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1970 Bears Dick Butkus (First Year NOB Style) Game-Worn Blue Knit Jersey-Obtained from Virginia Halas McCaskey

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1970 Bears Dick Butkus (First Year NOB Style) Game-Worn Blue Knit Jersey-Obtained from Halas McCaskey

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Game Use & Grade Evalutaion: 10.

Stop the presses – the Monsters of the Midway are actually making head lines in February. It’s not Super Bowl hype, although Lovie Smith is headed in the right direction. No, it’s the greatest Dick Butkus game-used specimen ever offered at auction. This phenomonal jersey is a medium-weight cotton knit blend with embedded sleeve stripes, long sleeves and reinforced elliptical supports – all reeking of  gridiron beauty.

The classic two-colored numerals are dead-on with their uniquely-fonted round curves – appropriate for Bears jerseys dating back a half century. The  placement of the back numerals “51” (below the major horizontal transverse seam) defines this superb garment to the 1970 period. “BUTKUS” is sewn on in tackle twill with the white/orange lettering.  The lower-left front tail sports the “Kings O’Shea” 1970’s label, which is within the proper parameters for Butkus gamers.

The numerals demonstrate softness, fraying and puckering qualifying this jersey as heavily used.  In addition to numerous repairs appearing at the shoulders and upper arms, sleeves some of which have reinforced backing on the interior. There is just an incredible amount of use on this jersey.  Butkus may have played only nine NFL seasons, but he made eight Pro Bowls, the ‘All-Time NFL 75th Anniversary’ team, and is widely considered the most precious, if not greatest, defensive player of all time. An early ’70’s Butkus with name-on-back might approach this treasure aesthetically. But somehow, Butkus seems a figure of the ’60’s. We conger reveries of #51 in midnight navy and orange patrolling the trenches between the wide hash marks, exacting impact, with ferocity in his eyes… he was that dominant…and his #51 jersey is that beautiful.

This jersey came directly from the home of George and Virginia Mc Caskey.  It was a gift for the generosity and hard work of our seller to a kids foundation.  The seller recollects the day he received the jersey “I was helping the 1971 Maryville Acadamy Home for Needy Children Des Plaines IL.  The Priest sent me to McCaskey’s house and I went there .. and Virginia greeted me a the door with the whole family.  Virginia said you are doing great things for Maryville.  Here is a gift for you.  I got in the car and opened up the bag.. and it was Dick Butkus’ game worn jersey.   I will never forget that day.  I have cherished this jersey for over 30 years.  They also gave Maryille Academy a donation.  I have kept the jersey ever since.”

A notarized provenance letter will accompany this jersey. LOA !00% Authentic Team/ Willy Steinmiller-Jim O’Dell Assistant Equipment Manager for the Chicago Bears.

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Weight 3 lbs

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