Pittsburgh Steelers Memorabilia – 2 Swann Autographs, Programs, Tickets – and a Coin.
Lot 444. Pittsburgh Steelers Memorabilia – 2 Swann Autographs, Programs, Tickets – and a Coin. Lynn Swann, the Hall of Fame wide receiver, placed a mint 9 signature on the back of a 3.5” x 6.5” ticket from the 1999 Mario Lemieux Celebrity Invitational Golf Tournament. The ticket has creases that do not affect the presentation of the autograph. Above his signature, he wrote “Peace!” Swann also signed a page in the program for the event. This autograph is nm-m 8 to mint 9. Swann is in the Pro and College Football Halls of Fame. A third autograph is by John Banaszak, a solid performer at defensive end for the Steelers from 1975-81. The Defensive Player of the Game in Super Bowl XIII, he signed an NFL educational brochure above his image. The autograph is mint 9; the brochure is folded horizontally and has multiple creases. The autograph displays very nicely. Eight of the nine other items are for the Steelers’ final game at Three Rivers Stadium on Dec. 16, 2000, or their first game at Heinz Field on Oct. 7, 2001. Two programs for the closing game against the Washington Redskins are ex to ex-m, while one ticket is vg-ex, and the other is ex. In the inaugural game at Heinz Field, the Steelers defeated the Bengals, 16-7. A program for the game is ex-m+; one ticket is vg-ex, and another is ex. An Inaugural Season coin accompanies the program and tickets. It and the surrounding holder are nm-m to mint. The coin was created for distribution at what was supposed to be the Steelers’ first Heinz Field game – on Sept. 16 vs. Cleveland. That game and all NFL games that day were postponed because of the Sept. 11 attacks in the U.S. by Islamic extremists. This collection also includes a 2005 Steelers yearbook, which pictures Heath Miller, the Steelers’ best draft pick of the season, and Nate Washington, signed as an undrafted free agent. The 2005 Steelers, with Ben Roethlisberger at quarterback, won Super Bowl XL. The 184-publication is nm-m. Winning Bid $83.