At 23, Cleveland catcher Ray Fosse was making a name for himself with his first .300 season, All-Star selection and Gold Glove Award. But Pete Rose's notoriously merciless All-Star Game collision left Fosse with a separated shoulder, and it's possible that he was never the same player again. That's the era in which the Marion Mule donned this game-used chest protector, which has been photo-matched to his 1971 Topps and 1971 Topps Super cards (both examples of which are included here). The Wilson chest protector has all-intact padding, some fraying red edge trim, durable leather/fabric straps, and oxidized metal buckles and clasps.
Huggins and Scott is allowing the winning bidder 45 days from the date when payment is received to have the item independently authenticated. Payment must, however, be made within two weeks from the end of the auction. Huggins and Scott is not responsible for any authentication fees or shipping charges incurred by the winning bidder but H&S will refund the hammer price and buyer's premium if the item does not pass authentication with a reputable third party company.