Brooklyn Dodgers warm-up jacket worn by Hall of Fame catcher Roy Campanella in 1953. Accompanied by a LOA from MEARS certifying the jacket as "Authentic" (MEARS does not grade jackets). The blue nylon zipper-front jacket is lettered "Dodgers" across the front and features Campanella's uniform number ("39") on the left sleeve. All letters and numerals are appliquéd in white tackle twill. Both a “Skinner” label and adjacent “46” size tag appear in the collar. The jacket is original as issued, with no alterations. Moderate-to-heavy wear is displayed throughout, including minor tears to the lettering on the front (mainly in the zipper area), as well as a few additional small, stray fabric tears. Although no year tag is present, MEARS writes that the jacket can be dated to the two-year period 1953-1954 based upon a number of factors, and then pinpointed to 1953 based upon the numeric font (for a full analysis please refer to the MEARS letter, which can be viewed in its entirety on our website). This jacket is featured prominently on pages 166-169 in the book "Game Worn: Baseball Treasures from the Game's Greatest Heroes and Moments" by Stephen Wong and Dave Grob (Smithsonian Books, 2016).
1953 was Campanella’s finest all-around season. “Campy” achieved career-high marks in several important statistics, including games (144), at bats (519), runs (103), home runs (41), RBI (142), and slugging percentage (.611). He also finished the season with a .312 batting average. Those numbers helped earn him his second National League MVP Award. 1953 also marked the Dodgers’ third National League Championship in Campanella’s six years with the club. A three-time National League MVP Award winner and eight-time All Star, Campanella played his entire career with the Brooklyn Dodgers before a car accident left him permanently paralyzed in 1958. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1969. It should be noted that Roy Campanella game-used garments are exceedingly rare. We can recall having seen only approximately four Campanella jerseys at auction in the past 20 years. Jackets are scarcer still, with this being one of only two we have seen. Our consignor purchased this jacket at auction in 2014, at which time the auction house stated that it was originally donated by the Campanella family to a 1986 charity auction held by the Dodgers 65 Roses Club. Unfortunately, the paperwork from the charity auction no longer accompanies the jacket. Regardless, it remains an outstanding Campanella game-used garment and one that would be among the highlight of any advanced Roy Campanella, Brooklyn Dodgers, or Hall of Fame collection. LOA from Dave Grob/MEARS. Reserve $10,000. Estimate (open).