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1972 Bob Bailey Montreal Expos Game-Used Home Flannel Jersey Plus Matching Pants
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $3,525.00
Offered is Montreal Expos home flannel jersey worn by infielder Bob Bailey in 1972 that is accompanied by a pair of home flannel pants worn by utility man John Boccabella in 1971. The white flannel jersey is lettered "Expos" on the left breast, above which is displayed the team's distinctive tricolor logo. The number "3" appears on the right breast and reverse. All letters and numbers are appliquéd in blue tackle twill. A "Rawlings 40" label is located in the collar. Both the set number and year ("Set 1 72") are chain-stitched in blue along the left front tail. The jersey is missing its bottom button; otherwise it is completely original with no alterations. Moderate wear is displayed throughout. The Montreal Expos, who are now known as the Washington Nationals, began play in 1969 and were the first Major League franchise located outside of the United States. Bob Bailey was one of the original members of the expansion Expos in 1969 and he remained with the club through the 1975 season. Bailey, who was known more for his bat than his fielding, batted .251 with 14 home runs and 84 RBI in 1972. The offered garment represents a particularly scarce and desirable "style" jersey as the Expos permanently switched from flannel to double-knit uniforms following the 1972 season, as did every Major League team. Accompanying the jersey is a pair of Montreal Expos home pants dating from the 1971 season. The white flannel pants feature red/white/blue piping down the side of each leg and a zipper fly. Situated in the front of the waistband are a “Rawlings 36” label, a laundry tag and an adjacent flag tag reading “Set 1 #8P 1971.” Both the size and inseam measurement (“36 24”) are chain-stitched in black upon a white strip tag located in the rear waistband. The number “12” is written in black marker next to the manufacturer’s tag. Utility player John Boccabella wore number “12” for the Expos in 1971. The jersey has been graded A9.5 by MEARS (base grade of 10, with a half point deducted for the missing button). Total: 2 pieces (jersey and pants). LOA from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $3,525.00
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