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Interesting New York Mets jersey dating to 1975.  The uniform number on the front and back of the jersey is 10, which, based on the year of manufacture, would indicate the jersey belonged to fan favorite Rusty Staub.  Unfortunately, however, the strip tag on the collar of this jersey has, at some point, been removed.  Looking at the area where the strip tag was once affixed, however, one can plainly see the indentation from stitching that read "44 75 28," which represents the jersey size (44), the year of issue (1975), and the player number (28).  The Mets player who wore number 28 was John "The Hammer" Milner, an outfielder and first baseman who played with the Mets between 1971 and 1977.  Milner's SABR bio indicates he was actually released by the Mets at one point in 1975, though he continued with the team for two seasons, he unquestionably missed quite a bit of time with the team in 1975, ostensibly due to injury.

Staub's 1975 season was unquestionably his best with the Mets, as he batted .282, with 19 home runs, and 105 RBI.  His RBI total made him the first hitter in Mets history to drive in more than 100 runs.

The MEARS LOA on the jersey deducts three points for the missing strip tag and a fourth for the missing manufacturer tag, plus one for the restored number (which could have been added to the jersey at any time), and two for multiple player use.  Regardless, an authentic New York Mets jersey from 1975, used by John Milner, Rusty Staub, or perhaps both.  LOA from MEARS.

1975 John Milner New York Mets Game-Worn Jersey (MEARS A3)1975 John Milner New York Mets Game-Worn Jersey (MEARS A3)
1975 John Milner New York Mets Game-Worn Jersey (MEARS A3)
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Minimum Bid: $200
Final prices include buyers premium.: $300
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Auction closed on Sunday, April 2, 2017.
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