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Johan Cruyff Game-Used #14 AFC Ajax Home Shirt.
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A Johan Cruyff Game-Used #14 AFC Ajax Home Shirt from the Dutch legend’s first stint with Ajax (1957-1973). Cruyff would return to his boyhood club again from 1981-1983. This garment was an original piece of AFC Ajax squad equipment, and was worn by Cruyff during an unknown match(es) during the late 1960’s/early 1970’s. Upon close inspection, you will come to find this garment in the following condition: The garment shows it’s age and use. There are a number of small pin-size holes throughout. Too numerous to count. There is a small section to the lower back where the red panel meets the white panel where a number of holes exist. It should be noted that this garment should be handled with care to prevent further damage. There is an overall piling of the fabric throughout. The fabric is quite soft from age. Stitching appears solid throughout. The white portions of the garment have greyed/darkened somewhat from age. Some light markings exist throughout. There is some light staining in spots. The Bukta labels are intact and remain vivid.
Please take a moment to review the authentication notes provided, as well as the provided photographs:
1. Bukta manufactured. Made in England. Bukta label stitched to inner collar reads: “Bukta. Zeebux. Made in England.” Second Bukta label appears inside the garment along the lower back. Label reads to one side: “Bukta. Made in England.”, and to the other side: “Do not boil – Use hand hot water. Use only pure soap. Avoid Chemicals. Rinse twice in clean water. Pull into shape and dry flat.”. Labeling is consistent with shirts dating from the mid-1960’s to the early 1970’s. Bukta began introducing a slightly altered label design in the early 1970’s, with some overlap between the two labels occurring.
2. Cruyff’s squad numbers stitched to back in cloth. Style consistent with this era, and one of many number/font variations used by Ajax during this time period.
3. Garment appears to be 100% cotton knit. Fabric is of a mid-weight consistent with this time period.
4. No size label is evident. The garment most closely resembles a size Medium. Chest measures approximately 38″ across. Shirts were often a standard size during this time period.
5. A note on Ajax shirts from this time period: There are seemingly endless variations of both a subtle and not-so-subtle nature. A variety of number fonts existed, both in style and size. The wide red stripe that runs down the center of the garment came in varying widths; some narrower than the width of the collar, some slightly wider, and others even wider. Some examples exhibited a red collar with white sleeve cuffs, others with both red cuffs and collar, further examples show white collars with white cuffs. Collar variations exist as well both in width and style. Round neck, v-neck, etc. Collars with both a wide collar and others with a more narrow design. As Ajax began introducing shirts manufactured by Le Coq Sportif, some shirts began carrying logos to the front, while most remained blank prior to this. There was no singular/universal design that remained consistent during the Cruyff years. This particular garment is most consistent with garments dating between 1968-1972.
An exquisite museum-quality Cruyff example dating to his time with Ajax, a period that saw Cruyff win the 1st of his 3 Ballon d’Or tophies and 3 consecutive European trophies from 1970-1973. This garment comes from a private European collection, originating from a former Cruyff teammate. This item will come presented in a lovely black gift box for future safe keeping.