Heritage Sports: 1959 Drysdale Uniform Slated for February Platinum Auction

As the holiday season draws near, Heritage Auctions’ highly anticipated February 23, 2013 Platinum Night Auction is also right around the corner, and it is sure to be one of the most exciting hobby events of the new year. Coming off our August 2012 Platinum Night event that featured “The Black Swamp” caramel card find and countless other one-of-a-kind pieces, and a $5.8 million October 2012 Signature Auction, the February Platinum Auction promises to set hobby records, and will undoubtedly turn the heads of savvy sports card and memorabilia collectors everywhere.

Don Drysdale's jersey and pants

One of the highlight pieces that will be offered in that very auction are baseball icon Don Drysdale’s jersey and pants from one of the most important eras in Los Angeles Dodgers history.

The home white flannel worn on the mound by Hall of Famer during the team’s 1959 championship campaign, and possibly during Drysdale’s Game Three Fall Classic victory at the Los Angeles Coliseum. As the unimprovable rating from the experts at MEARS would indicate, the garment remains 100% original and unaltered since its time with the iconic beanballer, announcing “Dodgers 53” in classic blue and red felt on the chest, with the digits repeated in blue on verso. Lower left front tail holds proper “Rawlings Hall of Fame Flannel [size] 44” labeling above a blue chain stitched “Drysdale 59,” embroidered directly into the jersey body. Interior tail reveals a washing instructions label holding a “Set 1 1959” flap tag at right edge. The jersey exhibits solid wear but none of the staining or moth holes typical of decades-old flannel. The obverse is autographed twice in bold black sharpie.

Don Drysdale's jersey and pants

Also showcased in the same lot are Drysdale’s matching white pants that date to the subsequent season, as an embroidered swatch at interior waistband indicates: “Drysdale 60 33 ins.” Manufacturer and washing instructions labels are identical to the jerseys, and are joined by a size “38” designator. Like the jersey, the pants show solid, undamaged wear and support a perfect joint display. To view the auction lot’s preview, please click here.

Heritage Sports Experts to Head Out East for November Consignment Trip

Our sports experts will be traveling to sports card and memorabilia shows in Chicago this month and will be available to view items and large collections that would be suitable for our upcoming 2013 February Platinum Night and May Signature Auctions.

Lastly, Heritage representatives Pete Calderon and Mark Jordan will be in the Chicagoland area to visit with consignors and to attend the 45th Annual Chicago Sun-Times Sports Collectibles Convention at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois on November 16-18. To schedule an appointment with one of our sports card and memorabilia experts, please e-mail Pete Calderon atPeterC@HA.com or his direct line at (214) 409-1789.