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Football Autographs

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Lot 351.  Jim Brown Autographed Gateway “Silk” Cachet. Stamped in 1984, the envelope honors Brown’s Hall of Fame NFL career. On its list of top 100 athletes of the 20th century, ESPN ranked Brown No. 4, the highest ranking for any football star. Brown’s signature, authenticated by Kevin Keating, is gem mint 10.
Current Bid $25     


Lot 352.  Glenn Davis Autograph and 2 Wire Photos from the 1945 Army-Notre Dame Game. Known as “Mr. Outside,” Davis was one-half of perhaps the most famous college football duo ever. Together, he, and “Doc” Blanchard, “Mr. Inside,” led Army to a 27-0-1 record from 1944 through 1946. Red Blaik, his Hall of Fame coach, called him “the greatest halfback I ever knew.” Davis signed a handwritten note dated 1994 to a fan. The note and autograph are on the back of a note from the fan, and his writing lightly shows through. Otherwise, the autograph is nm-m 8 to mint 9. Davis is featured in two original 7” x 9” sepia Associated Press wire photos with captions attached. He scored the first two touchdowns in a 48-0 Army rout of the Fighting Irish. Both photos display very well despite significant cracking; contrast is strong. Davis won the Heisman Trophy in 1946. He was inducted into the College Hall of Fame in 1961 and passed away in 2005. After fulfilling his military commitment, Davis played for the Los Angeles Rams. He made the Pro Bowl in 1950, his first season. A knee injury ended his career in 1952. Kevin Keating authenticated the autograph.
Minimum Bid $30     


Lot 353.  “Red” Grange Signed 8”x 10” “B&W “Philadelphia Inquirer” Photo with George Halas. The Pro and College Hall of Fame halfback placed a large mint 9 autograph at the top of the photo. Grange, second from the right in the photo, played for the Chicago Bears in 1925 and 1929-34. Halas, third from the left, was the Bears’ owner and coach. The photo is ex-m. Grange died in 1991. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Current Bid $25     


Lot 354.  Paul Hornung Signed Superb Portrait on a “Family Weekly” 1961 Newspaper Supplement. Hornung’s signature is large, bold and beautiful, nm-m 8 to mint 9 on the cover of the complete supplement, which measures 10.75” x 12.75” and contains a full page inside on the Green Bay Packers star. Below his signature, Hornung added “HOF ’80,” for his membership in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He also in the College HoF. Hornung received the 1956 Heisman Trophy and then won four NFL titles, including the first Super Bowl, with Green Bay. The magazine Hornung signed has three tack holes along the left edge, well away from his image and autograph. Accompanying the signature are a 5” x 7” photo of Hornung signing the supplement and a ticket from a 2008 Chantilly, VA, show, where he signed the supplement. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Current Bid $20     


Lot 355.  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 ball was once part of Tommy John’s collection. Authenticated by Kevin Keating and JSA Authentication. The JSA Auction Letter of Authenticity may be exchanged at a discounted price for a full LoA.
Minimum Bid $50     


Lot 356.  Don Shula Autographed 16” x 20” Color Photo. Miami Dolphins players carry Shula off the field following a victory in this nm photo, which has a couple of small, light creases. His signature, bold against a light background, is gem mint 10. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Current Bid $20     


Lot 357.  Roger Staubach Signed 1990 Banquet Program with His Photo and Biography. The signature by the 1963 Heisman Trophy winner and Pro and College Hall of Fame quarterback is huge and nm-m 8 to mint 9. It has been authenticated by JSA Authentication and comes with an Auction Letter of Authenticity from another auction. Authenticated also by Kevin Keating.
Current Bid $20     


Lot 358.  Y. A. Tittle Autographed Classic 16” x 20” Football Image – 2 Copies. Playing at Pittsburgh’s Forbes Field on Sept. 20, 1964, Tittle tossed a screen pass that the Steelers intercepted and returned for a touchdown. Just as he let go of the pass, Tittle was smashed to the ground by 270-pound defensive end John Baker. He sustained bruised ribs and a damaged sternum. The injury effectively ended the Hall of Fame career of the 38-year-old New York Giants quarterback. In the seconds after the brutal, legal hit, “Pittsburgh Post-Gazette” photographer Morris Berman captured the bloodied Tittle on his knees. Actually, the photo earned its place in football history only after Berman entered it in sports photo competition. The “Post-Gazette” chose not to publish it because it showed no action. That changed after Berman won the 1964 National Headliner award for best sports photograph. Tittle’s two autographs are 10s, and he added “H.O.F. ‘71” below. Authenticated by Kevin Keating. The sepia photos are nm with a couple of small, light creases. With the right matting and frame, this poignant football photo will be a certain focus of attention on any wall.
Current Bid $30     


Lot 359.  Chuck Bednarik, John Henry Johnson, Alan Page and Bob Lilly Autographs. Authenticated by Kevin Keating, these autographs are nm-m 8 to mint 9. Bednarik signed a 2.5” x 5.5” black & white postcard; Johnson (died 2011), a 5” x 7” b&w card summarizing his career; Page, a Historic Limited Editions Z silk cachet commemorating his Pro Hall of Fame enshrinement; and Bob Lilly, a 5” x 7” color photo reproducing the image used in the 1998 Ron Mix HoF platinum postcard set. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Current Bid $20     


Lot 360.  Autographs of 8 Heisman Trophy Winners – Berwanger, Cannon, Campbell, Etc. The signatures, authenticated by Kevin Keating, are nm-m 8 or better on 8” x 10” photos unless otherwise noted. In chronological order, the Heisman signers are: Jay Berwanger (1935, the first player to receive the award, 5” x 7” color photo); Angelo Bertelli (1943, two autographs, one personalized, on different b&w photos); Johnny Lattner (1953, reproduction of a “Time” magazine cover); John David Crow (1957, b&w photo); Billy Cannon (1959, b&w photo); Earl Campbell (1977, 8.5” x 11.5” magazine photo); and Billy Sims (1978, color photo). Sims was the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year for 1980 and the UPI NFL-NFC Rookie of the Year. He noted these honors by adding “’80 – R.O.Y.” Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Minimum Bid $40     


Lot 361.  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 Dan 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, Riki Ellson 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 Tagliabu 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, Beldsoe, 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 $35     




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