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1928-1930 New York Americans Hockey Game Sweater - Possible Attribution to Hall of Famer Harry "Punch" Broadbent
Starting Bid - $10,000, Sold For - $11,850
Exceedingly rare New York Americans game sweater, dating from the three-year period 1928-1930, possibly worn by Hall of Famer Harry "Punch" Broadbent during his final season. Graded A8.5 by MEARS. This is one of only a few examples of this early New York Americans sweater style known to exist and the first we have ever offered. Amazingly, it is also new to the hobby. Our consignor's father grew up near Madison Square Garden and during his youth he used to run errands for the New York Americans players. One player, "Rabbit McVeigh," took a particular liking to him and gave him this sweater as a token of appreciation. In turn, he later presented the sweater to his son (our consignor), who has had it in his possession since the 1950s. Ideally, it is accompanied by a notarized letter of provenance from our consignor detailing its history.
As noted by MEARS in its LOA, this style jersey was only used by the Americans for the three-year period 1928-1930:
The sweater is full length sleeve with ribbed crew collar. The sleeve cuffs are also ribbed. 29 individually cut stars are sewn on the front red field. "Americans" is hand cut and sewn individually on a blue strip across the front. "New York" is also sewn across the front in red on blue felt. 20 individually cut stars are sewn on the reverse on the red field. Uniform number 8 is sewn in blue felt in the white and red stripe reverse field. . . . The jersey is tagged and manufactured by Alex Taylor & Co., 22 E. 42nd St., New York. The tagging is complete, original, and sewn inside the front bottom. . . . Jersey shows heavy wear. 4 small holes are found on the sweater front and two on the right sleeve. Some seam separation is found on the set in seams of the sleeves, which may be associated with game wear and are mentioned for accuracy. A small brown stain is found on the front "O." The left armpit area shows a large stain, and the seam has separated and has a repair.
According to information found on the Society of International Hockey Research website, three different players wore number "8" for the Americans between the years 1928 and 1930: Red Green in 1928, Harry Broadbent in 1929, and Bill Boyd in 1930. Broadbent only played with the Americans in 1929, which also marked his final season. One of the game's first great power forwards, he was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1962. While it is impossible to determine which of those three players wore this jersey (possibly all three), there is at least a one-in-three chance it was Broadbent. Unfortunately, the scarcity of suitable photos from that period precludes the possibility of a photo match at this time.
The New York Americans, known as the "Amerks," were the third franchise in NHL history and the second American franchise in the league. The team was founded in 1925 and continued play through 1942 before disbanding. Today, the team is largely forgotten because they were immediately overshadowed by the more successful New York Rangers. The Rangers were founded in 1926 and just one year later captured the Stanley Cub. The Americans never won a Stanley Cup, but did reach the semifinals twice.
This is one of the earliest NHL game sweaters extant and easily one of the most attractive. The fact that it comes with such outstanding provenance and is new to the hobby only adds to its appeal. Graded A8.5 by MEARS (10 point base grade, with a half point each deducted for staining, underarm repair, and the miscellaneous holes). LOA from Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $10,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $11,850
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