Team: Oakland Seals
Style: Home Jersey
Manufacturer: General Athletic
Tagging: manufacturer's tag in hem, size tag in collar
Acquired From: Gamewornauctions.net November 2012 auction
Vezina Trophy Winner: 1964, 1966
Description (from Gamewornauctions): This home green durene gamer by General Athletic was worn by goaltender Charlie Hodge during the 1967-68 NHL season, the inaugural year of the Oakland Seals. Hodge appeared in 58 games and posted 3 shutouts and a respectable 2.86 GAA behind a porous first year defense in Oakland while wearing this historic jersey. The game wear on this sweater is terrific and consists of stick and puck marks, smears of goal post paint transfer on the sleeves, hips and back hem, more smears of crossbar paint transfer exist on the back player number and above it just beneath the back neckline, there also exists pilling and some significant team-sewn repair work ranging from the front collar just beneath the eyelets to the hip and hem where some large material backed work has been undertaken. Sewn into the hem of this gamer is the General Athletic tag. The size tag is sewn into the collar with the word “size” still being perfectly legible and intact with the actual size number beneath it being too frayed to make out. The vintage lace remains sewn thru the eyelets while the blue, black, white and lemon and lime greens in the intricate first year crest just scream old time hockey. First year post expansion gamers have always been in high demand throughout our hobbies existence. This first year home green gamer was worn by Charlie Hodge, a two-time Vezina Trophy winning goaltender, and is without much dispute or debate the most important and valuable Oakland Seals game worn jersey extant.