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1944-1945 Johnny Rucker New York Giants Game-Used Home Jersey with Pants and Socks

Starting Bid - $500.00 , Sold For - $2,643.75

New York Giants home jersey, dating from either the 1944 or 1945 season, worn by outfielder Johnny Rucker, "The Crabapple Comet." The white flannel zipper-front jersey is lettered "Giants" across the front and features the number "1" on the reverse. All letters and numerals are appliquéd in blue on red felt. The name "Rucker" is chain-stitched in red upon a white strip tag in the collar. Also located in the collar is a "Horace Partridge" label and an adjacent "42" size tag. The patriotic "flag" patch, worn by all Major League teams between the years 1942 and 1945, has been removed from the left sleeve, but its outline remains clearly visible. Aside from the removal of the patch, the jersey is completely original, with no alterations. Moderate wear is displayed throughout including a few light stains. Rucker played his entire six-year career (1940-1941, and 1943-1946) with the Giants. Although the Giants wore this style jersey, together with the flag patch, between the years 1942 and 1945, it can be even more narrowly dated to the two-year period 1944-1945 due to the fact that Rucker wore number "3" in 1943. A matching style pair of New York Giants home flannel pants, worn by Buster Maynard, accompanies the jersey, as does a pair of vintage red/white/blue stirrup socks. The pants feature the name "Maynard" chain-stitched in red upon a white strip tag located in the waistband. Also located in the waistband are a "Wilson" label and "36" size tag. The pants display heavy wear including a large team repair on the left leg. Maynard played with the Giants, intermittently, between the years 1940 and 1946. Rucker batted .244 and .273, respectively, in 1944 and 1945, and finished his career with a .272 lifetime average. Graded A9 by MEARS (10 point base grade, with 1 point subtracted for the missing flag patch). This is a rare Giants wartime uniform style example. It is one of only three 1940s New York Giant jerseys listed in the MEARS census and it represents, by far, the highest-graded example (A5.5 is the next highest grade). This jersey has been consigned to this auction directly from the personal collection/inventory of world-renowned bat and jersey authenticator David Bushing. LOA from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $2,643.75


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