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1976-77 Dave Inkpen Cincinnati Stingers Game Worn Jersey
Lot #92

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1976-77 Dave Inkpen Cincinnati Stingers Game Worn Jersey
Lot #92

The Cincinnati Stingers were the WHA’s first ever expansion team, being born on May 6th of 1973 right after the inaugural Avco World Finals. Unfortuantely the Stingers home arena to be, the Riverfront Coliseum, would not break ground for several more months forcing the club to delay play. During the down time, the club partook in all of the amateur drafts and would actually loan some of its better talent out to other clubs for play in the 1974-75 season. After reclaiming their players, the Stingers finally began play in October 1975. They would prove to be a well run franchise that never had any real success in the standings or at the gate. Despite this, the Stingers held on through thick and thin, making it to the end of the WHA and its merger with the NHL as a lame duck franchise.

This striking home yellow dureen gamer by Rawlings was worn by Dave Inkpen during the 1976-77 WHA season. Dave was a veteran of nearly 300 WHA games while representing 5 different franchises. He spent his first two seasons with the Stingers and later also played for the Racers, Oilers, Nordiques and Whalers.

This sweater is simply outstanding with its still vibrant coloration just popping right out at you. Sewn into the collar is the Rawlings manufacturer’s tag. The game wear is nice consisting of stick marks, board burns, board paint transfer, inner pilling and some minor team repair work. The Stingers wore dureens for only their first two seasons. These timeless wonders are rarely ever found with their original nameplates still intact. This all original example will surely enhance any serious WHA collection.