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1963 AFL Championship Game-Used Football (from Sid Gillman’s Family) w/Family Letter

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The 1963 AFL Championship game at Balboa Stadium in San Diego was supposed to be a standoff between the rugged defense of the East champions, Boston Patriots, and the aerial circus of Sid Gillman’s San Diego Chargers. The Chargers had won both of their closely-contested regular season meetings, 17-13 and 7-6, but on January 5, 1964, the day belonged to Sid and the Chargers offense. Rolling up an unheard of 610 total yards, the Bolts destroyed Boston 51-10.
So dominating was the club’s offense, and so tenacious was the defense that most pro football scribes firmly believed that ’63 Chargers team would have demolished the ’63 NFL champion Bears. Alas, we’ll never know because the Super Bowl had yet to be born, but this game did more to make the Super Bowl a 1967 reality than any board room meeting or series of executive phone calls.

This Spalding-made football, emblazoned with the AFL logo and Commissioner Joe Foss’ simulated signature, was presented to Coach Gillman, and stenciled on its surface is the declaration:

1963 AFL Championship
San Diego 51 Boston 10

The football is in excellent condition and contains approximately 15 signatures. Boldly legible are Lance Alworth, Cotton Davidson and Tobin Rote; of acceptable strength are Earl Faison, Ernie Ladd; and projecting lightly are Emil Karris, Keith Lincoln, Archie Matsos, Dave Grayson and Chuck Allen. It’s interesting that non-Charger AFL greats like Grayson, Davidson, and Archie Matsos are present and many Chargers aren’t. The fact that those three were in San Diego for the AFL All-Star game two weeks after the big win against Boston suggests that they attended an event honoring Sid when he was presented the game ball. Sourced from the Gillman family, it represents HOFer Sid Gillman’s quintessential AFL win and it is eminently displayable. Salute pro football’s greatest team in 1963 – the AFL Sid Gillman-led Chargers.

100% Authentic Team, Family Letter

1963,1964,1967,Championship,Football,Game-Used,Letter,NFL,Stadium,Super Bowl  Archie Matsos,Chuck Allen,Dave Grayson,Keith Lincoln,Lance Alworth,Sid Gillman,Sid Gillmans

Auction End: 13-Feb-07  Post Views: 5404

Price; $0.00 – $4,283.00




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