock Sporting Goods" label appear in the collar. The name "Bottomley" is chain-stitched in red (since faded) along the left front tail. The jersey, which predates uniform numbers, has had the sun collar removed (a common practice at the time) and displays a few minor team repairs on the right sleeve. Otherwise, the garment is all original with no other alterations. Moderate use is displayed throughout. The jersey displays light bleeding along the area where the jersey touched the waistband of the pants, as well as under the armpits. A few small moth holes are also evident. This jersey style was only worn by the Cardinals for a portion of the 1927 season and for the entire 1928 season. All 1920s flannel jerseys are extremely rare and are highly prized by collectors. As a point of reference with regard to its extreme rarity, only fourteen jerseys/uniforms dating from the 1920s are currently documented in the MEARS population report and only five of these belong to members of the Hall of Fame. "Sunny Jim" Bottomley was one of the top hitters of his era, and the years 1927 and 1928 represented two of his finest overall seasons. In 1927 Bottomley batted .303 with 19 home runs and 124 RBI. The following year he batted .325 and posted career- and league-high numbers in triples (20), home runs (31), and RBI (136). Bottomley retired in 1937 with 219 home runs, 1,422 RBI, and a .310 lifetime average. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1974. Graded A7 by MEARS (base grade of 10, with 2 points deducted for the wear/moth holes/repairs, and 1 point deducted for the bleeding). This jersey has been consigned to this auction directly from the personal collection of world-renowned bat authenticator David Bushing. LOAs from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $5,000. Estimate $10,000/$15,000. SOLD FOR $38,187.50
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