1954 Red Schoendienst St. Louis Cardinals Signed Game-Used Road Jersey

Sold For: $5,288

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1336

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St. Louis Cardinals flannel road jersey worn by Hall of Fame second baseman Red Schoendienst during the 1954 season. Graded A7.5 by MEARS. The gray zipper-front jersey is lettered "Cardinals" across the front in red embroidery, with the team's logo (a bat with a cardinal on each end) embroidered above. The number "2" is appliqu�d on the reverse in red on navy felt. Both a "Rawlings Hall of Fame Flannel" label and "42" size tag appear in the collar. "Schoendienst" is chain-stitched in red on the left front tail. Located on the right interior front tail are a wash tag and an adjacent flag tag reading "Set 1 1954." Schoendienst has signed the jersey in blue marker (grading "4/5") along the base of the right front tail. The jersey is completely original, with no alterations, and displays moderate wear throughout. The front zipper is not functional due to the loss of the zipper pull and the number "2" on the reverse displays both wear and slight separation from the stitching. 1954 marked one of Schoendienst's finest seasons at the plate. In addition to batting .315, which was his second-highest seasonal average, he also matched his career-high for RBI with 79. Schoendienst was one of the finest defensive second basemen of his era and led the league in fielding percentage at his position on six separate occasions. A ten-time All-Star performer, he finished his nineteen-year career with a .289 lifetime average and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1989. Graded A7.5 by MEARS (10 point base grade, with 1.5 points deducted for the wear/stitch separation to the number and 1 point deducted for the nonfunctional zipper). This is one of only eight 1950s Cardinals jerseys, and one of just two Red Schoendienst jerseys listed in the entire MEARS census. (The other Schoendienst jersey, a 1946 Cardinals example grading A9.5 and accompanied by matching pants, socks, and sliding pads, was featured as Lot 1356 in Robert Edward Auctions May 2008 auction and realized a final sales price of $23,500.) Schoendienst jerseys are extremely rare and this example, dating from the height of his celebrated career, would be a welcome addition to any advanced Hall of Fame jersey collection. LOAs from Troy Kinunen and Dave Grob/MEARS and James Spence/JSA. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000+

SOLD FOR $5,288

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