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Johan Cruyff Game-Used #10 Ajax Shirt. Circa 1968/69.

Winning Bid: $2,244.00

Auction ends: April 13, 2019 11:00 PM
Timezone: America/Los_Angeles

Winning Bid: $2,244.00

Total price with Buyers Premium: $2,692.80

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Please note:  The collar is red.  The images provided may be confusing to some as the mannequin/form is white.


A Johan Cruyff Game-Worn #10 AFC Ajax Home Shirt dating to the 1968/1969 season.  Cruyff made 43 appearances in all competitions during the 68/69 season, scoring a remarkable 34 goals at the age of 21.  Cruyff’s performances helped to lead Ajax to the European Cup Final, where the dutch side would ultimately lose to AC Milan.  This garment was an original piece of Ajax squad equipment, and was worn on the filed of play by the young Dutch phenom.  It is unknown which match(es), this specific garment was worn in.  It was not uncommon for tops to be worn/used multiple times during this time period.  Upon close inspection, you will come to find this garment in the following condition:  This shirt shows it’s age of nearly 50 years.  The garment possesses that familiar scent with a garment of age.  There are some loose threads/stitching along the bottom hem.  A handful of small pin-size holes are present throughout.  Stitching has slightly come undone near the shoulder/neck.  The Bukta labels are intact and in good condition.  Various staining exists throughout the shirt.  The shirt is slightly misshapen over time.  Numbers remain firmly stitched.  The white fabric and numbers are not the crisp bright white they would have originally have been 50 years ago.  Overall, the garment remains in very good condition for it’s age while showing all the hallmarks of a garment from this time period.

Please take a moment to review the authentication notes provided, as well as the provided photographs:

1.  Bukta manufactured garment.  Bukta label to inner neckline.  Label reads:  “Bukta  Zeebux  Made in England”.  This label dates correctly to the 1968/69 season, with comparative examples available.  Smaller bukta label appears inside the body side of the garment.  This label features the Bukta script to one side, and wash instructions to the reverse.

2.  Cruyff’s squad #10 stitched to the back of the garment in cloth.  As is well known, Cruyff did not begin wearing his famous #14 shirt until the 1970 season.  Prior to 1970, Cruyff was most commonly seen in squad numbers 9 or 10 while playing for both Ajax and the Dutch National side.  During the 1968/69 season, Cruyff most commonly wore the #10 shirt during European competitions.  Please see provided photographs as evidence.  During this time period, squad numbering was globally used on the 1-11 numbering system.  In 1970, Cruyff famously grabbed a #14 shirt when a shirt went missing, and after a strong performance it led to his strong preference for the #14 shirt from that point forward.  This led to a change, as more and more players began choosing their preferred number over their assigned 1-11 squad number.  One of many ways Cruyff left his impact on the game.

3.  Garment appears to be cotton.  Ribbed trim to neck and sleeve ends.  Red center panel and red collar with white body sides and sleeves.  Red sleeve ends.  There were many variations in style during the Cruyff era, and this style is pinpoint in both style and width of the center panel for the 1968/1969 season.

4.  There is no size label present in the garment.  The garment most closely resembles a modern day Medium/Tall.

5.  Appropriate Bukta identifiers throughout.

Perhaps the finest Cruyff example on offer to date.  A superb Ajax example worn during the 1968/69 season, which saw Cruyff score 34 goals in 43 club appearances and a place in the European Cup Final.  Originally gifted by Cruyff to a former Dutch teammate, and spending the past several years in a private collection.  This lot will come presented in a lovely black gift boxy for future safe keeping.

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