Though the Yankee brass inked Dave Winfield to baseball's most lucrative contract in 1981, Reggie Jackson proved he was still the “straw that stirs the drink” during that strike-shortened campaign, out-homering his higher-paid teammate during both the regular season and postseason. This New York Yankees home jersey was worn and signed by “Mr. October” during that pennant-winning '81 season. This white knit, blue pinstriped button-down jersey features the club's famed “NY” logo sewn to the left breast in navy blue satin twill and the outspoken Hall of Famer's since-retired number “44” sewn to the back in like fashion. Speaking of retired numbers, a black armband lines the left sleeve to honor former catcher Elston Howard, who died the previous December. Near the left shoulder area, Jackson's sizable blue marker signature shows (“7”) strength. A “Wilson” size “46” label is sewn to the tapered left front tail, while a strip tag within the cotton-lined collar reads “Jackson 81 1” in chain stitched cursive. Unrepaired and unaltered, this Yankee Stadium apparel shows medium to heavy game wear with small, faint stains throughout and scuffing on the numeric identifiers. Several Getty images match this jersey to those worn by Jackson that year, most definitively, #80186735. Accompanying is an auction LOA from James Spence Authentications for the signature.
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