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Lot 244

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Lot Number: 244

Description: Scarce and significant Kansas City Monarchs professional model jerseyc.1945-47. Grey flannel pinstriped jersey with red and navy blue piping retaining its original -KC+ lettering across the front with matching -9+ on the back. Interior collar area retains a stitched label which has faded from age and is not legible. Evident use and wash wear throughout including a single tiny moth hole on the -K+ on front. The offered jersey originated from the family of Jack Edward Harrington who had a tryout with the Kansas City Blues in the 1940s at Blues Stadium in Kansas City. The players were all issued uniforms of various types to which Harrington received the offered Monarchs jersey. Blues Stadium (known by several other names as well) was shared by the Blues and the Monarchs between period of 1937-1954. Based on comparison with documented period images we can ascertain that the Blue never wore jerseys with the identical traits of the offered jersey. Additionally, this particular jersey style was worn by the Kansas City Monarchs during the mid 1940s era as documented within period identified photography. We believe the jersey to be attributable to Walter Thomas dating to the 1945 season who wore uniform #9. Negro League jerseys of any period are exceedingly scarce with this example being one of less than five which we have handled in our 24 year history. Truly incredible scarcity as recently discovered having descended directly within the Harrington family until its offering within the current auction. Includes LOA from Hunt Auctions, LOA from MEARS Authentication, and letter of provenance from the Harrington family: EX

Estimated Price Range: ($15,000-$25,000)

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