1997 Tom Glavine Atlanta Braves Signed Game-Used Jersey
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $1,896.00
Atlanta Braves home jersey worn by future Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Glavine in a game against the Colorado Rockies at Turner Field on September 12, 1997. This jersey was obtained directly from the Atlanta Braves and is accompanied by a COA, dated 9/13/97, signed by Danny Goodwin, Executive Director of the Atlanta Braves Foundation. The white knit jersey is lettered "Braves" across the front, below which is the team's tomahawk logo. Displayed on the reverse are the number "47" and the name "Glavine." All letters and numerals are appliquéd in red on navy tackle twill with the exception of the name on the reverse, which is appliquéd in navy tackle twill. A special Jackie Robinson commemorative patch (celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of his 1947 debut), which was worn by every Major League team in 1997, adorns the right sleeve. Located on the left front tail are a "Wilson" label and the year, "97," which is stitched in navy on a white strip tag. Located directly next to the Wilson label a flag tag denoting the size, "42." Glavine has signed the jersey in black Sharpie (grading "9") on the numeral "7." The jersey is original, with no alterations, and displays moderate wear.
Tom Glavine did not appear in the game against Colorado on September 12, 1997, which was won by the Rockies 3-1. Glavine enjoyed another successful season in 1997, finishing the year with a 14-7 record and a 2.96 ERA. As one of the mainstays of baseball's best pitching staff during the 1990s, Glavine won twenty or more games five times during his 22-year career, and is one of only twenty-four pitchers to win 300 or more games (305). Included among his many achievements are two Cy Young Awards, and ten All-Star Game appearances. Given his numbers, Glavine appears to be a sure-fire first ballot Baseball Hall of Fame inductee in 2014 (fittingly, he will most likely join longtime teammate Greg Maddux in the Hall's class of 2014). Modern-era jerseys (dating from 1987 and later) accompanied by iron-clad provenance, such as this garment, are the rare exception rather than the rule. It should also be noted that in the absence of such provenance, modern-era jerseys are extremely challenging to authenticate, especially in distinguishing between those that are game used and those that are "team issued." This jersey, coming directly from the team, provides collectors with supreme reassurance of not only its game-used status, but the specific nature of its use, and the exact game in which it was worn. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$800. SOLD FOR $1,896.00