MEARS Monthly Auction #10 ENDS Thursday, December 10th, 2009, 9:00 PM CST w/ 15-Minute Rule
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Offered for sale is a circa 1973-77 Roger Staubach Dallas Cowboys game worn road jersey manufactured by Southland Athletic Manufacturing co. Issued as the blue road, the jersey is manufactured with a mesh body shell, durene sleeves, block lettering, and contains single tackle twill serifed numbering. The pullover style jersey has the standard crew collar neck.

Examination of the MEARS database and comparison of the actual jersey tag determined this style of Southland tag could be found on jerseys manufactured during the 1973-1977 era. The Southland tag reads, “Southland, Athletic MFG. Co., Terrell, Texas, Wash and dry at temperature below 120 degrees. Do Not use chlorine bleach.” Directly below is the “SIZE 48” flag tag. Beneath the numeric size indicator on the reverse is the jersey batch/lot code which reads, “Lot #, PG 32k, order #11422”. The Southland manufactures tag is consistent with the following examples and verifies Southland as a supplier of Cowboys jerseys for the period:

1970s Roger Staubach Cowboys Road Southland Size 46

1970s Roger Staubach Cowboys Home Southland Size 46

1973 Benny Barnes Cowboys Home Southland

Regarding the size 48, additional examples which have entered the hobby have been size 46, but MEARS considers a 48 (one size larger) to be an acceptable size. In order to verify that the actual examined jersey is indeed a size 48, we measured the chest (24”) which when multiplied by 2, equals the tagged size 48. Therefore the chest measurement is consistent with the size tagging.

The player’s name, “STAUBACH” (2 ¾”) appears in non-serifed tackle twill, applied with a zig-zag stitch on a nylon nameplate.

The sleeve numbering “12” (4”) appears in non-serifed tackle twill, applied with a zig zag stitch directly to the shoulder of the yoke.

The front numerals “12” 9 ¾” and reverse “12” 11 ½” are both manufactured from tackle twill and applied directly to the jersey with a zig zag stitch pattern.

The mesh material, size of the nameplate, size of the shoulder numbering, and size of the front and reverse numerals are consistent with 3 other examples examined by MEARS. They include:

1975-77 Staubach mesh ex-Duke Hott MEARS #100118

1972 Ditka mesh ex-Duke Hott MEARS #100028

1973-74 mesh Bob Lilly ex-Duke Hott

Although no exact photo match was available, the 6 above referenced jerseys allowed us a basis for comparison with respect to style, mesh body shell, correct supplier (Southland), nameplate size, sleeve numbering, and front/reverse numbering.

Examination of the jersey, with specific concentration on the body shell and numbering, reveals a range of light to moderate overall game wear. Use is manifested in the following areas:

Puckering to the entire area of the nameplate. Fraying to the anchor stitching of the lettering. Some light surface abrasions to the nylon name plate.

Puckering of the surface area of the shoulder numerals. Fraying to the anchor stitching. Some light surface abrasions to the numbering. Staining on all four numbers of the shoulder.

Front 12: Heavy puckering to both numerals. Heavier fraying to the anchor stitching than what is found on the nameplate and shoulder numbering. Light staining on both numerals. There is a heavy, 1-½ abrasion in the middle of the front 1, which has caused a lifting/cutting of the fabric. In the area at the top of the 2, the fabric has scuffed and lifted, due to contact. The front numerals illustrate the moderate level of game wear measured for this item.

Reverse 12: Heavy puckering to the entire surface area of the numerals. Staining on both numerals. Heavy, even and consistent surface abrasions over the entire surface area.

Left sleeve: Some staining to the sleeve. Moderate to heavy fraying to the area of the arm opening.

Right sleeve: Some staining to the sleeve. Moderate fraying to the stitching area of the arm opening.

Overall body shell: Due to the strength of fabric, the body shell itself shows light overall use, with the numerals and lettering showing the more moderate signs of the measurable game wear.

Photo reference: Examination of the 1976 Pro Football Street and Smith Official Yearbook allows for the following visual comparisons:

Correct serified front 12 numerals.

Correct non-serifed right shoulder 2 and consistent 1 on left shoulder

Sleeve length: Image verifies 2 full sleeve stripes with some additional fabric visible under the stripe.

Final Grade: MEARS A10. The jersey was awarded a perfect MEARS A10 due to the fact the jersey was consistent with body shell material (mesh), numeral sizing and style, lettering sizing and style, sleeve striping and length, and correct manufacturer (Southland). With respect to game wear, the published MEARS policy states, “With respect to grading, degree is independently measured by the staff of MEARS. Game wear is measured from light to heavy. Per the MEARS grading standards, the range of game wear may be determined from light to heavy, while still having the maximum points awarded to the jersey. A jersey may exhibit a light range of overall wear, but still be awarded the highest grade per the scale.”

This jersey is measured as having light, but very distinct wear to the body shell, with an increasing visual and measurable amount of wear to the numbering and lettering. Examination with a digital microscope, magnified light source, and light table, there are no signs of alterations.

Additional Letter from Lou Lampson.

1973-77 Roger Staubach Dallas Cowboys Game Worn Road Jersey (MEARS A10)
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Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $8,500
Final prices include buyers premium.: $9,350
Number Bids: 2
Auction closed on Thursday, December 10, 2009.

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