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Football Autographs

  14 Lots      

Lot 229.  Jim Brown Autographed Salvino Football Legends Special Edition Figurine. ESPN rated Brown the fourth greatest athlete of the 20th century, and “The Sporting News” selected him as the best football player. In 118 pro games with the Cleveland, Brown averaged 104.3 yards per game and 5.2 yards per carry – career totals unequaled by any other running back. His autograph on the base of the 8.25” figurine is gem mint and authenticated by Kevin Keating. One of only 300 produced, the 1990 figurine is mint in the original box and packaging. Brown’s helmet is in a separate small box. A Salvino Certificate of Authenticity states that the figurine was “personally autographed by Jim Brown.” The figurine comes with multiple statements that it was not authorized by the NFL. Salvino produced figurines of Brown with a white and brown jersey, which is much less common than the white.
Winning Bid $218     

Lot 230.  Franco Harris Autographed Penn State Full-Sized Helmet. The signature of the Hall of Fame running back is large and mint 9 on the mint Riddell helmet. The Pittsburgh Steelers made Harris their first choice in the 1972 NFL draft, and he rewarded them be winning Rookie of the Year honors. Subsequently, he helped the team to win four Super Bowls as he amassed 12,120 rushing yards, 2,949 pass receiving yards and scored 91 rushing touchdowns. These numbers place him 12th on the all-time rushing list and 10th in rushing touchdowns. He was chose for nine consecutive Pro Bowls and gained at least 1,000 yard in eight seasons. Kevin Keating authenticated the autograph.
Winning Bid $138     

Lot 231.  Dan Marino Autographed NFL Tagliabue Football by Wilson. Marino placed a large, bold nm-m 8 signature and his uniform number on a white panel of the nm-m football. A member of both the College and Pro Halls of Fame, he holds or once held every significant NFL passing record. This signed ball was once part of Tommy John’s collection. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Minimum Bid $75     

Lot 232.  Dan Marino Autographed 16” x 20” Action Photo. Marino’s autograph is nm-m 8 and personalized on this black & white photo, which has stubbed corners; otherwise, it is ex. A member of the Pro and Colleges Halls of Fame, Marino was the 1983 NFL Rookie of the Year, a nine-time Pro Bowl selection, a three-time first-team All Pro, the first quarterback to throw for 5,000 yards in a season and the first to throw 40 touchdown passes in a season. Kevin Keating authenticated the autograph. This signed photo is a great display item.
Minimum Bid $35     

Lot 233.  Autographs of Doak Walker and His Wife, Olympic Skier Skeeter Werner. Walker was a Hall of Fame halfback for SMU and then for the Detroit Lions. The Heisman Trophy winner in 1948, his is a member of both the College and Pro Halls of Fame. His signature on the Jan. 1950 issue of “Sport” is large and rates 10 of 10. The signature of his wife, as “Skeeter Werner Walker,” is also a 10 – on the Nov. 21, 1955 issue of “Sports Illustrated.” The issue with Doak has a ½” tear along the upper left edge; the issue with Skeeter in nm. Both magazines have mailing labels. Gladys “Skeeter” Werner Walker was the oldest child in the famous Werner family that included Olympians Buddy and Loris. A participant in the 1956 Olympics, she met Doak while teaching him to ski in 1968. Ironically, Doak died in 1998 of complications from injuries he received in a skiing accident. Skeeter died in 2001. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $92     

Lot 234.  Autographs of 27 1940s Chicago Cardinals - Jim Conzelman, Etc. Conzelman, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1964, coached the Cardinals’ from 1940-42 and again from 1946-48. His pencil autograph is on a lined sheet of notebook paper with signatures of Andy Chisick, Rex Williams, (John) Shirk and one other. The other autographs in this collection are in pencil on multiple pages. The signatures are listed by page: Marshall Goldberg and Ki Aldrich; Bud Parker, B. (Bert) Johnson, Beryl Clark and three others; Lou Zontini, Milton Popovich, Frank Huffman, Ed Beiner and Andy Sabados; and Lloyd Madden, Ray Busler, C. (Conway) Baker, A. (Al) Coppage, M. (Mario) Tonelli, Bill Davis, Hugh McCullough, Johnny Hall, Keith Ranspot, Frank (Pop) Ivy, Martin Christiansen and Bill Murphy. Goldberg and Aldrich are in the College Hall of Fame. An 8” x 10” b&w photo of Conzelman as the Cardinals’ coach is included. Kevin Keating authenticated the autographs, which are nm-m.
Winning Bid $154     

Lot 235.  Autographs of 42 1961 College Football All-Stars – Lilly, Bellino, Other Stars. From 1934 through 1976 (except 1974), the NFL champions faced the nation’s best college football players in the College All-Star Football Classic in Chicago. In the 1961 contest, the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the All-Stars, 28-24. Two 8.5” x 11” pages have the autographs of 42 All-Stars and their coaches. OTTO GRAHAM was the head coach, and his assistants included DANTE LAVELLI, Dick Stanfel, Don Doll, Johnny Sauer and Mike Scarry. A Heisman Trophy winner, Joe Bellino, and four future Hall of Famers were among the players who signed: Billy Shaw, Robert (Bob) Lilly, Jim (Jimmy) Johnson and Mike Ditka. Other familiar names include Keith Lincoln, T (Tommy) Mason, Aaron Thomas, Tom Matte, Jim Tyrer, Bill Brown, Stew Barber, Norman Snead, Fred Arbanas and Houston Antwine. Kevin Keating authenticated the autographs, which are nm-m 8 and better. More than half are strong pencil autographs.
Winning Bid $83     

Lot 236.  14 Pro Football Hall of Fame Autographs – Connor, Donovan, Graham, Hirsch, Shula, Etc. Twelve signatures are on index of Hall of Fame index cards, unlined unless otherwise indicated: Chuck Bednarik (lined, added years with Eagles, HoF induction), Bobby Bell (biographical card), Lou Creekmur, Art Donovan (light coverage on “Art”), Bill Dudley (bio card), Otto Graham (personalized), Crazylegs Hirsch, John Henry Johnson, George McAfee (bio card), Don Shula (1.75” x 3” cut on an index card), Ernie Stautner and Charley Trippi. George Connor and George Musso signed illustrated Hall of Fame postcards. Authenticated by Kevin Keating, the signatures are nm-m 8 and better. Eleven of these stars are deceased.
Winning Bid $50     

Lot 237.  20 Signed Cards from 1988-90 Swell Sets and 950 Unsigned Cards Including a Set. Twenty autographed cards are from Swell’s 1988 set: #3 Frank Gatski, 17 George Blanda (personalized), 75 Gino Marchetti, 77 Ollie Matson, 78 George McAfee, 79 Mike McCormack, 103 Jim Ringo, 104 Andy Robustelli, 107 Joe Schmidt and 139 Jim Langer. Six more cards are from the 1989 set: #83 George Connor, 90 Jim Parker, 91 Raymond Berry, 95 Larry Wilson, 106 Yale Larry and 113 Willie Davis. Signed cards from the 1990 set are #52 Ernie Stautner, 58 Charley Trippi, 82 Dante “Gluefingers” Lavelli and 109 Bob Lilly. The autographs are nm-m 8 and better. Kevin Keating authenticated them. Twelve of these players are deceased: Blanda, Connor, Gatski, Lavelli, Matson, McAfee, McCormack, Parker, Ringo, Robustelli, Schmidt and Stautner. The 400 unsigned cards from 1990 include a set of 160. The 350 1989 cards are one short of a set; #106 Lary is missing. Sixteen more cards are needed to complete a 1988 set of 144. There are 200 unsigned 1988 cards. The unsigned cards average nm to nm-m.
Winning Bid $100     

Lot 238.  10 Signed Goal Line Art Cards – Barney, Davis, Griese, Hornung, Etc. The Hall of Fame stars in this group are Lem Barney, Willie Davis, Joe DeLamielleure, Bob Griese, John Hannah, Paul Hornung (slight smudge), Jimmy Johnson, Paul Krause, Jim Langer and Yale Lary. Their autographs are nm-m 8 to mint 9. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $163     

Lot 239.  Goal Line Art Cards Signed by 9 HoFers – Adderley, Carson, Lilly, Woodson, Etc. The cards have been autographed by Herb Adderley, Harry Carson, Bob Lilly, Larry Little, Jackie Smith, Jan Stenerud, Charley Taylor, Dave Wilcox and Rod Woodson. Kevin Keating authenticated the autographs, which are nm-m 8 to mint 9.
Winning Bid $120     

Lot 240.  11 8” x 10” Photos Signed by HoFers – Allen, Adderley, Mottley, Lilly, Maynard, Etc. Eight players autographed color photos: Marcus Allen (with Kansas City), Elvin Bethea, Joe DeLamielleure, Charlie Joiner, Bob Lilly, Don Maynard, Mel Renfro and Charley Taylor. The signatures of Stan Jones (died 2010) and Marion Motley (d. 1999) are on Hall of Fame b&w photos, and Herb Adderley, on a b&w action photo. Kevin Keating authenticated the autographs, and the Charley Taylor signature comes with a JSA 2007 Auction LoA from another auction. Generally, the autographs are mint 9 or gem mint 10. The Joiner signature is large and strong on a somewhat dark background, and the Jones autograph shows a smudge at the bottom of the first “S.”
Winning Bid $55     

Lot 241.  Autographs by 11 Pro Football HoFers and a Super Bowl MVP – Hirsch, Long, Smith, Etc. Mark Rypien is the only signer who is not in the Hall of Fame. He earned two Super Bowl rings with the Washington Redskins during his peripatetic career. He signed a 9” x 11.75” color magazine page and added “Super Bowl XXVI ‘M.V.P.’” Two autographs are on 8” x 10.75” color magazine pages – Howie Long and Bruce Smith (Buffalo Bills). Earl Campbell and Crazylegs Hirsch autographed 9” x 10.75” pages. A 5” x 7” color photo is signed by Bob Lilly. The other six autographs are on Hall of Fame b&w postcards: Herb Adderley (signed on front and back; the signature on the back is personalized and dated “1-9-96”), Morris “Red” Badger, Chuck Bednarik, George Connor, Dante “Gluefingers” Lavelli and George Musso. The autographs are nm-m 8 and better, and predominantly mint 9 and gem mint 10. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Minimum Bid $100     

Lot 242.  Eclectic Collection of Football Autographs, Cards and Programs. One of the most desirable autographs is on an 8” x 10.75” page in the Super Bowl XIX program (1985). A Marino color action photo fills the page, and his signature is gem mint 10. The program has autographs also, on b&w photos, of Fred Solomon, Roger Craig, Dwight Clark, Dwight Hicks, Rica Elson and Ronnie Lott (personalized). Kevin Keating authenticated all the autographs in the collection. This program also comes with a JSA Auction LoA from a 2007 auction; it doesn’t mention Solomon or Clark. The program is nm. Football and politics are joined in a Wilson NFL official Tagliabue ball signed by J C Watts Jr. and J D. Hayworth. Watts led the University of Oklahoma to consecutive Orange Bowl victories before playing in the Canadian Football League, and Hayworth worked as a sportscaster. Both served in the U.S. Congress beginning in 1995. Watts’ autograph is ex-m 6, and Hayworth’s, nm-m 8. Another Wilson football is signed by Rashaan Salaam, the 1994 Heisman Trophy winner. His signature fills a full panel and is nm-m 8. Signatures of Dave Kreig, Roy Green, Chuck Cecil, Tim Wrightman, Dale Hessestrae and two others are on white panels of a Wilson Tagliabue football. Mint 9 autographs. Todd Peterson autographed a pair of Nike shoes with mint 9 signatures. He spent 12 seasons as an NFL placekicker for six different teams. The other programs are for Super Bowl 21 (1997) ex-m; Super Bowl 27 (1993) nm; and the 1982 AFC Championship Game, ex+. Most of the cards are from two 1987 Donruss 8” x 10” issues. Six are Donruss Studio Portraits: Favre (2), Rice (2), Rice Silver Portrait Proof and Barry Sanders. And 12 are Donruss Class of Distinction cards: Aikman Silver Portrait Proof, Aikman, Bledsoe, Elway, Favre (2), Marino, Rice, Barry Sanders. Emmitt Smith and Steve Young. The other cards or card-related items are: 1970 Topps Posters #2 Bell, 3 Gabriel, 8 Jones and 19 Lilly; 1970 Kellogg’s #23 Renfro; 1978 Topps #275 Wagner; 1979 #255 Greenwood; 1969 Topps Four-in-One booklet, Houston Oilers; 1973 Topps Team Checklist, Lions; 1976 Town Talk #12 Ypremian; and three team issued-photos, including wide receiver Bob Grim.
Minimum Bid $70     

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