Having achieved championship status in the NFL and on its way to the best record in Major League Baseball for the 1960s decade, the City of Baltimore tried to establish itself on “the frozen pond” (albeit at the minor league ranks). True to the town and the familiar colors of the uprising Orioles, the club unveiled black-and-orange uniform colors and did battle at the Baltimore Civic Center under a schedule constructed not to conflict with the co-tenant NBA Baltimore Bullets. In the circles of game-worn hockey apparel, it seldom gets better than this tried and true relic: a Baltimore Clippers sweater worn by defenceman/coach Aldo Guidolin during the 1963-64 campaign, the club’s second in the American Hockey League. Symbolizing the city’s blue collar work ethic, Guidolin served as player/coach during the team’s inaugural two seasons. A cast-off from the NHL’s New York Rangers, Guidolin spent the next 14 seasons toiling in the minor leagues, making stops in Providence, Springfield, Cleveland and Baltimore, never making it back to the NHL. As he bruised opponents (and himself) before scant crowds on the corner of Baltimore and Howard Streets, Guidolin wore this black durene pullover garment with “CLIPPERS” angled down the front in orange-on-white twill block-style characters and “2” sewn to the back in like fashion. The three-quarter length sleeves feature an orange-and-white striped pattern on which “2” is sewn in white-on-black twill. The black stretch ribbed cotton collar is secured by a lace that is fastened in criss-cross fashion through six ringlets. Within the rear tail, a vintage “Stall & Dean” label denotes size “50.” The item exhibits evidence of absolutely phenomenal game wear with multiple team repairs (especially near the right elbow, upper back and front), faint board marks and puckering about the twill components. Accompanying is a vintage photo that matches this sweater to Guidolin during his tenure with the Clippers.
Huggins and Scott is allowing the winning bidder 45 days from the date when payment is received to have the item independently authenticated. Payment must, however, be made within two weeks from the end of the auction. Huggins and Scott is not responsible for any authentication fees or shipping charges incurred by the winning bidder but H&S will refund the hammer price and buyer's premium if the item does not pass authentication with a reputable third party company.