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1972-73 Claude Chartre WHA New York Raiders & 1973-74 Jersey Knights Game Worn Jersey - Inaugural Season
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1972-73 Claude Chartre WHA New York Raiders & 1973-74 Jersey Knights Game Worn Jersey - Inaugural Season
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1972-73 Claude Chartre WHA New York Raiders & 1973-74 Jersey Knights Game Worn Jersey - Inaugural Season
Lot #4

This road orange dureen gamer by Cosby was worn by Claude Chartre during both the 1972-73 and 1973-74 WHA seasons. The Philadelphia Flyers selected Chartre in the 8th round of the 1969 NHL Amateur Draft. This native of Quebec made his WHA debut in 1972-73 during the league’s inaugural season with the New York Raiders. Chartre remained with the WHA’s only New York/New Jersey franchise under new ownership, playing for both the New York Golden Blades and Jersey Knights in 1973-74 before wrapping up his WHA career playing a single game for the Michigan Stags in 1974-75.

This wonderful example made its debut with the New York Raiders as the WHA began play in 1972-73. The Raiders’ inaugural season road sweaters featured the team name arched across the chest in individually sewn lettering. These jerseys were retained by the franchise into year two of the WHA as the NY Raiders became the NY Golden Blades and then the Jersey Knights after a number of changes in team ownership. Following their sudden move to New Jersey, the Knights adopted the old Raiders team colors and repurposed their inaugural season jerseys by removing the individual lettering across the front and adding the newly designed Jersey Knights crest. The Knights, who played in Cherry Hill, NJ existed for merely a partial season before the franchise went through their fifth ownership change and were moved west to San Diego. The Knights had a short but interesting history that included an unusual home ice advantage. Their rink was actually slanted, forcing the road team to skate slightly uphill for two of the three periods. Further, there was but one dressing room at the arena, reserved of course for the Knights, thereby forcing the visiting club to dress in their own hotel rooms. With skates and stick in hand and dressed in full uniform, the visiting club would board a local school bus to take the ride to the rink for that nights game!

Sewn perfectly into the collar of this gamer are the manufacturers, wash and size tagging. The game wear on this size 48 sweater consists of stick and slash marks, stitch pops, inner pilling found throughout the jersey, a small team-sewn repair on the lower verso and some significant team-sewn repair work to help reinforce the lower half of the back right-side player number. Sewn to the inner verso just beneath the player number is the original garter style fight strap with Claude’s custom knot still intact. The lettering and numbering are all sewn-on and completely original to the jersey. Best of all is the stunning all original Knights crest, which is a true sight to behold. Regally designed, the crest is adorned with beautiful blue chain stitching which lies atop orange, blue and white tackle twill. This incredible example features tremendous eye appeal and still vibrant color. To our knowledge this is the one and only original Jersey Knights road gamer that exists in the hobby. As desirable as they come, this one of a kind gamer is a true hobby rarity and a must have for any serious WHA collector, choice!