I need some help and advice here pretty quick please.. I bought a 1985 NY Mets game used jersey for Mel Stottlemyre.. when I received the jersey yesterday it was a Rawlings jersey with a 1985 Set 2 flag tag. What is throwing me off is under the tagging there is a embroidered strip with 30 85P. I went through all my catalogs and could only find 2 1985 Mets jerseys and there were Rawlings as well, both set 1's, with a embroidered strip.. one was a Wally Backman 6 85 1 and the other was a Dwight Gooden 16 85 1. In 1988 I know the playoff jerseys for the Mets were tagged with the P for the playoff set. What I am trying to figure out is.. the Mets did not make the playoffs in 1985... and since I cannot find any other pics of a set 2 jersey.. were the set 2's supposed to be made for and used in the Playoffs? This jersey was sold to me as game used by a highly respectable Game Used jersey Dealer so I trusted the source... but I just do not understand the P in the tagging. I have 7 days to contact him to ask for a refund so I am needing ANY help I can get on this jersey.. whats your opinion?
A couple of things to consider..First, Set 1 or Set 2 would really have nothing to do with post season play..Set #2 would not have been ordered really any later..Unless a team tagged for things like Set 3 or 4 etc, it would quite possible to have more than one Set #1 or Set #2.
In addition, the Mets only finshed 3 games back of the Cards in 1985 in the NL East. If they were going to make a special order of jerseys, they would likely have done so before the last few days of the season.
How can we be sure any jersey listed in a Grey Flannel catalog can be used as reference? They sell items that are questionable. Tons.
Are all of my old catalogs useless for research and reference?
Just a thought.
The Mets use a local taylor in Queens for all labeling. Perhaps if you contact the Mets main office, they can give you the name of the shop. They have been doing all of their tagging and repairs for years. I think they would know their own work. If they did it, you might get some peace of mind knowing that it was ordered by the team.