Lot 252. George Halas Bold Autograph with Dual Authentication. Halas’ signature, nm-m 8 on 2 1/8” x 4 3/8” brown paper, has been authenticated by JSA Authentication and Kevin Keating. It comes with a JSA Basic Cert. Accompanying the autograph, which shows very slight bleeding, is a 1989 Goal Line Art card of the Hall of Fame coach. Halas is the only individual who had a role in the National Football League during its first 50 years. He attended the league’s founding meeting, established the Decatur Staleys, which became the Chicago Bears, played end for nine seasons and coached the Bears to six NFL titles in 40 seasons. He was a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s inaugural class. Halas died in 1983.
Winning Bid $92
Lot 253. “Red” Grange, His Autograph, Erector Sets and the Olympics. Galloping Ghosts! What could these four topics possibly have in common? Well, the autograph of the football Hall of Famer who helped to build the NFL is large and bold on the cover of a 1928 booklet prepared and published by an Olympic champion. Competing for the U.S., Alfred Carlton (A. C.) Gilbert won the gold medal in the pole vault competition at the 1908 Olympics in London. Five years later, A. C. Gilbert developed a construction toy that led to greater and more lasting recognition – the Erector Set. By the time he published the booklet Grange signed, A. C. Gilbert and his eponymous company had sold millions of them. The 5” x 6.75” booklet contains 32 pages of photos and information on pole vaulting (an article by Gilbert), hurdling and the 1928 Olympics. Gilbert, a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, is pictured on the cover. The booklet is not a thing of beauty from a condition standpoint. It has damage along the left side and at the top left. The text and photos are not affected. But Grange’s autograph is strong, and Kevin Keating has authenticated it. And vintage advertisements for Erector Sets and other Gilbert toys inside the front cover and on the back cover, inside and out, make the booklet all the more interesting.
Winning Bid $45
Lot 254. Drew Bledsoe Signed New England Patriots Reebok NFL Equipment Size 50 Jersey. Nm 7 to nm-m 8 autograph on the second “1” of No. 11 on the back of the jersey, which also has Bledsoe’s name. The jersey is nm-m. Bledsoe starred for the Patriots in the 1990s. He was a Pro Bowls selection for the team in 1994, 1996 and 1997 and then returned to the game in 2002 for the Buffalo Bills. He helped the Patriots to win two AFC championships. In 2007, he retired as fifth in pass attempts in the NFL (6,717) and completions (3,839), seventh in passing yards (44,611) and 13th in touchdown passes (251). Kevin Keating authenticated Bledsoe’s autograph.
Winning Bid $50
Lot 255. Lou Groza and Dick Schafrath Autographed Cleveland Browns Jersey. A placekicker and offensive tackle, Groza retired at the end of the 1967 season as the NFL’s career kicking and points leader. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1974. A Browns’ lineman from 1959-71, Schafrath was named an All-Pro four times, selected for the Pro Bowl in seven seasons and voted the team’s MVP in 1963. Groza died in 2000. Schafrath’s autograph is nm-m 8 on one of the numbers on the back of the jersey. Groza’s is nm 7 to nm-m 8 on the other. The jersey by LogoAthletic is size XL, has (Eric) Metcalf’s name on the back and is nm-m. Kevin Keating authenticated the autographs.
Winning Bid $40
Lot 256. Joe Montana Autographed 8” x 10” Color Photo and Pinnacle Card. Nm-m 8 to mint 9 autographs by the Hall of Fame star, ranked highest among quarterbacks (at No. 25) on ESPN’s list of the top 100 athletes of the 20th century. The photo and card of Montana with the Kansas City Chiefs are mounted on a 12” x 15” plaque. Kevin Keating authenticated the autographs.
Winning Bid $35
Lot 257. Jack Murphy, Who Had a Stadium Named for Him, and Other Autographs on a Program. Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego was named after Murphy, a sports editor and columnist for the “San Diego Union” newspaper from 1951-80. He was a key figure in getting the American Football League Chargers to move south from Los Angeles, landing the Padres as a National League expansion baseball team in 1969, and lobbying for a new stadium. The 54,000-seat San Diego Stadium was renamed San Diego Jack Murphy Stadium, or simply Jack Murphy Stadium, in 1980. In 1997, the name was changed to Qualcomm Stadium, although veteran local fans still sometimes refer to it as “The Murph.” This 1971 Milwaukee Old Timers Baseball Association dinner program is signed by 20 attendees, including Murphy, whose signature is rare. He signed between two lines of text and partially over “Old Timers” on the program cover. Other signatures are by Dick Ellsworth, Ted Savage, Roy McMillan, Jim Slaton, Jackie Moore, Rick Auerbach, John Briggs, Floyd Wicker, Andy Kosco and Wes Stock. Kevin Keating authenticated the autographs.
Winning Bid $35
Lot 258. Y. A. Tittle Autographed Classic 16” x 20” Football Image. 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 autograph is a 10, and he added “H.O.F. ‘71” below. Authenticated by Kevin Keating. The sepia photo is 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.
Winning Bid $50
Lot 259. Y. A. Tittle Autographed Red & White San Francisco 49ers Jersey. Tittle carved out a Hall of Fame career with the Baltimore Colts, 49ers and New York Giants. Selected for the Pro Bowl seven times, he was also named the NFL’s MVP four times by one or more organizations. He was inducted into the Pro Hall of Fame in 1971. His signature in silver is nm-m 8 on a red “4” of No. 14 on the back of the jersey, which also presents his name. The jersey, size large, is mint. Kevin Keating and JSA Authentication have both authenticated Tittle’s autograph. JSA has provided Certificate #W156806 through its “Witnessed Protection Program.” The certificate states the jersey was signed “in the presence of a James Spence Authentication, LLC representative.”
Winning Bid $55
Lot 260. Reggie White Autographed 5” x 7” B&W Philadelphia Eagles Glossy Photo. White boldly signed the photo, personalized it, and added the Bible verse “Acts 2:36-39.” Kevin Keating authenticated the autograph, which is large and nm-m 8 and would display more strongly on a different background. In 15 NFL seasons as a defensive lineman with the Eagles, Packers and Panthers, White was selected for the Pro Bowl 13 times, was named a first-team All-Pro 10 times, and was chosen as the NFL Defensive Player of the Year twice. He is in both the Pro and College Halls of Fame. He was only 43 when he died in 2004.
Winning Bid $50
Lot 261. 19 Autographs – 9 Heisman Trophy Winners, 8 Pro HoFers and 2 Cowboys. All of the autographs but two are on 3” x 5” index cards. The Heisman winners are from 1973, including the first recipient, Jay Berwanger (1935). Berwanger passed away in 2002. The other Heisman stars, in chronological order, are: Doc Blanchard (1945; died 2009); Leon Hart (1949: d. 2002), personalized signature; John David Crow (1957), Joe Bellino (1960), Terry Baker (1962), Steve Spurrier (1966), Gary Beban (1967) and John Cappelletti (1973). The Heisman autographs are nm-m 8. The signature of Pro Hall of Fame executive Dan Rooney is on a 5” x 7” photo showing Rooney with a statue of Art Rooney, his Hall of Fame father, behind him. Index cards are autographed by Chuck Bednarik (added “Pro Football Hall of Fame 1967,” lined card), Jack Ham, George Musso (d. 2000), Ernie Stautner (d. 2006), Mick Tingelhoff, Charley Trippi and Steve Van Buren (d. 2012; personalized signature). Bednarik passed away in March. The Tingelhoff autograph is on a lined card with water damage; the signature remains strong. These HoF autographs average nm-m 8. There are two other autographs, Craig Morton on a 4” x 6” index card, and Jethro Pugh on a 3 x 5. Morton’s signature is mint 9. He lists some of the greatest players he played with or against – Bob Lilly, Mel Renfro, Roger Staubach, Lee Roy Jordan and Dick Butkus. Pugh’s signature shows bleeding from the effects of water. Kevin Keating authenticated this outstanding assortment of Pro and College Hall of Fame players. The break-up potential is excellent!
Minimum Bid $100
Lot 262. 14 Signed Goal Line Art Hall of Fame Postcards – Bethea, Levy, Maynard, Wehrli, Etc. Bold autographs, all nm-m 8 or better authenticated by Kevin Keating: Elvin Bethea, Willie Brown, Dan Hampton, Kenny Houston, Marv Levy, Don Maynard, John Randle, Jackie Smith, Jan Stenerud (2), Dwight Stephenson, Charley Trippi, Roger Wehrli and Dave Wilcox. All but Maynard and Randle added his year of induction to the Hall of Fame.
Winning Bid $138
Lot 265. 20 Pro Football Hall of Fame Autographs – Nitschke, Unitas, Marino, Taylor, Etc. These autographs are on various media, which are listed. Unless otherwise indicated, the autographs, which have been authenticated by Kevin Keating, are nm-m 8 or better. Chuck Bednarik signed an 8” x 10” color photo, and Jim Taylor (personalized), a b&w photo that has been trimmed to 7.5” x 9.5” and folded twice for mailing. A tiny portion of the “J” was affected. Willie Davis, Bill Dudley and George Musso autographed Hall of Fame postcards; Dudley’s card has been trimmed to 3.5” x 3.5”. The signatures of Johnny Unitas (personalized, color 5” x 7”) and Jack Ham (b&w 5” x 8”) are on promotional photos for Starcraft vans and Macey’s, respectively. Tommy McDonald (personalized) placed his signature on a b&w 3.5” x 6.5” photo; Art Donovan, personalized ex-m 6 on a 3” x 4.75” b&w photo; Mel Hein, nm 7 on an Immortal Roll card; Ray Nitschke, a 1990 Green Bay Packer schedule, and Dan Marino, a 4” x 5.75” autograph page. Index cards 3” x 5” present the signatures of Joe DeLamielleure and Ernie Stautner. Finally, six autographs are on individual 4” x 6” cards that have a photo of the player, year of HoF enshrinement, and other information: Jimmy Johnson, Leroy Kelly, Bob St. Clair, Arnie Weinmeister (mounted signature), Randy White (mounted signature) and Kellen Winslow. Except for those signed by Nitschke, Stautner, DeLamielleure, McDonald, Ham, Unitas, Marino and Musso, the items have scrapbook residue on the back. Nine of these Hall of Fame stars are deceased - Bednarik, Dudley, Musso, Unitas, Donovan, Hein, Nitschke, Stautner and Weinmeister.
Winning Bid $61
Lot 266. 8 Pro Football Hall of Fame Autographs – Badgro, Barney, Hein, Joiner, Mack, Etc. Two autographs are on Gateway Stamp Co. “silk” cachet envelopes – Lem Barney and Charlie Joiner. The envelopes were issued in conjunction with each player’s enshrinement. The other signatures are on Jim Thorpe first day covers with the stamp issued in his honor by the U.S. Postal Service on May 24, 1984. Four were written directly on the envelopes: Morris “Red” Badgro, Jim Langer, Larry Little and Tom Mack. Two others have signature cuts applied, one with Mike Haynes, and the other, with Mel Hein. These autographs are generally nm-m 8 or better. Badgro traced over several letters in his signature, apparently when the pen skipped. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Minimum Bid $40