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1960s Jim Otto Game-Worn, Signed Oakland Raiders Rookie Era Sideline Cape (JSA, Player Letter & 100% Team LOA)Go Back
Winning Bid: $4,348.38
Winning Bid: $4,348.38
Auction ends: June 10, 2017 8:00 PM
Total price with Buyers Premium: $5,218.06
Bids count: 15
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Back in the 1960’s and 70’s, the Oakland Raiders were part of the AFL engine. The Raiders when they started their franchise in the 1960– for a brief moment had gold (1960-62) in their official colors along with black and white.
Jim Otto – “00” himself was the central fusion point of their offense at center. The right to Otto’s contract was given to the team in their inaugural year (1960). He embodied the toughness and tenacity of the 1960’s Raiders. Heck, he was a Sporting News All-League center from 1960-69. And, an All-Star in the first 13 of his 15 seasons (every year of the AFL 1960-69) and three seasons in the NFL. He joined the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1980 (the first year he was eligible). And, ranked 78 (in 1999) on The Sporting News list of 100 Greatest Football Players.
This sideline cape belonged to Jim Otto back during his and the franchise’s rookie era. Some NFL 1960s sideline capes were colorful – but for the most part, generic and player-unidentifiable. This team jacket was easily identifiable with Raider gold and black and clearly designed for harsh conditions. The team name “Raiders” cascades the back in black letters (length 24″ with height of R at 8″). The sewn on letters were part of the custom design as the section was patched in before the interior layering was added. The back of the letters are visible in the interior through the wool.
The jacket is heavy like armor, with the exterior made from a durable outdoor cloth. Over the years from the use and storage, soiling has top coated most of the coat on the outside. The interior is insulated with layers of wool and has pockets for precious finger protection against frost bite.
Remember, this was back when teams didn’t have warmers for their helmets or direct heating fans. The jacket was the only option as it was made by Hodgman a tough weather jacket manufacturer in Framingham, Massachusetts (tagging in interior). The company started in 1938 and developed an excellent reputation for well made waterproof rubber products (i.e. raincoats and outdoor clothing) over the years. They are still around today and now owned by Jarden Corp.
For Otto, this was a last resort of protection against the cold bite of winter on the snow salted tundra of concrete disguised as a playing field. Top interior hood tagging says it is Style 150 with [size] Special. Special is very large to cover those pro shoulder pads with a height of 55″ and a wingspan of 33″.
With the highest level of authentication from 100% Authentic Team, the cape comes directly from Otto himself he signed the cape in black felt tip with the inscription, “My Rookie Worn Sideline Cape. Best Wishes – Jim Otto “00” H.O.F. 1980.” Photo from signing also shown and included. It also includes a signed letter from Otto. As the franchise now warms up to Las Vegas, the jacket becomes more and more significant to acknowledge the toughness and keepsake of true Raider in a past era.
Authentication: JSA Auction House Letter, 100% Authentic Team & Jim Otto (Player) Letter, Photo From Signing.
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