Class personified with two Lady Bing Trophies, Hall of Fame centre Jean Ratelle was among the NHL’s most productive players, logging 491 goals and 776 assists during a lengthy career headlined by a Stanley Cup Finals appearance and nine straight playoff runs with the New York Rangers. As he honed his skills in the American Hockey League, Ratelle wore this Baltimore Clippers sweater during the 1962-63 campaign, the club’s inaugural season. An incredibly rare and well-maintained survivor, this black wool pullover garment is among the scarce artifacts from the days at the Civic Center. A Rangers affiliate, the club wore this one-year style as it posted a respectable 35-35-7 mark (aided by 11 goals from Quebec native Ratelle). On the chest, an 11”-diameter orange twill logo patch features the nautically themed mascot embroidered in black, white and orange, while “BALTIMORE” and “CLIPPERS” are embroidered on sections of an anchor likeness. Orange-and-white trim lines the shoulders and three-quarter sleeves, while “15” is sewn to each sleeve in black block-style twill numerals. On the back, “15” is sewn in orange-on-white satin twill. Within the string-fastened collar, a vintage “Gerry Cosby” label denotes size “48.” Tremendous game wear is evident, with team repairs to the right sleeve and upper back, as well as surface marks on the twill components and minor color fading on the logo patch. Named by the NHL to its “100 Greatest Players” 2017 list, Ratelle is among the greatest ice icons at both the Baltimore Civic Center and Madison Square Garden and this is, with high probability, his earliest gamer extant. Note: this item has a reserve (estimated value: $6,000-$8,000)
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