1968 “Blue Moon” Odom Signed Oakland A’s Alternate Jersey

Sold For: $1,880

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1342

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Rare and significant one-year-only style Oakland Athletics alternate jersey worn by pitcher "Blue Moon" Odom during the team's first season in Oakland in 1968. Graded a perfect A10 by MEARS. The gold flannel "vest-style" jersey, which was used as an alternate jersey (road and home), is lettered “Oakland” across the front and features the number “13” on the reverse. The front letters are appliqu�d in an embroidered color pattern of green-on-white-on-green. The reverse numerals are appliqu�d in green-on-white tackle twill, with a green embroidered trim. Situated on the left front tail are a “McAuliffe” label, a “’68” year tag and a “40” size tag. Odom has inscribed the jersey in black marker (grading "9") on the right breast "John 'Blue Moon' Odom #13." The jersey is completely original, with no alterations, and displays light wear. Odom was signed by Charlie Finley right out of high school in 1964, whereupon the irrepressible A's owner immediately gave him the nickname "Blue Moon." Odom struggled during his first four seasons, which were spent both in the majors and minors, but in 1968, with the club's move to Oakland, he enjoyed his breakout season. Odom finished the season with a career-high sixteen wins, against ten losses, and a 2.45 ERA. He also made the first of his two consecutive All-Star Game appearances that summer. After the 1969 season Odom was hampered with injuries, but his fifteen wins in 1972 helped lead the A's to their first of three consecutive World Championships. Odom was with the A's during each of those next two championship seasons, and he retired in 1971 with a career mark of 84-85. Graded A10 by MEARS. This is the only "Blue Moon" Odom jersey, and one of just six 1968 A's jerseys, listed in the MEARS census. LOAs from Troy Kinunen and Dave Grob/MEARS and James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $1,880

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