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Bruins jersey sells for nearly $20,000

A No. 4 Bruins jersey worn by hard-hitting defenseman Bob Armstrong has sold for nearly $20,000, according to the online auction house Lelands.com.

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A No. 4 Bruins jersey worn by hard-hitting defenseman Bob Armstrong has sold for nearly $20,000, according to the online auction house Lelands.com.

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Why would someone pay almost $20,000 for a Bruins jersey? Because it’s a No. 4 that was not worn by Bruins Hall of Famer Bobby Orr. The old-style wool jersey worn in 1957 by hard-hitting Bruins defenseman Bob Armstrong fetched $19,194.33, according to Lelands.com. Josh Evans, founder of the online auction house, says wool jerseys are hard to find these days, but the No. 4 on the back of the vintage Bruins sweater makes it especially valuable to collectors. Armstrong, a tough customer who dropped the gloves frequently during his playing days, skated for 11 seasons with the B’s. (There’s a spot of what appears to be blood on the jersey.) Three more Bruins players — Pat Stapleton, Bob McCord, and Albert Langlois — would wear No. 4 before Orr joined the team in 1967. The number was eventually retired.

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