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Marques Haynes 1947-1953 Harlem Globetrotters Game-Worn Jersey

Lot Number 539

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Known as perhaps the most adept ball-handler in basketball history, Oklahoma-born guard Marques Haynes was able to dribble up to six times per second as opponents were unable to do anything but watch. As rare as Haynes’ hardwood skills, this Harlem Globetrotters game-worn jersey is a desirable survivor worn by one of the franchise’s most vaunted figures during an incomparable era. The blue satin-like pullover garment hails from Haynes’ tenure (1947-1953) with the team and showcases “HARLEM” arched across the chest in red-on-white twill with the words “ORIGINAL” and “GLOBETROTTERS” respectively flanking above and below in solid white twill. On the back, “28” is sewn in white-on red twill, while a 3-1/4”-diameter gold-colored twill globe is accented by red and white embroidered highlights. There are (6) symmetrically arranged five-point stars sewn to either side. Red-and-white striped stretch ribbed cotton lines the collar and arm yokes, while the right front tail is home to a felt tag with “Haynes” stitched in white cursive. Opposite that detail, a “Wilson” label is accompanied by a size “40” tag with “HAYNES” in faded letters. The all-original item shows absolutely phenomenal game wear, consistent with repeated use in an era as likely the player’s only jersey. There are several scattered tiny holes and appropriate puckering/discoloration on the back numerals. There is also minor fraying about the stretch ribbed cotton. Of note is the number “28,” which was likely worn very early in Haynes’ Globetrotters career, as “20” was the number retired in his honor and Getty Images shows him wearing “30” in a 1953 game.

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