1959 Bob Gibson Game Worn Rookie Jacket
In 1957, Gibson received a $4000 bonus to sign with the Cardinals but delayed his start with the team for a year, playing with the Harlem Globetrotters. e star). The following year, he spent a year in Triple-A in Omaha, then was brought up. At first, he was given the number 58 before donning his familiar -- all-too familiar to NL batters -- number 45. Today, finding any Gibson garb with the original number is as tall a task as it was to make solid contact with his buzz-cutting, noggin-buzzing fastball, thus this unbelievably rare Cardinal warmup jacket from that rookie season of '59 should be regarded as a godsend. (Just to squelch any doubt, Gibson is the only player to ever wear number 58 with the Cards.) The wool jacket, with a color scheme long discarded by the team, is black with gold, blue and white piping on the neck and waistband, red snaps, pocket trim, number on the left sleeve, and the team "bird perched on a bat" logo on the left breast. Interior tagging is "Butwin, Saint Paul, Minnesota". Great condition (EX-NRMT) with the material smooth and rich and the colors bright and vivid. Only flaw is a tad of scotching on the pocket trim. Gibson, by the way, was no firecarcker in '59, going 3-5 and walking nearly as many as he struck out, not blooming until 1962 when he racked up the 1st of 9 200-K seasons. So we're talking about a real rarity here, an artifact of the pre-Gibson Gibson.