This amazing jersey was part of the Raffle Bass 500 Goal Scorers Collection. Raffle collected one great jersey from each of the NHL’s 500 Goal Scorers. This was his Jean Beliveau.
This home red wool gamer by the Tease Knitting Co.was game worn by Jean Beliveau circa the mid to late 1960’s. When discussions occur about hockey’s all-time greats, most include this 6’3” 205lb. Center. In the famed publication by The Hockey News, the Top 50 NHL Players Of All-Time; Jean Beliveau was ranked 7th on that prestigious list. In a career that spanned 20 seasons, all wearing the Montreal Canadiens red white and blue, Beliveau scored 507 goals and 1219 points in 1125 regular season games. In 162 playoff contests on his way to 10 Stanley Cup titles, Beliveau netted 79 goals and 176 points, a lofty total still to this day and a mark that was the best of all-time when he hung up his skates! Beliveau owns an Art Ross Trophy as the NHL’s scoring leader and 2 Hart Trophies as the NHL’s Most Valuable Player. Jean was also the recipient of the very first Conn Smythe Trophy awarded to the playoff MVP in 1965. One wonders how many might reside on his mantel were the award established a decade earlier.
Beliveau was an inspiration on and off the ice for a generation of players that followed including many French-Canadian legends such as Guy Lafleur, Gilbert Perreault and Rod Gilbert to name just a few. He served as Team Captain for the Montreal Canadiens for 10 seasons and was handed the Cup a record 5-times in that prestigious role. ‘Le Gros Bill’ played in 14 NHL All Star games and was 10-times a 1st or 2nd Team NHL All Star at Center. Beliveau was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame just a year after retiring from the NHL and his player number 4 was immediately and forever retired to the rafters in Montreal after his retirement in 1971.
Proudly sewn to the left breast of this gamer is the Captain’s “C”. This spectacular example remains in superb condition, a huge bonus to wool collectors that are used to seeing holes throughout their game worn jerseys. We are pleased to report that this jersey has been wonderfully preserved and there isn’t a single hole in sight! The game wear on this vintage wool consists of stick marks and plenty of pilling predominantly on the cuffs and elbows both inside and out. Another pleasant surprise worthy of mention is the tease Knitting Co. wash instruction tag that remains sewn to the inside seam. Best of all, and shown above, is a spectacular photo match of Beliveau wearing this exact jersey, wow! Needless to say, Beliveau jerseys are highly coveted among collectors. Finding a photo matched game worn Beliveau has been next to impossible and places this example in rarified territory. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to obtain a photo matched Jean Beliveau game worn wool jersey and a condition rarity at that, choice!