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Willie Stargell 1980 Pittsburgh Pirates Signed Game-Worn Cap With "Stargell Stars"

Lot Number 278

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While several National League clubs adopted the pillbox style cap for the 1976 baseball centennial, the fashion statement was short-lived for all but the Pittsburgh Pirates. As the Bucs stood alone with the throwback apparel, so did Willie Stargell with his unrivaled leadership ability. Presented is a baseball artifact symbolic of one man’s commitment to his team and its fans: a Pittsburgh Pirates pillbox-style cap worn and autographed by Hall of Famer Willie Stargell during the 1980 season. This black knit/wool blend accessory features a yellow striped pattern outlining the circumference and the club’s familiar “P” logo embroidered to the front center. A yellow–colored button resides atop the cap (for decorative purposes, as there is no crown suspension to support). On the bill is perhaps the most alluring feature: seven five-point “Stargell Stars” adhered along the periphery. These, of course, were a Stargell trademark, bestowed upon Pirate players (in this case, himself) for heroic feats. These particular decorations are of the post-1979 variety, as evidenced by the “S” embroidered to the center of each. On the bill’s underside, Stargell’s blue marker signature projects (“8”) strength and clarity, partially obscuring a vintage black marker notation of his since retired number “8.” At the back of the sweatband-lined interior, a “New Era” label is sewn alongside a size “7-1/4” tag. The item shows moderate to heavy wear with perspiration-induced soiling about the sweatband and minimal fading on the exterior. Auction LOA from James Spence Authentications (for autograph only).

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