Before he became “Mr. October” with the Yankees in the ‘70s—and even before he was the kingpin of the Oakland A’s dynasty, Reggie Jackson was a Kansas City A’s prospect.
He wore #9 in Oakland and #44 in New York but a year before his career took off, Jackson wore number 31 with KC. That original jersey is now up for bid at Grey Flannel Auctions. The current high bid is over $16,000.
According to the auction house, it originates from a lot of 150 A’s flannel jerseys that were purchased from a warehouse in the late 1970’s. It is accompanied by a photocopy of a 1967 box score listing “Jackson 31” as well as additional “Baseball Reference” and “Baseball Almanac” printouts listing “Jackson” on the starting roster for several games in June of 1967.
Jackson has signed the front in black marker adding the inscription, “My 1st Rookie Gamer Jersey from Kansas City June 1967”.
The man who owned the jersey, Steven White, is an independent middle east consultant who became friends with the Hall of Famer. He writes about his decision to part with a little slice of baseball history that was part of his still vibrant collection in this blog at the Huffington Post.