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Please Note: This incredible jersey was authenticated by noted Hockey jersey expert Rich Ellis. Mr. Ellis' reputation in this area is unequalled, and this lot is accompanied by his Letter of Authenticity detailing his opinion.
A historic offering, and a tremendous relic of U.S. Olympic hockey! Presented is game used jersey from the 1960 USA Olympic Team, worn during the event by star player Paul Johnson. The 1960 USA Olympic Team is known as the “Forgotten Miracle,” and it holds the distinction of winning the first-ever Gold Medal awarded to a USA Olympic men’s hockey team at a Winter Olympics.
The three most significant games played during those Olympics – leading to Team USA winning the Gold – was playing against and beating the Soviets, Team Canada, and (for the Gold) Czechoslovakia. Team USA wore blue jerseys against the Soviets and against Canada, but they wore white jerseys against the Czechs in winning the Gold. This jersey is from that Gold-winning game, played in Squaw Valley, California on February 28, 1960.
Paul Johnson was one of Team USA’s most important players. The Minnesota-born athlete notched the game-winning goal against Olympics’ top team – Canada – on a slap shot breakaway from the blue line.
This is believed to be the first time that a jersey from the 1960 USA Olympic Hockey Team’s Gold Medal-winning game has ever been offered for public sale. The jersey matches exactly to Team counterparts held by the USA Hockey Hall of Fame and the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. The jersey is wool knit-based material and lettered from Cosby’s of New York. In the hem is the Cosby manufacturing tag, reading “Gerry Cosby & Co. Athletic Outfitters – 12 West 48th St. N.Y.C.” A tiny “46” size tag is affixed to the right of the Cosby tag. The Team USA Olympic shield patch is attached on the left front shoulder. “USA” is beautifully stitched on the front in tackle twill in a drop shadow font. The letters and numbers are attached with the commonly known tight stitched zigzag from Cosby’s. Original tie-down string is still attached. Single color blue tackle twill #15’s on both sleeves, and #15 stitched in drop shadow font tackle twill on the back.
Details of the jersey’s game wear are as follows:
Right Sleeve – Some light discoloration on the sleeve cuff from sweat staining. Some light moth hole damage. Elbows are double reinforced. Under arm wool gussets.
Left Sleeve – Some light discoloration on the sleeve cuff from sweat staining. Some light moth hole damage. Elbows are double reinforced. Under arm wool gussets.
Front – Tie down collar is reinforced with cotton backing. Light moth hole damage to the front of the jersey.
Back – Numbers are nice and high on the back. Light moth hole damage to the back of the jersey.
Fight Strap – No fight strap was used during this period.
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Paul Johnson 1960 Team USA Olympics Hockey Jersey - Worn During Team USA's Gold Medal-Winning Game!
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