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1953-1955 New York Knicks "Bumblebee" Jersey

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $2,115

Rare New York Knicks “bumblebee” style home uniform (jersey and trunks) dating to the three-year period 1953-1955. Graded A10 by MEARS. The white cotton jersey is lettered “New York” on the front and features the number “3” on both the front and reverse. All letters and numerals are appliquéd in blue tackle twill. Located on the interior left front tail are a “MacGregor” label, an “L” size tag (indicating “Large”), and a laundry tag. The matching white shorts display both a “MacGregor 36” label and a “Thorp Sporting Goods” label in the waistband. Both the jersey and shorts feature an alternating blue-and-orange trim; hence, it is referred to as the “bumblebee” style. The uniform is all-original, with no alterations, and displays significant wear throughout. The Knicks only wore this “bumblebee” style uniform between the years 1953 and 1957 (and possibly a portion of the 1958 season as well). During that time period, only two players wore number “3” with the Knicks: Buddy Ackerman during the 1953-54 season and Bob Knight during the 1954-55 season. Therefore, the offered jersey can be conclusively dated to the time period 1953 through 1955. Graded A10 by MEARS. Not only is this an extremely rare jersey style, but it is also the second earliest Knicks jersey listed in the entire MEARS census. The NBA began play in 1946 and any and all game-used garments from the League’s first few years are both extremely rare and highly prized by collectors. The fact that this jersey is not only a rare style, but is accompanied by the matching shorts makes it a true museum-caliber display piece. LOA from Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $2,115

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