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1971 Graig Nettles Game-Worn Indians Flannel Jersey

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1971 Graig Nettles Game-Worn Indians Flannel Jersey

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Graig Nettles played 22 major league seasons, half of which were spent at the glamorous Bronx Zoo playing for Sir George. Prior to that, the six time All-Star toiled for the Twins and Indians where the pinstripes he donned in five of those six seasons were a far cry from those worn by the fabled New York Yankees.
Yet, two of his three seasons in Cleveland saw Nettles and teammates don two of the most attractive pinstripe styles in modern history.
The 1970 version carried a 3-color 3-D nickname on front, and was extremely popular. The next season, the Tribe remained in pinstripes but inexplicably modified the front identifier to an arched plain block midnight navy font. Less dramatic perhaps, but still loaded with simplistic class. This ’71 Nettles home flannel is one of a few known to exist in its original unaltered format. The reason is two fold. First, most of the flashier 1970 jerseys were stripped of front and back identifiers and re-sewn for use in 1971.
Secondly, new sets were used but were subsequently stripped and sent to minor league camps for use with the advent of the double knit era in ’72.
The lightweight cotton flannel blend has retained its white luster amidst the arrays of pinstripes.
The front identifier (INDIANS) and #12 on the verso show softness of wear, are original and in fine shape. The “Chief Wahoo” patch on the left sleeve also remains in picturesque condition.
The lower left front tail sports a ’67-73’ era Wilson size 44 label accompanied by a ‘71’ year swatch.
The only blemish is a markered wreath like 3½” x ¾”, drawing just above the Wilson label in the 1:00 p.m. position. What it stands for is anyone’s guess, but it is not obtrusive and is low enough so as not to disturb front displayability.

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1970,1971,Game-Worn,Jersey,Major League,Minor League  Graig Nettles

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