1960 Jim Otto Game-Worn, Signed Oakland Raiders Rookie Jersey – COA 100% TeamGo Back
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Back in the day, the American Football League (AFL) was a powerhouse that certainly changed the engine of playing football. They essentially took the NFL gound and pound philosophy away by opening up the playbook and adding dimension to the field. This concept sounds familiar to how the modern day game is played but perhaps it is a mere flashback.
In the AFL inaugural year (1960), The city of Oakland was awarded the eighth franchise and the Raiders were born. This was after the Los Angeles Chargers owner demanded a second team was added on the West Coast or else he would forfeit his franchise. Also during that time, when the Minneapolis contingent reneged to accept an NFL franchise, the Raiders inherited Minneapolis’ draft picks.
The Raiders chose Jim Otto in the draft as their stalwart franchise man. He signed and became a Raider in perpetuity with 15 HOF seasons served starting 223 consecutive games over his time in the Bay area, second of all time at center position.
Interestingly, Otto was issued jersey number “50” for the AFL’s inaugural season, 1960, but switched to his familiar “00” the next season. This accounting is important because it leads the presentation of this exceptional durene game jersey of Otto from his rookie season.
The design is simple with his rookie jersey number identified as “50” on the front, back and shoulders via sewn on numerals in shadowed yellow/white tackle twill. Of note, the yellow portion has aged and shows some fading. The front features a distinct tail manufacturer’s tag in Wilson from the time period – [size 46] with wash instructions.
The AFL was an innovator in the application of player’s names to jerseys and the trend started with the inaugural season of 1960. The Raiders used his full name on this one “JIM OTTO” because there was also a Gus Otto that played for the Raiders during this time period. NOB font size is 1-3/4″ sewn onto top back portion of the jersey. Present in the design of the durene material, the sleeves have three distinct yellow/white highlight stripes. There’s also a circular area sewn-in for extra material on the elbows for protection.
Overall, the jersey shows tremendous wear. This type of wear is typical for a vintage game jersey that shows a whole season of use in the main trenches. The use is very-very heavy, with 10+ massive team repairs abound, identifier thread fraying and consistent soiling from one side to the other. This jersey is a great reflection on real football when players were durable warriors. It also reflects the teams belief in recycling (i.e. cost consciousness) as most likely it suffered a significant degree of practice use after the debut AFL season.
The jersey was sourced direct from Jim Otto, and it was autographed an authenticated by the man himself in black felt tip, “My Rookie Jersey.” This rookie Otto jersey is not only a rare survivor from the Raiders inaugural season but along with a white version, one of only two to exist from the special season. Authentication: JSA Full Letter, 100% Authentic Team & Photo of Signing
|Game-Used Auth Status||Pass|
|Condition||2 = Appears in used condition, laundered|
|Modifications||2 = 2 or more modifications or attributes designed for/by player|
|Photomatch||3 = Positive Photo or Video Match|
|Provenance||3 = Player Inscription On Item|
|Wear||6 = Wear with the most use ever seen|
|Tagging||4 = Positive direct match on all tags|
|Game-Used Auth Status||
2 = Appears in used condition, laundered
2 = 2 or more modifications or attributes designed for/by player
3 = Positive Photo or Video Match
3 = Player Inscription On Item
6 = Wear with the most use ever seen
4 = Positive direct match on all tags