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O.J. Simpson Team-Issued Helmet Signed 49ers – COA JSA & 100% Authentic Team
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Before the 1978 season, the Bills traded O.J. Simpson to his hometown San Francisco 49ers for a series of draft picks. Simpson played in San Francisco for two seasons, rushing for 1,053 yards and four touchdowns. His final NFL game was on December 16, 1979, a 31–21 loss to the Atlanta Falcons at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. His final play was a 10-yard run on 3rd and 10 for a first down.
Presented is an original San Francisco 49ers team-issued helmet. According to the coding, this one was prepared for O.J. but not worn. It features a classic Riddell 49ers shell, and made properly during his time there between 1978-80. The back features the OJ2201 code, 7-7/8 size and 678. The Wilson logo is on the opposite side. It features the classic red/white SF decal logo on the sides and red white striping down the center. The helmet was issued to the team but no holes were drilled for a facemask so it wasn’t worn. The interior also has team coding stamped. For purposes of posterity, it is also important to note the helmet has some scrapes and aged padding in the interior. For added value, it was autographed across the entire panel by Simpson in black felt tip (“8”). Overall, a great representation of a late ’70’s 49ers game helmet that was issued to one of the best running backs to ever play the game.
This helmet originated from the Norb Hecker estate. When Bill Walsh was hired as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers in 1979, Hecker came along as an assistant coach. After struggling for two seasons, the 49ers stunned the NFL by winning the championship in 1981, capping their turnaround season with a 26–21 win over the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl XVI. San Francisco would go on to win three more Super Bowls, with Hecker eventually moving into a front office position until his retirement in 1991.
Authentication: JSA Auction House Letter & 100% Authentic Team
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