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1972-73 Ray Larosse Houston Aeros Game Worn Jersey
Lot #48

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1972-73 Ray Larosse Houston Aeros Game Worn Jersey
Lot #48

The Aeros were an original WHA franchise, which were actually relocated to Houston before ever playing a game. They were originally granted ownership to represent Dayton, Ohio but failed to secure a stadium for their team. The Houston Aeros began play at the Sam Houston Coliseum and were a respectable club in the standings that lacked any real star power in the teams 1st season. That would soon change as Gordie, Mark and Marty Howe would join the squad to begin season 2.

The new additions would vault the Aeros to league supremecy and they would capture back to back Avco World titles in 1974 and 1975. In 1975-76 the Aeros changed venues to the new Summit arena and again were a dominant regular season club. Their bid for a 3-peat was foiled at the hands of the Bobby Hull led Winnipeg Jets in the final round of the Avco World Finals. Again dominant during the 1976-77 regular season, the Aeros would suffer the same fate as the season prior, falling again to the Winnipeg franchise in the semi-final round. The 3 Howe’s left Houston for New England for the 1977-78 season and the franchise was never the same, failing in its bid to become members of the WHA NHL expansion and closing shop prior to the 1978-79 season.

This road blue dureen gamer by General was worn by Ray Larose during the WHA’s 1st season of existence in 1972-73. Larose signed on with the Aeros after a lengthy minor league career, which began in the early 1960’s with the Long Island Ducks. Following a full season in Houston, Ray finished his career playing for the WHA’s New York Golden Blades during their short lived existence in 1973-74.

This stunning 1st year WHA gamer is distinguishable in style from all other Houston Aeros gamers. Sewn perfectly in the hem is The General manufacturer’s tag. The attractive and unique 3 color tackle twill block letters line the front of the jersey on a diagonal. Game use consists of stick marks, board burns, board paint transfer, un-repaired holes, washed out bloodstains, inner pilling and some minor team-sewn repair work. There aren’t many of these 1st year gamers in circulation thus presenting a wonderful opportunity for the old school collector.