Late ’60s Gale Sayers Game-Worn, Signed Chicago Bears Jersey (w/Team Repairs) COA 100% TeamGo Back
Winning Bid: $15,000.00
Winning Bid: $15,000.00
Auction ends: February 11, 2017 8:00 PM
Total price with Buyers Premium: $18,000.00
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Through the second half of the 20th Century, the Kansas Comet was as the most electrifying runner to grace the gridiron, and the Monsters of the Midway had the luxury of his services. The injuries not withstanding, his athletic gifts transcended the pastime, and fans came to the stadium just to see him, as others did for Teddy Ballgame, M.J., Mantle, Orr, Gretzky and not many others.
This jersey dates to the late ‘60s (but to exclude ’69, as explained by the absence of the NFL’s 50th Anniversary patch). Made by Wilson, the road jersey (far scarcer than the team’s home blues of the decade) is a cotton/nylon blend trimmed with a midnight navy collar, the traditional navy/orange/navy sleeve striping, and those circular, rounded font numerals in midnight navy and orange tackle twill. The numerals show ample softness and puckering, and seven repairs dot the shoulder and sleeve landscape. A Wilson size “46” label is straight-stitched to the lower left front tail, atop the seam edge. It should be noted that while Wilson was the primary supplier of Bears’ jerseys through much of the franchise’s history, the ‘60s were claimed by the local manufacturer, King O’Shea. (However, known non-star Wilson exemplars do exist for Bears jerseys of the late ‘60s.) Another anomaly is the relatively low positioning of the verso numerals – “relatively low” being the operative term. Usually, the top of the numerals were situated much closer to the major horizontal transverse seam. Consideration, though, must be given to the fact that Bears jerseys of the era had an extremely high seam placement (two inches from the collar line)…vis-à-vis most standard Rawlings and Sand Knit models, which ranged from 3-3/4” to 5-1/2”. While not the norm, the placements of numerals varied somewhat, and they are difficult to judge in that jerseys often “rode up” the shoulder pad ridge. Sayers signed the jersey boldly on the upper left shoulder, and again on the lower left front tail.
As pretty as they come, the material is the optimal blend and the aging to a creamy off-white is reminiscent of a vintage late ‘60s home flannel after nearly 40 years of retirement. The Kansas Comet lives on in Bears splendor.
This jersey comes directly from the renowned collector and authenticator Bob Case. In addition, it has a Mears Hologram grading it an A-10.
Authentication: 100% Authentic Team, PSA-DNA Certification Label, PSA-DNA Full Letter.
4 = Positive direct match on all tags
1 = Style Match
2 = Appears used, unwashed or un-reconditioned -right off the field
2 = 2 or more modifications or attributes designed for/by player
3 = Team Organization, Player Letter
5 = Wear with up to 10 repairs -or great use