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Nolan Ryan Signed Game-Worn 1982 Houston Astros Home Jersey - Dave Grob/SGC Superior

Lot Number 462

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Having inked a 1980 contract to become baseball’s first-ever $1 million-per-year player, 33-year-old Nolan Ryan wasn’t even halfway through with a remarkable 27-year career earmarked by an intimidating fastball that produced seven no-hitters. Matching his gaudy annual stipend, this Houston Astros home jersey was worn and autographed by the Texas-born flamethrower during the 1982 season, a campaign in which Ryan eclipsed the 200 win plateau. The knit pullover garment features a headache-inducing horizontal pattern of bright red, orange and yellow stripes. A blue-on-white applique five-point star adorns the lower left front (this definitively dates the jersey to 1982, as the white outline was not present in prior seasons), while “Astros” is sewn across the chest in blue twill. On the back, the since-retired number “34” is sewn in blue-on-white twill, while “RYAN” is arched in blue twill on a nameplate just above. On the upper right front, Ryan has signed in black marker (“8” strength) and inscribed “To Cindy, Best Wishes.” Blue stretch ribbed knit lines the V-Neck, while the left front tail is home to a “Medalist – Sand-Knit” size “44” label, a Houston Astros exclusivity tag and a swatch with “82” and “44” identifiers. Light wear is evident and colors remain vibrant on this desirable gamer worn by a legendary workhorse. The Astros introduced an additional style of home jerseys in 1982 (a white version of the road jerseys they had begun wearing in 1980). As such, there were additional uniforms for Ryan to wear at home, thus decreasing the opportunity for use aand wear of this style. With size. style and tagging spot-on for Ryan gamers, this all-original example is Graded SUPERIOR (highest possible assessment) by Dave Grob, SGC. Accompanying are full photo LOAs from Dave Grob, SGC (for game use) and JSA (for autograph).

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