Presented here is a rare CFL All-Star jersey used in the mid-1970's. The league held All-Star games in the preseason on a semi-regular basis during the decade using top performers from the previous season. While footage of these games online is non-existent, this jersey was used in the 1974 All-Star contest by Saskatchewan Roughriders cornerback Jim Elder and was recycled for use in the 1976 game for Montreal Alouettes wide receiver Joe Petty. The CFL did not stage an All-Star game in 1975.
Jim Elder picked off four passes for the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 1973 to earn a nod to the 1974 All-Star game. Over a six-year pro career that spanned from 1972 to 1977, Elder intercepted 10 balls in the CFL with the Ottawa Rough Riders, Saskatchewan and Toronto Argonauts.
Joe Petty played tight end at Arizona State and was selected by the San Diego Chargers in the 16th round of the 1973 NFL Draft. He hauled in 30 passes for 575 yards and a 19.2 average as a rookie in 1975 with the Alouettes to garner an invitation to play in the 1976 All-Star game. Petty played in 11 games and caught 11 passes over the 1976 and 1977 seasons with the Als to close out his pro career.
This mesh jersey was made by Southland Athletic, who also supplied game jerseys for the Montreal Alouettes in the mid-1970's. The style, stars and colour of the jersey is very similar to the previous CFL All-Star game jerseys that Southland also supplied for the league earlier in the decade. The stars on the shoulders and Elder's name are sewn directly on the back of the jersey. A nameplate with the name Petty was sewn over top of Elder's name. The nameplate is partially removed to uncover Elder's name, perhaps the work of a previous owner of the jersey. The 1974 All-Star jerseys had a CFL Players Association patch on the sleeve, which is not on this jersey. I am unaware if the patch was worn in the 1976 game.