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1951-53 Steve Kraftcheck New York Rangers Game Worn Jersey
Lot #9

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1951-53 Steve Kraftcheck New York Rangers Game Worn Jersey
Lot #9

This road white wool gamer by Cosby was worn circa the early 1950’s, most likely by New York Rangers defenseman Steve Kraftcheck. Kraftcheck wore the player number 6 for the New Yorkers during his 2 seasons with the club, taking it over from journeyman Pat Egan who wore it prior to that. Kraftcheck played defense for the Broadway Blueshirts for 2 years, 1951-52 and 1952-53.

This historic offering is quite likely the earliest form of a white New York Rangers game worn jersey that exists in our hobby. Our research indicates that in 1951-52 the NHL mandated that the New York Rangers join the other 5 clubs in the original 6 in wearing a white jersey during road contests. Prior to this, all of the other original 6 teams had added a white jersey to their locker rooms. The Rangers were the last team in the NHL to adopt the road whites, having worn only blue colored sweaters prior to this date.

The overall condition of this stunning white wool sweater is simply magnificent. Furthermore, the original Cosby tagging remains vibrant and is sewn perfectly into the side hem seam. Sewn on top of the Cosby tag is a size 46 flag tag that is mostly intact other than for some fraying. The game wear on this vintage wool is nice and even with a repair on the right shoulder, 4 more on the right sleeve and 2 more on the left sleeve. For wool collectors and Rangers collectors alike, it isn’t hard to appreciate the historical importance of this vintage offering. Here’s an opportunity to own a true piece of NHL history, worn 6 decades ago; Good Luck!