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1970s/80s Charlie Sanders Game-Worn, Signed Pro Bowl Helmet

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1970s/80s Charlie Sanders Game-Worn, Signed Pro Bowl Helmet

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A most recent and deserving addition to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, “Charlie Deep,” as he was affectionately known, revolutionized the tight end position in the 1970s. At 6’ 4”, 225 lbs., he could block, go over the middle, and go deep – all with the flair and agility of a wide receiver. This helmet is from his seventh and last Pro Bowl appearance on January 26, 1976 at the Louisiana Superdome. In fact, the helmet was used in the Lions’ regular season games in 1975 when he tallied 37 catches. For Pro Bowls in the 1970s, an NFC player’s season-long helmet was painted white, striping applied, and serif blocked, 3-1/2-inch, two-color “N” logos were applied to the side panels. The paint job was quick and shoddy, meant to fulfill single-game use. So, still visible beneath some paint chips are traces of Lions’ silver. On the lower back, the outline of the Lions’ “88” numeric identifier (Charlie’s uniform number) are clearly visible. The interior has Riddell’s twelve-point suspension with custom leather side panels. A Riddell TK-2 sticker is affixed to the upper crown, as is a NOCSAE standards “approval” sticker. The crown donut is missing, but a pair of well-worn leather pads remain intact. A “75” timeclock is stamped above the right ear hole, and beneath it sits a bold markered identifier, “SANDERS.” An OPO gray mask clings for its life against the outer shell with the original gray top clips in tatters and two side clips dated a later period (“92”) holding the mask in place. Make no mistake about it and ask anyone who followed the NFL in the ‘60s and ’70s – this guy could PLAY, play with style, and he single-handedly revolutionized the tight end position. The helmet is beautifully signed above the “N” on the right side.

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