Sunday, February 10, 2013

Reader Submission - 1987-88 Philadelphia Flyers Tim Kerr Jersey

Our latest reader submission comes from Rob Clark, and it's his most unique jersey in his large Philadelphia Flyers collection.

Here is Rob's' story about his jersey and what makes it unique among his many Flyers jerseys.

My collection currently consists of 39 Philadelphia Flyers game worn jerseys and can be viewed at www.orangeandblackgamewornjerseys.com. My favorite and most unique gamer is my 87-88 Tim Kerr home jersey and it was a grail of mine for sure. 

I still remember being a nervous wreck on the drive to pick up the jersey on that cold November day in 2010. Having idolized Kerr as a kid, it was surreal to me to be actually holding and now the owner of one of his game worn jerseys.

The most unique feature of this jersey is that it is most likely the only home Ultrafil Kerr jersey in existence. The Flyers wore either mesh or air-knit jerseys in the 1980's but gave Ultrafil jerseys a try during the 87-88 season. Kerr was injured for most of the season due to shoulder surgery but did return for 8 regular season games and for 6 games in a first round exit to Washington.

This jersey was worn by Kerr when returned to action in 1988. He recorded his 16th career hat trick against the Winnipeg Jets on 3/26/88 while wearing this jersey. As perviously mentioned, it was also worn for 3 home playoff games in the first round against the Washington Capitals in April 1988. 

Jersey wear is on the lighter side due to the limited amount of games played by Kerr in 87-88. I would estimate that it was worn in about 8 home games including the playoffs that year. It shows some stick marks, board burns, and pulls in the ultrafil material and light inner pilling under arms and on the elbows as well as nice board paint transfer on the right arm #2. The unevenly stitched numbers can be photo matched to Kerr's action photo in the 1988-89 yearbook a year later. 

I was also lucky enough to find an autographed 8x10 which is a photo match. The fight strap has been reinforced with nylon/twill material to prevent stretching and "Kerr" is stitched onto a matching ultrafil nameplate as well.
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Thanks to Rob for taking the time to photograph his jersey and share the story of the unique construction of his jersey when compared to the majority of Flyers jerseys of it's era. We really appreciate the efforts involved when our readers take the time and effort to share their jerseys.


Be sure to take the time to look through Rob's Flyers collection on his website. It's really extensive and well laid out. You can really tell he's passionate about his team and knows his stuff and there is a lot of different styles represented in his collection.


If you have a jersey in your collection that you'd like to share with us and your fellow readers, please submit your pictures and a story to go with it, no matter how brief or detailed, to spyboy1@gmail.com and we look forward to seeing your favorites!

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