MastroNet Winter 2003
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Between the years 1942 through 1957, if someone claimed that there was a better hitter in the National League than the Cardinals' Stan Musial that person would most likely have been told, in a nice manner, to go have their head examined. Stan "The Man" batted over .300 in each season during that span, winning seven batting titles and driving in over 100 runs on 10 separate occasions. 1951 in particular witnessed one of Musial's finest overall seasons as the three time MVP led the League in batting (.355), runs scored (124), and triples (12) while also totaling 32 home runs and 108 RBI.
Offered is a St. Louis Cardinals road jersey worn by legendary Hall of Famer Stan Musial during that banner 1951 season. The gray flannel jersey, with zipper front, 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 "6" appears on the reverse in red felt with navy trim. The National League "75 Anniversary" patch (worn by all National League clubs that season) is situated on the left sleeve. A "Rawlings" label appears in the collar, and directly below are both a "44" size tag and wash tag. "Musial" and "51-1" (denoting year and set) are each chain stitched in red along the left front tail. Musial has signed ("9") the jersey in black Sharpie along the lower left breast.
It should be noted that the decorative patch on the left sleeve is an authentic 1951 anniversary patch which has been professionally replaced on the jersey. This replacement has been done with the utmost care and precision; making sure to cover the exact area of the first patch and employing the identical stitch style as that of the original. The result of that meticulous attention to detail is that the present patch is now indistinguishable from its former occupant. It is important to understand that virtually no 1951 jersey found today still retains its anniversary patch. The reason for that is the fact that jerseys were commonly recycled during that time as a cost saving practice, most often reused the following spring or sent down for use in the minors. In either event it was customary to remove such date defining patches from the jerseys, hence their rarity today. As veteran uniform collectors well know, authentic and original 1951 anniversary patches, like the one reapplied to this jersey, are extremely rare and highly sought after collectibles in their own right, often selling for thousands of dollars, when they can be found.
With the exception of the aforementioned patch replacement, the garment is original and unaltered. The material is in remarkable condition, retaining all of its original suppleness, and the zipper remains fully functional. Musial was seldom out of the lineup in 1951, missing just one game, and the beautiful wear exhibited throughout the garment reflects his everyday status. Three minor repaired tears are evident on the reverse, as are a few light scattered stains, and the number displays some slight fading from its exposure to the hot sun during those long summer days in St. Louis. A simply impeccable 1951 Hall of Fame game jersey worn by Stan "The Man" Musial during one of the most productive seasons of his legendary career. LOAs from Dan Knoll & Dave Bushing/GAI and Mike Gutierrez & Bob Gryder/GAI and James Spence & Steve Grad/PSA DNA.
Stan Musial 1951 St. Louis Cardinals Signed Road Jersey
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