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1973-74 Brian Bradley WHA New York Golden Blades Game Worn Jersey Original Name on Back
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1973-74 Brian Bradley WHA New York Golden Blades Game Worn Jersey Original Name on Back
Lot #5

This stunning WHA game worn jersey is completely fresh to the hobby and packed with tremendous provenance. This sweater had sat in the private collection of a former Golden Blades team employee for the past 44 years!

This road purple dureen gamer by Cosby was worn by Brian Bradley during the 1973-74 WHA season. Bradley was an original member of the WHA’s New York franchise who began his WHA career at inception with the New York Raiders. During that inaugural WHA season, amidst ownership default and assumption by the league, this winger netted 22 goals and 55 points. The following season was another tumultuous one for the team and its players as well. They had been rebranded the New York Golden Blades and were under new ownership while still playing in the high rent district at Madison Square Garden. Ownership again defaulted and the league again assumed stewardship, this time just 24 games into the season. At that point the New York Golden Blades became a footnote in history as the franchise was relocated to Cherry Hill, NJ and were rebranded the New Jersey Knights. Bradley remained with the franchise when they relocated to San Diego and were renamed the Mariners the following year, his last of 3 WHA seasons.

This exceedingly rare jersey escaped the fate of nearly every New York Golden Blades jersey. When the franchise left New York and were rebranded the NJ Knights, all of the team’s jerseys that remained in the locker room were sold to Verona Sports in NJ. The player names were removed from the backs and the Cosby tags were taken from the collars; replaced with a Verona Sports tag. The jerseys were then used locally over a number of years.

The New York Golden Blades existed for just 24 games at the outset of the 1973-74 WHA season. This all-original specimen is one of a scant few known to exist. Sewn into the collar of this gamer is the Cosby and size tagging. The collar of this gamer has been custom vented for Bradley by the team. The game wear on this size 50 dureen consists of stick marks, board burns, un-repaired trauma and burn holes along with inner pilling.

 Shown above are some rare images of Bradley wearing this exact jersey during the 1973-74 season.

To our knowledge, you could count how many all-original NY Golden Blades game worn jerseys exist in the hobby with the fingers of one hand and some left to spare. This is in fact only the second such specimen that we’ve ever had the pleasure of handling, the first coming nearly two decades ago. This incredible example was gifted to a team employee when the Golden Blades left New York and headed to New Jersey. It remained in the family for the past 44 years and is entering our hobby for the first time. When it comes to rare and desirable, a New York Golden Blades gamer in this original form sits atop the WHA master list. This wonderful fresh to the hobby example will be coveted by many and should attract spirited bidding from WHA collectors’ world wide, choice!