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1911 Jack Killilay Boston Red Sox Road Jersey
Starting Bid - $2,000.00, Sold For - $12,925.00
This extremely rare Boston Red Sox road jersey was worn by pitcher Jack Killilay in 1911 and represents the earliest player-identified Major League baseball jersey recorded in the entire MEARS Population Report. Graded A7 by MEARS, it is also the highest-graded pre-1919 jersey of any kind in its census. This is a museum-quality jersey, from an era in which very few uniforms exist, even in the collection of the Hall of Fame. The gray, road flannel jersey is lettered “Boston” across the front in red felt letters. A “Wright & Ditson” label is located in the collar. The name “Killilay” is chain-stitched in faded green thread directly above the manufacturer’s label. Although no year tag is present, the jersey can be conclusively dated to 1911 due to the fact that Killilay only played in the Major Leagues for that one season. Killilay debuted with the Red Sox on May 13, 1911. Over the course of the next four months he appeared in fourteen games, seven as a starter, and finished the season and his career with a record of 4-2. The jersey, as one might expect for a garment of this age, displays moderate-to-heavy use and wear. The original lapel-style collar has been trimmed to its present state (possibly by the player) and the top button has been replaced. The front letters are lightly faded and the red dye of the felt has very slightly bled into the fabric of the shell. The jersey also displays a few tiny holes throughout, most of which appear along the front and rear tails. One of the interesting design features of this jersey is the presence of buttonholes along the edges of each sleeve for the attachment of a sleeve extender. Adjustable sleeves were common during the period and allowed the player to switch from short to long sleeves depending upon the weather. This jersey once resided in the famed Barry Halper Collection. It has been consigned to this auction directly from the original purchaser at the famous 1999 Halper auction. Graded A7 by MEARS (10 point base grade, with 1 point deducted for the bleeding, 1 point deducted for the small holes, a half point deducted for the trimmed collar, and another half point deducted for the replaced button). LOA from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $4,000/$6,000+. SOLD FOR $12,925.00
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