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1962 Sherman Jones New York Mets Game-Used Road Jersey and Matching Pants - First Season in Franchise History

Starting Bid - $1,500.00, Sold For - $4,993.75

The most classic, noteworthy, and desirable jersey styles in the world of uniform collecting are usually from the greatest teams to ever take the field, such as the 1927 Yankees, the 1955 Dodgers, and the 1969 Mets. There is, however, one exception. Presented is an extremely rare and extraordinary flannel road jersey (with matching pants) from the New York Mets' inaugural season of 1962. It has been graded a perfect A10 by MEARS. This is the uniform of pitching ace Sherman Jones, whose 0-4 record in eight games, and impressive 7.71 era played a role in keeping the club on pace and helping the 1962 Mets achieve baseball immortality. (Despite his significant contributions, Jones retired immediately after the 1962 season, never to set foot on a Major League diamond again). This is not just a very rare jersey. This is a uniform with a story. Some uniforms are historic due to the status of the club or the player who wore it. Others are valued for their rarity of style. Few are highly prized due to the club's failure that season. There is no team in the history of professional sports whose lack of success on the field is remembered and ingrained into the consciousness of popular culture in quite the same way as the 1962 Mets. Simply put, the 1962 Mets are legendary for their overwhelming lack of success. There is no need to sugarcoat the facts: They were terrible. Despite being managed by the inimitable Casey Stengel and boasting a number of baseball greats (albeit well past their prime) such as Richie Ashburn and Gil Hodges, the Mets set a single-season record of ineptitude that remains to this day. The team began the year with nine straight losses; and then things got worse. The Mets, many said, were the first team to truly turn losing into an art form. No team ever did it better or more often. When the season finally ended, the team had set a record for failure that will probably never be broken, registering 120 losses against only forty wins. After the season Stengel was quoted as saying, "When I go back in my mind to our play in 1962, I just wonder how we ever got to win 40 games. Imagine, 40 games! I won with this club what I used to lose!" The offered flannel road uniform is all original, with no alterations, and is comprised of a 1962 jersey and matching pants (the pants are possibly from a different year). The gray jersey is lettered "New York" across the front and features the number "36" on the reverse. All letters and numerals are appliquéd in blue felt on orange tackle twill. A circular New York Mets team patch adorns the left sleeve. The uniform number and year ("36-1962") are chain-stitched in black upon a gray strip tag in the collar. A "Wilson 46" label appears on the left front tail. The matching gray pants (possibly from a later year) bear no year tag but are correctly styled for the period. A "40" size tag appears in the waist and blue piping runs down the side of each leg. The jersey and pants display light wear, including some minor fading to the reverse numerals on the jersey. Note: Both Bob G. Miller and Sherman Jones wore number "36" for the Mets in 1962. However, due to their different sizes (Miller was 6' 1"/185 and Jones was 6' 4"/205) the jersey is attributed with virtual certainty to Jones. This uniform comes with the added provenance of having originated directly from the estate of a former Mets scout and is accompanied by both a letter detailing its history and a Mets cap worn by the scout. 1962 Mets jerseys are extremely rare. This is the very first 1962 Mets jersey we have ever offered. Graded a A10 by MEARS. LOA from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $1,500. Estimate $3,000/$5,000. SOLD FOR $4,993.75

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