Brooklyn Dodgers warm-up jacket worn by Hall of Fame shortstop Pee Wee Reese during the 1950s. This jacket once belonged to famed collector Barry Halper, who obtained it directly from Reese. It's provenance is documented in an accompanying handwritten letter from Pee Wee Reese, to Barry Halper, in which he attests to its provenance. The letter, written in blue Sharpie on the blank side of a 6-4-inch index card, reads "Hi Barry - This is my Brooklyn Dodger Jacket - Proud to have it in your collection - your friend Harold 'Pee Wee' Reese.' (Both the text and signature grade "10.") The blue tackle-twill jacket is lettered "Dodgers" across the front in white tackle-twill lettering. Blue-and-white cloth trim decorate the collar, cuffs, and waistband. A "Skinner" label and adjacent "42" size tag appear in the collar. Reese's uniform number ("1") is chain-stitched in white on the interior front tail. Signed by Reese in blue Sharpie ("9") on the white flourish under "Dodgers" on the front. The jacket displays heavy wear, including moderate-to-heavy tears to all of the cloth trim, and moderate soiling to the body of the jacket. This is an outstanding 1950s era Brooklyn Dodgers jacket, both with regard to the significance of the player and its unique provenance. Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Pre certified by Steve Grad and Brian Sobrero/Beckett Authentication. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000+.
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