Pittsburgh Football - Vintage Steelers, Maulers and Gladiators
Lot 92. Ernie Stautner Signed Pittsburgh Steelers 1950 Game-Used Leather Football Helmet. In the 1950s, Stautner’s hallmarks - his blue-collar work ethic and his boundless energy - personified Pittsburgh. Undersized for a defensive lineman, he nevertheless retired as the NFL leader in safeties; he ranked third in fumble recoveries. The first Steeler to have his jersey number retired, he was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on the first ballot in 1969. (The Steelers have retired only two numbers – Stautner’s and Joe Greene’s.) He died in 2006. Stautner signed the suspension inside the leather helmet, which has “1950 Pgh. Steelers” printed inside in another hand. His signature, authenticated by Kevin Keating, is nm-m 8. Whether Stautner or another Steeler wore this helmet is unclear. One of the types of helmets the Steelers wore in the 1940s into the early 1950s, it shows plenty of game use, especially on the piping. After each season, these leather helmets were stripped down to the brown tones this helmet displays and then repainted in gold. This helmet is an unusual, highly collectible item associated with one of the Steelers’ greatest players from the pre-1970 era.
Winning Bid $693
Lot 93. 2 1953 New York Giants vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Football Programs. One program is for an Oct. 3 game at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, and the other, for a Nov. 15 encounter at the Polo Grounds. The Steelers won both games, 24-14 in Pittsburgh and 14-10 in New York. The cover of the Pittsburgh program depicts a huge football player towering over a muscular steelworker. Vg-ex with a 1.5" spine split at the bottom. The 26 pages picture Charlie Conerly and Kyle Rote for the Giants and three Steelers, including Bill (William Henry) Walsh (not the coach) and John Schweder. It has also a photo of a very young Dan ("Danny") Rooney, who presents "Danny R's Sports Quiz." Rooney is chairman of the Steelers and a Hall of Fame member. The Giants' program, with an action scene on the cover, is ex and includes 20 pages. Frank Gifford is the subject of an article on his football career and on his role in the movie "All-American." Jim Finks is pictured for Pittsburgh, and in an advertisement, Mickey Mantle and Pee Wee Reese promote razor blades.
Winning Bid $35
Lot 94. Terry Bradshaw Signed Official NFL Paul Tagliabue Football. Bradshaw’s signature stretches for 8.5 inches and essentially fills a panel of this all-brown football, which still has a Wilson tag attached. The Pittsburgh Steelers’ Hall of Fame quarterback signed the panel below the panel with the NFL logo. Authenticated by Kevin Keating and JSA Authentication, the autograph is nm-m 8. It comes with a JSA Basic Cert. The ball shows some light rubbing. Bradshaw was a winner. In his first two seasons, the Steelers posted losing records. After that, with him at quarterback, they had nine consecutive winning seasons for the first time in their history. In fact, before Bradshaw, they never had more than two winning seasons in a row. Of course, he also led the Steelers to four victories in the Super Bowl, the first quarterback to do so.
Winning Bid $140
Lot 95. Pittsburgh Steelers’ Rare 1974 WTAE Card Near Set – 13 of 14, One Unchecklisted. These 8” x 10” cards have posed photos of Steelers stars on the front. The backs provide information on the player and encourage collectors to “Follow the Steelers on 1250/WTAE” radio. Terry Bradshaw is missing from this group, which includes four Hall of Fame members. It also includes Bruce Van Dyke, who does not appear on any checklist we’ve found. The other players are Sam Davis, Glen Edwards, Frenchy Fuqua, Roy Gerela, Joe Gilliam, Joe Greene ex-m, Jack Ham g-vg, Terry Hanratty, Franco Harris ex+, Ray Mansfield ex+, Ron Shanklin and Mike Wagner. Sets or near sets of these cards are seldom offered. Ex to ex-m overall.
Winning Bid $180
Lot 96. USFL Pittsburgh Maulers Collection - 9 Items - a First Home Game Program, Pennant, Etc. The Maulers joined the fledgling and struggling United States Football League for its second season in 1984. Edward J. DeBartolo, Sr., owned the team. Led by Heisman Trophy winner Mike Rozier, the USFL’s first draft pick in 1984, the Maulers posted a 3-15 record in their only season. The team folded in 1985. Memorabilia from the team’s brief history includes: 1. A program for the team’s first home game, against the Birmingham Stallions on March 11. With former Steeler Cliff Stoudt at quarterback for Birmingham, the Maulers drew a sellout crowd at Three Rivers Stadium. Ex program of more than 120 pages. 2. A full-sized purple, orange and gray on white pennant with the team name and logo. Nm-m. 3. A cloth cap with three team logos; vg-ex. 4. A visor with the Maulers’ logo. Ex. 5. A head band with the Maulers’ logo, mint in the original package. 6. A 12-page preview of the 1984 season and review of the 1983 season from Dodge. 7. A Pittsburgh Maulers size small T-shirt. Nm. 8. A size medium T-shirt with the Maulers’ logo. Nm. 9. And a Maulers’ seat cushion. Ex-m.
Winning Bid $92
Lot 97. 4 Rare Pittsburgh Gladiators’ Arena Football League Inaugural (1987) Season Programs. With three other teams, the Gladiators were charter members of the Arena Football League. In 1991, the Gladiators became the Tampa Bay Storm, they only team today that can trace its roots to an original team. On June 19, 1987, at Pittsburgh’s Civic Arena, the Gladiators defeated the Washington Commandos in the league’s first game. In a brief season, the team won three more games, lost two and then fell to the Denver Dynamite in the league’s first championship game, which was played at the Civic Arena. The programs are for the Gladiators’ three regular-season home games and the championship. Each program contains 36 pages, plus the covers. The program for the first game is ex+; for the third (Denver Dynamite), ex-m; and for the second game (Chicago Bruisers) and the Arena Bowl, nm to nm-m. A couple of the Gladiators’ players had a turn in the NFL. These programs are very seldom seen.
Minimum Bid $50
Lot 98. Pittsburgh Steelers 1970s Collection – Autographs, Pennants, Team Photos, Glasses, Etc.! The autographs, by Steelers on the 1970 team, are on a Wilson Official Intercollegiate football: Preston Pearson, Sam Davis, Dave Smith, Bruce Van Dyke, Ralph Wentzel, Lloyd Voss, Ray Mansfield, Dick Arndt, Ben McGee and Dick Hoak. Kevin Keating authenticated the signatures, which average nm 7. The Mansfield autograph is ex 5. 2. After the 1971 Steelers posted a 6-8 record, the 1972 team, of “Immaculate Reception” fame, created hope for better days as they won the AFC Central Division with an 11-3 record and then defeated Oakland in a playoff game. The team is the subject a 9” x 12” b&w photo from Iron City Beer. The players are identified. Vg-ex. 3. The Steelers’ first Super Bowl triumph, on Jan. 12, 1975 in Super Bowl IX, is memorialized in a 12” x 15” framed display that includes a 4.5” x 10” color photo, the team’s 1974 record and a summary of the Super Bowl win over Minnesota. Ex-m. A variety of items are connected to the team’s third Super Bowl victory, on Jan. 21, 1979 at Miami’s Orange Bowl: 4. A full-sized “Super Bowl XIII Champs” team photo pennant, nm-m. 5. A Super Bowl XIII full-sized “AFC Champions” pennant with the Steelers’ logo on a helmet, and the date and location of the game. This pennant is free of creases and wear with a heavy stain at the tip and a lighter stain about 8” from the tip. 6-9. A scarce set of four 1979 placemats that recognize the Steelers’ successes in Super Bowls IX, X and XIII. Each of the 11.25” x 17.25” placemats is laminated, with pliable plastic over paper. Each has one of two artwork scenes at the left, with photos at the bottom representing the “Offensive Attack,” the “Defensive Line,” the “Defensive Backfield” or the “Offensive Line.” Most of the Steelers’ greats from this era a pictured. (Lynn Swann is absent.) Nm to nm-m. 10-27. Eighteen beer cans each have a photo of the 1978 Steelers team, which won Super Bowl XIII. The cans are empty, all but three opened at the top, and average ex. 28. A color photo of the Super Bowl XIV champions framed to 11.75” x 14.75”. Nm. 29-32. And a set of four McDonald’s tumblers marking the team’s Super Bowl XIV win. Each glass has a b&w portrait of three different Steelers, including Bradshaw, Ham, Greene, Lambert, Blount, Stallworth and Bleier. Nm-m.
Winning Bid $100