1966 Don Drysdale’s Los Angeles Dodgers Game-used Jersey

Value (2009) | $20,000 Auction$30,000 Auction

APPRAISER:
You got a jersey here from one of my old idols, Don Drysdale. Tell me how you got this.

GUEST:
Well, I was issued this uniform by the Dodgers when I was playing with their winter baseball team in 1969.

APPRAISER:
This is something that a lot of the Major League teams did-- they would get the jerseys back from the players after the season and then they would issue them down to the minor leagues.

GUEST:
Right.

APPRAISER:
The tagging down here shows that this is a size 46, and it's a big jersey. You're a big guy, so I can see how this would fit you.

GUEST:
And I think that's one of the reasons why they issued this for me.

APPRAISER:
Did you play against some of the players, the Dodgers?

GUEST:
Yes, I played against Tommy John, yes, I did. I got to face some of the guys. Every Sunday we would travel. And it was just basically winter ball.

APPRAISER:
So you got a good look at some of the players on their way coming up.

GUEST:
Oh, yes.

APPRAISER:
Oh, excellent.

GUEST:
Yes.

APPRAISER:
Well, right down here on the tagging it has Don Drysdale's name stitched in, and the year underneath, '66. So we know that this is a 1966 jersey. It's a gray jersey, it's a flannel, and it's an away jersey, used for the away games. There's some use on the numbers, the back and the front, which is good game use. But overall, it's really in superb condition. And you can imagine the reason for that is that he was a pitcher, and so he doesn't do a lot of sliding, didn't do a lot of running.

GUEST:
Right, right.

APPRAISER:
The other thing I notice here, too, on the numbers and the names is that there's no alterations. That's one thing about uniforms that's really important is that there's no alterations for the high-end value.

GUEST:
Okay.

APPRAISER:
Now, I would think that in auction, even in today's economy, I think we're looking at a value of about $20,000 to $30,000 on the shirt.

GUEST:
Oh, geez. (laughs) No way.

APPRAISER:
Yeah.

GUEST:
Are you serious?

APPRAISER:
Absolutely.

GUEST:
Wow.

APPRAISER:
Good job in keeping it in the condition that you did.

GUEST:
Great, thank you.

Appraisal Details

Appraiser
Heritage Auctions
Dallas, TX
Appraised value (2009)
$20,000 Auction$30,000 Auction
Event
Denver, CO (July 25, 2009)
Period
20th Century
Form
Jersey
Material
Flannel

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