1972-74 Gene Peacosh WHA Raiders/Knights/Mariners Game Worn Jersey
This creamy dureen New York Raiders sweater was worn during the 1972-73 season by Gene Peacosh. In 1973-74, Peacosh made the move along with the franchise to New Jersey. The team was renamed the Knights and the circular Raiders crest was removed and replaced with the horse-head “K” logo. The journey continued as the Knights pulled up stakes once more, making San Diego their home for 1974-75. The Mariners re-used these jerseys in pre-season play and pulled the Knights crests off in favor of the angled “San Diego” cascading down the chest. Holding the jersey up to the light reveals the shape and stitch outlines of the two previous crests. The name on the back is all original as Gene Peacosh wore this shirt with the Raiders, Knights and Mariners. Tie neck with washing instructions label marked size “48” and Gerry Cosby tag in the collar. “Peacosh” in letters sewn directly onto the back (no plate). Game wear includes a few good stick marks and interior pilling. A perfect example of the common practice of recycling throughout the upstart league. Cross, not one, but three styles off your needs list with a single purchase. The jersey is correct, original and “as worn” by Peacosh in its final of three identities and incarnations. You may retain that history in its current condition or restore it with an original Knights or Raiders crest as other collectors have done. The choice is yours.
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