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1973-74 Chicago Black Hawks Game Worn Jersey + Training Camp Worn Jersey - #46
Lot #419

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1973-74 Chicago Black Hawks Game Worn Jersey + Training Camp Worn Jersey - #46
Lot #419

This road red dureen gamer by Wilson and Gunzo’s was first worn by the Chicago Black Hawks during the 1973-74 playoffs. This jersey comes from the recently discovered Gunzo’s collection. There were 11 of these vintage red dureen game worn jerseys in the collection. Each was originally worn as a full time regular season and/or playoff road jersey in the 1970’s and then was later recycled by the Black Hawks for use during training camp in the years that followed. At some point after the season ended, the original player number was stripped and new higher numbers were added for use during training camp. This helps solve the mystery of where so many of the Hawks vintage dureens disappeared to.

With access to a few random early 1980’s Chicago Black Hawks training camp rosters, we were able to confirm that the player number 46 was worn by Sean Simpson in 1980-81. A look at the 1981-82 and 1982-83 training camp rosters tells us that Marc Centrone wore this player number in those training camps. The Black Hawks drafted Centrone in the 7th round of the 1981 NHL Entry Draft.

This striking red dureen was originally worn during the 1973-74 NHL playoffs by a yet to be determined Black Hawks player. It features a chain stitched 74 P.O. year tag as well as a crossover collar. The Wilson and Gunzo’s tags remain loosely sewn into the collar. The outlines of the original player numbers reveal themselves upon close inspection on these vintage dureens. For a Chicago collector with the time and inclination, this would prove a fun task to determine which former Chicago icon originally wore your new acquisition. The most beautiful logo in sports, Chief Indian Head, is hand stitched in all its vintage glory on the chest of this jersey. The game wear on this sweater is tremendous and features stick marks, board burns, board paint transfer, un-repaired holes and runs, heavy inner pilling and some great team-sewn repair work. An exciting new discovery brings this previously unknown gamer to the hobby, good luck in your pursuit.