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Bill Mikkelson 1973-74 Baltimore Clippers Game-Worn Sweater - Rare With Phenomenal Game Use!

Lot Number 842

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Worn by a defenceman who just couldn’t make it in the NHL, this vintage ice apparel represents a city that proved equally inept in its attempts at supporting a hockey team. Together, they combine for a rare game-worn item from the short-lived Baltimore Clippers franchise of the American Hockey League. Worn by Canada native Bill Mikkelson during the 1973-74 season, this Baltimore Clippers sweater is among the most battle-tested relics you’ll ever see – and one of very few survivors from its one-season style with the long-since defunct club. The white mesh pullover garment features a nautically themed logo decal adhered to the front, with black plastic block-style “2” numerals displayed on the back and left shoulder. Orange stripes line the shoulders and mid-portions of the three-quarter sleeves, while an orange-and-black striped pattern lines the lower torso. Within the faded black stretch ribbed cotton collar, a vintage “Rawlings” label denotes size “48.” Absolutely phenomenal game use is evident in the form of board and stick marks throughout, scuffing about the front logo, team repairs on the lower front and back, as well as curling about the numeric identifiers. Left unprotected by the Los Angeles Kings in the 1972 expansion draft, Mikkelson was plucked by the New York Islanders, who cut him upon the arrival of rookies Denis Potvin and Dave Lewis. From there, Mikkelson landed at the Baltimore Civic Center, where he donned this Clippers gamer. Of note is Mikkelson’s subsequent performance with the 1974-75 Washington Capitals, as he posted the worst-ever goal differential rating (-82) in NHL history.

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