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Circa 1921 Washington Senators Complete Game-Used Road Uniform - Jersey, Pants, and Hat
Starting Bid - $2,000, Sold For - $23,500
This exceedingly rare early 1920s Washington Senators complete road uniform ensemble (jersey, pants, and hat) originates from the personal collection of former Senators catcher Val Picinich, who played with Washington from 1918 through 1922. Graded A9.5 by MEARS. The grey pinstriped flannel jersey is quite basic in design and is identified simply by a black embroidered "W" on each sleeve. Located in the collar are a "Spalding" label and the name "Woodward," which is chain-stitched in red. The matching flannel pants, with a button-down fly, feature a "Spalding" label in the waistband. The name "Shanks" is chain-stitched in the waistband of the pants in red directly below the manufacturer's label. The navy wool cap features an embroidered white "W" on the front. All of the garments, which are original and unaltered, are heavily worn but remain in fine condition given their age and former use. The jersey displays light staining around the collar and minor wear to the "W" on each sleeve. The pants are lightly soiled and have a team repair on the right knee. Also included with the uniform is a pair of vintage sliding pads and undershirt, both of which are heavily worn and tattered. Pitcher Frank Woodward only played with Washington in 1921 and 1922, thus conclusively dating the jersey to one of those two years. While it is is highly probable that the pants and hat date from either of those two years as well, it's also possible that they may have been worn in other years. Third baseman Howie Shanks played with Washington from 1912 through 1922, but Picinich didn't join the club until 1918. Thus, Picinich could have conceivably acquired the pants anytime between the years 1918 and 1921. The style hat offered here was worn by Washington for many years, thus making a precise dating based solely upon its design not possible. That said, its unique provenance dates it with certainty to the early 1920s. The jersey is graded A9.5 by MEARS (base grade of 10, but minus a half point for the light staining around the collar and the wear to the "W" on each sleeve). Major League flannel jerseys of this vintage are extremely rare today and are highly prized by collectors. As a point of reference with regard to the offered jersey's extreme rarity, it should be noted that only sixteen other Major League jerseys dating from the 1920s are currently even listed in the MEARS population report, and of those only three are graded higher than A9.5. The only other 1920s Senators jersey listed in the population report is one worn by Walter Johnson. The offered jersey is exceptional in all respects, especially with regard to provenance, and would make a substantial addition to any advanced collection. Included with the ensemble is an original snapshot photo (from the Picinich Collection) of Val Picinich and two other Washington players wearing this exact style uniform. Total 4 items (jersey, pants, cap, and photo). LOA Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $4,000+. SOLD FOR $23,500
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