Exceptional Houston Astros home jersey worn by Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan during the 1982 season. Graded A10 by MEARS. In addition to being graded a perfect A10, MEARS' accompanying LOA (dated October 10, 2013) concludes with the following statement: "Upon review, this is the finest Nolan Ryan Astros jersey ever examined by the staff of MEARS Auctions and a centerpiece of any knit jersey collection." The multicolor "rainbow" knit jersey displays the team name "Astros" lettered on the front and features the number "34" on the reverse. The name "Ryan" is lettered on a white name plate on the reverse, directly above the number. All letters are appliquéd in navy tackle twill, while all numerals are appliquéd in navy on white tackle twill. A "Medalist/Sand-Knit 44" label is located on the left front tail, as is an additional "Medalist/Sand-Knit" label that reads "Designed & Tailored Exclusively for the Houston Astros National League." Ad adjacent white strip tag features both the year and jersey size ("82 44") printed in black. According to the MEARS LOA, this jersey originates from the personal collection of a Nike sales representative and was initially accompanied by a pair of Nolan Ryan game-used cleats. (The cleats no longer accompany the jersey, but they are described in the MEARS letter.) The jersey, which is original as issued, with no alterations, displays moderate wear, which, as MEARS notes in its letter, "would be consistent with a team utilizing three different styles of jerseys during the course of the season, and for a pitcher with 35 appearances. (In addition to its standard home and away jerseys, the Astros introduced an "alternate" style jersey in 1982 as well. The "alternate" style was used through the 1986 season.) 1982 marked Ryan's third season with Houston and also his season-high win total during his nine years with the club. Ryan finished the year with a record of 16-12 with 245 strikeouts and a 3.16 ERA. Ryan remains baseball's all-time strikeout leader, with his lifetime record of 5,714 strikeouts one of the few that may never be broken. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1999 during his first year of eligibility. Graded A10 by MEARS (base grade of 10, with no deductions). LOA from MEARS. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000++.
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