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NY Giants HOFer Mel Hein Game-Worn Cleats (Duke Hott Collection)

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Exceedingly rare game-used hightops from Hall of Famer Melvin Hein, a two-way “iron man” and fixture at center and linebacker for the New York Giants for 15 seasons (1931-45), and one of the most durable players in NFL history. In the modern era of platooning and specialization, it’s almost unfathomable to think a player of Hein’s intensity could play every minute of every game across fifteen seasons. But he did – calling timeout only once in his entire career – for hasty repairs to a broken nose in 1941. Even in his final campaign at the age of 36, Mel was still playing every game from kickoff to the final gun. A perennial first-team All-NFL center and Giants team captain, he was also named the league’s MVP in 1938, a rare honor for a center. Offered are Hein’s spikes; serious gridiron footwear of the highest order, produced by legendary maker Spot O Bilt, they feature all-leather construction and hand-stitched details, “Spot O Bilt” tagging and accents, and like Mel, they were built to last. Dating to the late-30’s/early-40’s, action photos of Hein in his prime depict him wearing this exact model shoe. Of course they display tremendous use, but the burnished leather is still beautiful and supple – worn, but unscathed. And the quality of design and Spot O Bilt craftsmanship have insured these relics would survive wholly intact for sixty-plus years. For equipment junkies, these are manna from collectors’ heaven, projecting an essence and aura of history which is downright tangible. They are likely unique, and their equal… likely nonexistent. Needless to say, but of course we will, game-used pieces from a player of Hein’s stature and importance rarely, if ever, surface – unless, of course, the source is the celebrated Duke Hott Collection, a veritable Smithsonian of serious football memorabilia and history. Such is the pedigree of these relics, and they are beauties.

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Equipment,Football,Footwear,Game-Used,Game-Worn,New York Giants,NFL,Photo  Mel Hein

Auction End: 21-Jul-06  Post Views: 3388

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