A very rare bird, indeed. As Phillies aficionados know all too well, any collectibles from the short-lived Blue Jays era are both elusive and highly sought-after. But a game-used jersey? From a marquee player such as Andy Seminick? Unheard of!
This is arguably one of the most significant and desirable pieces in the entire Larry Haines Philles Collection. As shown in accompanying reference photos, Seminick donned these threads early in his career, during the height of the franchise's experiment with its new moniker during WWII. Not yet a household name in Philadelphia, Seminick would go on to become a blue-collar hero and beloved fan favorite whom his teammates reverently called "Grandpa Whiz." His Goldsmith size-44 jersey shows terrific game use with moderate to heavy wear overall including slide soiling and sweat marks, as well as a small tear on the front torso. "Seminick" is chain-stitched on a tag inside the collar. Best of all, in addition to the iconic two-star Phillies font, there is also the near-mythic Blue Jay sleeve patch, which is superbly preserved in NM condition.
The aforementioned reference photos (a vintage news-service example and two modern autographed prints) clearly depict Seminick wearing his 1944-45 Blue Jay uniform matching this exact style. (Another shows him in recent years holding this very home jersey with a huge, proud smile on his face.) A museum-caliber artifact that transcends the Phillies alone and is worthy of the most elite baseball jersey collection—if not a display case on uniform history at Cooperstown!