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1972 Cecil Cooper Boston Red Sox Signed Game-Used Road Jersey
Starting Bid - $200.00 , Sold For - $1,175.00
Boston Red Sox road jersey worn by first baseman Cecil Cooper during the 1972 season. Graded A10 by MEARS. The gray knit jersey is lettered "Boston" across the front and features the number "17" on the reverse. All letters and numerals are appliquéd in red on navy tackle twill. Located on the front tail are a "1972" year tag, a "McAuliffe" label, and a "42" size tag. Cooper has personally attested to the jersey's game-used status by inscribing it in black marker (grading "8") on the front, "Cecil Cooper - 1972 gamer." The jersey is completely original, with no alterations, and displays moderate wear. The Boston Red Sox switched from flannel jerseys to knit jerseys in mid season of 1972 (immediately after the All-Star Game); therefore, this is one of the earliest Boston Red Sox knit jerseys in existence. Cooper played sparingly with Boston in 1972, batting .235 with 2 home runs and 2 RBI in just 17 at bats. Two years later he became the club's starting first baseman and in 1977 he was traded to the Brewers, where he quickly flourished. Cooper batted over .300 for seven consecutive seasons, including a career high .352 in 1980, and twice led the American League in RBI. He retired after the 1987 season with .298 lifetime average. Graded A10 by MEARS. This is currently the only 1972 Boston Red Sox knit jersey and one of two Cecil Cooper jerseys (the other is a 1984 Brewers jersey, also graded A10) in the MEARS population report. This jersey has been consigned to this auction directly from the personal collection/inventory of world-renowned bat and jersey authenticators David Bushing and/or Troy Kinunen. LOAs from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS and James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$800. SOLD FOR $1,175.00
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