I entered the organized Hobby back in the early 1980s, just before it started to take off. These were the days before card shops started popping up. The 80s brought all types of new cards, from different companies, and I was hooked. Sometime in the mid-80s I bought this jersey from a reputable dealer, who presented this as having been worn by Jay Johnstone. I liked Johnstone from his days with the Dodgers, and even earlier when he played for the Angels. The uniform number was correct, as #21 was what he wore with both the Dodgers and Cubs. The dealer was honest to show me where the Clubhouse set tag had been removed, at the back neck, below the size tag. Of course the Cubs did not put names on the back of their jerseys. The jersey was solid, no tears, with only the shadow of a long tag and the odd loose threads around the area. The size tag has the Wilson name, something not found on concession pieces. So I bought it and put it away, waiting for a chance to run into Mr. Over the last 20+ years I tried doing more research on the jersey, and thats when I found that Johnstone wore a size 42 jersey, being over 6 tall. The jersey style is definitely early to mid 80s; pullover, no buttons. During that time period the #21 was only worn by Johnstone, Ty Waller, and Lenny Randle. Waller was in Chicago for one season and was pretty close to Johnstone in size. Only Randle was less than 6, so a size 40 made more sense. I never did anything with the jersey since my research, and Im not positive of my conclusion, so now I figure I might as well make it available to anyone who might want it more. To be clear, I have nothing to prove its authenticity, I cant be certain who might have worn it (since the clubhouse tag would have listed the year used), but I do know it is not some lightweight sport store jersey. Examine photos, ask questions and Ill try to answer. But the price should be fair for any jersey from this time period. Thank you for looking at my listing. 50 for each item, after the initial charge, for auctions closing within a 48-hour period. The item “Chicago Cubs HOME JERSEY #21 Early 80s Game Worn Johnstone Randle” is in sale since Friday, November 22, 2019. This item is in the category “Sports Mem, Cards & Fan Shop\Game Used Memorabilia\Baseball-MLB\Jerseys”. The seller is “garzcardz” and is located in Azusa, California. This item can be shipped to United States.
- Modified Item: Yes
- Player: Jay Johnstone? Lenny Randle?
- Modification Description: Clubhouse Set Tags Removed
- Team: Chicago Cubs