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Football Autographs

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Lot 9.  Rare Fritz Pollard Signed Index Card Offering His “Most Thrilling Moment” in Football. Pollard starred at Brown University before becoming one of the first two African American players in the NFL in 1920. Later, he became the NFL’s first black coach. At Brown, he helped the team to win the 1916 Rose Bowl, and he was the first black running back on Walter Camp’s All-America team. Camp described him as “one of the greatest runners these eyes have ever seen.” Pollard began his pro career in 1920 with the Akron Pros, and his ball carrying prowess helped the team to win the first NFL (APFA) championship. (The American Professional Football Association became the NFL in 1922.) In 1921, he became co-head coach of the Pros and played halfback as well. He also was head coach of the Hammond Pros in 1923 and 1924. In addition to the Akron and Hammond teams, Pollard played for the Milwaukee Badgers, the Providence Steam Roller, the Akron Indians and two non-NFL teams. His NFL playing and coaching career ended in 1926 when the league banned all black players. Pollard was enshrined in the College Hall of Fame in 1954 and, posthumously, in the Pro Hall of Fame in 2005. He died in 1986 at the age of 92. His autograph is mint 9 on a biographical index card that provides some college and pro information. In addition, on the back, Pollard described his “most thrilling moment in sport” which occurred “when Yale was leading Brown 6-0 and I ran a punt back for a touchdown which completely changed the complexion of the game. We won 21-6, all touchdowns scored by myself.” Authenticated by Kevin Keating. Also enclosed is a vintage newspaper photo of Pollard that could be displayed with the autograph.
Current Bid $267     

Lot 133.  14 Signed Pro HoF Photos – Csonka, Dawson, Griese, Page, Shell, Upshaw, 9 More! These 8” x 10” b&w photos are from the Pro Football Hall of Fame at Canton. Most are in a horizontal format with two images of the player, one head and shoulders, and the other, an action shot, either posed or from a game. Each lists the year the player was inducted into the HoF. The photos are signed by Larry Csonka, Len Dawson, Bob Griese, Kenny Houston, Jim Langer, Willie Lanier (signed both images), Yale Lary (vertical photo, one image), Don Maynard, Alan C Page, Jim Ringo (vertical photo, one image; died 2007), Art Shell, Gene Upshaw (d. 2008), Steve Van Buren (vertical, one image; d. 2012) and Willie Wood. The signatures of Griese, Upshaw and Wood are personalized to “Frank.” Langer’s autograph is nm 7, and Ringo’s is strong with two very small smudges. The others are nm-m 8 or better. All have been authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Minimum Bid $100     

Lot 134.  Pro Football HoF Full-Sized Helmet Signed by the 3 2000 Inductees – Long, Lott and Wilcox. Nm helmet with the mint 9 to gem mint 10 autographs of Howie Long, Ronnie Lott and Dave Wilcox. Each added “HOF” and either “00” or “2000” to indicate the year of his enshrinement. Playing for Raiders (in Oakland or Los Angeles) for 13 seasons, Long was one of the top defensive ends of the 1980s and early 1990s. He was selected for the Pro Bowl eight times, including five in a row, and played in Super Bowl XVIII. Another defensive star, Lott has been rated the 11th best NFL player of all time by Broncos. Playing cornerback, free safety and strong safety, he made the Pro Bowl 10 times, nine with the San Francisco 49ers, and helped the team to win four Super Bowls. A linebacker, Dave Wilcox played for San Francisco his entire career and was named to the Pro Bowl seven times. The autographs of these stars display boldly in black on the white background of the helmet., which still has plenty of room for the two other 2000 inductees - Joe Montana and Dan Rooney. Kevin Keating authenticated the signatures. Our starting bid is less than the cost of the helmet!
Minimum Bid $75     

Lot 135.  Joe Namath Autographed Oct. 9, 1972 “Sports Illustrated” Cover. Namath’s bold nm-m 8 signature stretches for 7” across the cover, which has had a label removed, leaving only a very small blemish toward the lower left. Inside the magazine is a four-page article on Namath and the New York Jets. Kevin Keating authenticated the autograph of the Jets’ smiling leader.
Current Bid $30     

Lot 136.  Harry Carson Autographed “Signature” Football. Carson’s signature is mint 9 on a white panel of the brown and white full-sized Wilson football that is nm-m. He added “HOF ‘06” below. Carson starred at South Carolina State before being drafted by the New York Giants in the fourth round of the 1976 draft. The selection was one of the team’s best. In 13 seasons at linebacker, Carson was chosen for the Pro Bowl nine times. He was inducted into the College Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Pro HoF in 2006. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Minimum Bid $50     

Lot 137.  Jerome “Brud” Holland Autograph – College Hall of Fame Member. An All-America end in 1937 and 1938, Holland was the first African-American to play for Cornell. Although he had the talent to play in the NFL, he could not because of the NFL’s ban on black player imposed in 1933. The ban was finally lifted in 1946 – when Holland was 40. He continued his academic pursuits and had a distinguished career as president of Delaware State College and the Hampton Institute. He also served as ambassador to Sweden and on the boards of directors of a number of U.S. companies. He died in 1985. He had been elected to the College HoF in 1965. His signature is nm-m 8 to mint 9 on an informational 3” x 5” card; he added information on his college football days. He ranks among the best of the African American football stars that played when some colleges accepted a small number of black players on their teams, and the NFL enforced segregation. Autograph authentication by Kevin Keating.
Minimum Bid $50     

Lot 138.  Jim Kelly Autographed Buffalo Bills Jersey. Kelly was the 1984 Rookie of the Year in the short-lived USFL. In the NFL, he was a five-time Pro Bowler who led the Bills to four straight AFC Championships, 1990-93. He was inducted into the Pro Hall of Fame in 2002. Kelly signed the “2” on the back of the jersey, which also displays his name. The mint 9 autograph, personalized to “Mike and Buffalo Pizza Co.,” has been authenticated by Kevin Keating. The jersey is 29” x 37”. The frame shows wear and minor damage, and we could ship the jersey without it.
Minimum Bid $60     

Lot 139.  Bobby Layne Autographed 8” x 10” B&W Photo. Large, bold nm-m 8 signature on a photo that shows the legendary quarterback at a Detroit Lions’ practice session. In signing the photo, Layne placed “ne” slightly above the first three letters of his last name. Layne led the Lions to NFL championships in 1952 and 1953, and the Pittsburgh Steelers to respectability in the late 1950s and early 1960s. His pro coach, Buddy Parker, called him “the greatest leader I’ve ever been associated with.” Layne was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1967. He was just shy of age 60 when he passed away in 1986. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Current Bid $50     

Lot 140.  Ty Law Autographed New England Patriots Mini Helmet. Law was a four-time Pro Bowl cornerback and three-time Super Bowl champion with the New England Patriots. He also made the Pro Bowl with the New York Jets. Before the NFL, Law played football at Michigan and football and basketball at Aliquippa High School near Pittsburgh. Although Law was a dominant cornerback, he was not among the finalists for the Pro Hall of Fame this year. He remains eligible for future induction and has strong support from a large group of fans. His signature is mint 9 to gem mint 10 on a nm-m Riddell mini helmet. Kevin Keating authenticated the autograph.
Current Bid $30     

Lot 141.  Dan Marino Autographed Miami Dolphins Jersey. The Hall of Fame quarterback placed a mint 9 signature more than five inches long on #1 of his #13 on the back of the jersey, a size 48 L Pro Line model by Starter. The nm-m jersey has his number on the front, back and sleeves, and his name on the back. Kevin Keating authenticated the autograph. Marino set numerous passing records during his career, including most career yards and touchdown passes. He retired in 1999. Since then, both Brett Favre and Peyton Manning have eclipsed his numbers. He remains one of the most highly regarded passers in NFL history, and this jersey and autograph are beauties!
Current Bid $100     

Lot 142.  Dan Marino Autographed Football. Enshrined in both the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame, Marino was one of the best players in NFL history. In 1999, “The Sporting News” rated him 27th on its list of 100 greatest players, and he placed 25th on the NFL’s list of “Top 100 Greatest Players.” He also made ESPN’s list (#75) of top 100 North American Athletes of the 20th century. Marino’s autograph is large and nm-m 8 on a panel of a Wilson NFL official football. Currently deflated, the autograph and ball will display stunningly once an apparent small leak is repaired.
Minimum Bid $50     

Lot 143.  Autograph of Kenny Washington – the NFL’s First Post-WWII Black Player. In 1939, Washington, Jackie Robinson and future movie star Woody Strode helped the UCLA Bruins to a successful season. Despite leading the nation in total offense, he was named only a second-team All-American and omitted from the East-West Shrine Game. At graduation, he was banned from the NFL; this ban on African Americans had been in effect since 1933. As a result, Washington played in the Pacific Coast Professional Football League from 1941-1945. Finally, in 1946, at the age of 28, he became the first black player admitted to the NFL since the 1933 ban and World War II. By then, his knees were damaged, and his NFL career lasted only three seasons with the Los Angeles Rams. Washington was enshrined in the College Hall of Fame in 1956. His jersey, No. 13, was the first to be retired by UCLA. A distinguished Los Angeles police officer after his retirement from football, he was only 52 when he died in 1971. In recent years, supporters have conducted a campaign for his admission to the Pro Hall of Fame. Washington’s signature is nm-m to mint 9 on a lined index card; he added “U.C.L.A. 1939” below. The signature has been authenticated and slabbed by PSA. Kevin Keating also authenticated it.
Current Bid $83     

Lot 144.  NFL Alumni Football Signed by 26 – 8 Pro HoFers – Most with a Pittsburgh Connection. These autographs range from nm-m 8 to gem mint 10 and average mint 9. They stand out boldly in black on the white panels of the NFL Alumni full-sized football. Here are the signatures by panel: Don Maynard, Andy Russell, Mel Blount, J T Thomas, Mike Ditka and Mike Merriweather; “Bullet Bill” Dudley, Lionel Taylor, Jack Ham, Mark May, Shane Conlan, Robin Cole, Craig Bingham and Roy Gerela; John Banaszak, D (Dermontti) Dawson, Bobby Bell, Dick Hoak, Jim Sweeney, L C Greenwood and Emil Boures; and Mike Wagner, Kellen Winslow (Sr.), Dwight Hicks, Mike Tomczak and Charles Mann. Many of these players are also in the College Hall of Fame. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Current Bid $50     

Lot 145.  12 Autographed Football HoF Postcards – Dawson, Joiner, Walsh and 9 More. Kevin Keating authenticated the signatures which, except as noted, are nm-m 8 or better on the 4” x 6” color card: Lem Barney, Bobby Bell, Lou Creekmur, Len Dawson, John Hannah (added “Hall of Fame Class of 91”), Jimmy Johnson, Stan Jones, Leroy Kelly, Yale Lary, Mike McCormack, Charlie Joiner and Bill Walsh (nm 7 to nm-m 8).
Minimum Bid $50     

Lot 146.  10 Autographed Goal Line Art Cards – Carson, Charlie Sanders, Woodson, Etc. These autographs are nm-m 8 and better: Harry Carson, Jimmy Johnson, Jim Langer, Yale Lary, Larry Little, Charlie Sanders, Jackie Smith, Jan Stenerud, Dave Wilcox and Rod Woodson. All but Carson and Woodson added the year of his Hall of Fame induction. Kevin Keating authenticated the autographs.
Minimum Bid $50     

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