Lot 256. 3 Signed Eliot Asinof Football Books – A Week with the NY Giants and 2 Mysteries. Widely recognized for his book “Eight Men Out” on the 1919 World Series scandal, Asinof placed a gem mint 10 autograph in each of the three hardback books. In “Seven Days to Sunday,” Asinof details a 1967 crisis week with the faltering football Giants led by coach Allie Sherman and quarterback Fran Tarkenton. He wrote the book to provide an inside perspective on pro football after spending considerable time over two years with the team’s players, coaches and executives. The 1968 book, a stated first printing, is ex-m+, and the dust jacket, ex. “The Name of the Game is Murder” is a 1968 work of fiction with a homicide detective committed to solving the murder of an NFL coach he admired. The book is nm with a partially removed price sticker on the flyleaf; the dust jacket is g-vg with four small areas of paper loss on the spine or back. In “Say It Ain’t So, Gordon Littlefield,” a man wronged by an NFL seeks revenge by fixing the Super Bowl featuring the owner’s team. The 1977 stated first edition book is ex-m+ with a vg-ex dust jacket. Asinof autographed the title page of two books, and the dedication page of “The Name of the Game is Murder.” He died in 2008. PSA/DNA Pre-Certified.
Minimum Bid $20
Lot 258. Ted Hendricks Gem Mint 10 Signature on a Baltimore Colts Mini-Helmet. The Hall of Fame linebacker launched his pro career with the Colts in 1969, spent 1974 in Green Bay and then played for the Oakland or Los Angeles Raiders 1975-83. Hendricks autographed a mint Riddell helmet and added “HOF ‘90” below his signature. Highlights of his career include a Super Bowl win with the Colts and three more with the Raiders, and selection for the All-Pro first team four times and the Pro Bowl eight. He was named to the NFL 100th Anniversary All-Time Team. On its 1999 list of Football’s 100 Greatest Players, “The Sporting News” ranked him 64th. Hendricks also had a College Hall of Fame career at the University of Miami, where he was the 1968 UPI Lineman of the Year. PSA/DNA Pre-Certified.
Winning Bid $40
Lot 259. Sonny Jurgensen Signed 1965-69 Style Washington Redskins Riddell Mini-Helmet. Gem mint 10 silver signature with “HOF ‘83” below on the gem mint 10 helmet. The Pro Football Hall of Fame welcomed the star quarterback after a career that spanned 1957-74 with the Eagles and Redskins. He was a first-team All-Pro in 1961, a five-time Pro Bowl selection, five-time NFL passing yards leader and two-time passing touchdowns leader. He led the league in passer rating in 1967 and completion percentage in 1970. After he retired in 1974, Jurgensen began a long broadcasting career, much of it covering the Redskins. His Hall of Fame induction occurred in 1983. PSA/DNA Pre-Certified.
Winning Bid $113
Lot 260. Bob Lilly Autographed Dallas Cowboys Replica Jersey – PSA/DNA and JSA Authentication. Lilly’s signature is gem mint 10 on a number on the back of the mint jersey. Below it, he added “HOF ’80.” Accompanying the autograph is JSA Certificate WPP602132 and a Collectible Classics Letter of Authenticity stating it has been PSA/DNA Pre-Certified. . “Mr. Cowboy” was inducted into the Pro Hall of Fame in 1980, and the College HoF, in 1981. In 14 seasons with the Cowboys, he made the Pro Bowl roster 11 times and was a first-team All-Pro seven times. He was named to the NFL’s 1960s and 1970s All-Decade Teams and to the 75th and 100th Anniversary All-Time Teams. Lilly was 10th on “The Sporting News” 1999 list of Football’s 100 Greatest Players.
Minimum Bid $75
Lot 261. Chad Pennington Autographed New York Jets Mini-Helmet. Pennington was the Jets’ quarterback for eight seasons, from 2000-07. For the final three seasons of his NFL career, he played for Miami. When he retired, he held the NFL record for completion percentage. During his career, he led the NFL in completion percentage in 2002 and 2008 and, in both seasons, was named the league’s Comeback Player of the Year. In 2002, he had the NFL’s best passer rating. At Marshall University in 1999, he had an outstanding senior season; he was named the Mid-American Conference’s MVP and Offensive Player of the Year and earned the Sammy Baugh and William V. Campbell Trophies. He finished fifth in Heisman voting. Pennington placed a gem mint 10 autograph on a mint Riddle mini-helmet. PSA/DNA Pre-Certified.
Winning Bid $20
Lot 262. Mini-Helmet Signed by Philadelphia Eagles HoF End Pete Pihos. All-American honors at Indiana University in 1942, 1943 and 1945 earned Pihos a place in the College Hall of Fame. His college career was interrupted World War II. Serving in the U.S. Army’s 35th Infantry Division under George S. Patton, he received a battlefield commission as a second lieutenant and was awarded the Bronze Star and Silver Star for bravery. After college, in nine seasons as an end with Philadelphia, he helped the Eagles to win NFL championships in 1948 and 1949 and was selected six times for the Pro Bowl and as a first-team All-Pro. He led the NFL in receptions three times, in receiving yards twice and was the co-leader in touchdown receptions in 1953. He was named to the NFL 1940s All-Decade Team and inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1970. Pihos’ autograph is gem mint 10 on an Eagles nm-m mini-helmet by Riddle. He added “HOF ‘70’” below his signature. Pihos died in 2011. PSA/DNA Pre-Certified.
Winning Bid $25
Lot 263. Nick Saban Gem Mint 10 Autograph on a Michigan State T-Shirt with 2 More MSU Items. Among the top head coaches in college football history, Saban has led seven teams to national titles – LSU in 2003 and Alabama in 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017 and 2020. He ranks among the top 15 college coaches in career victories, and his winning percentage is the best among Division 1 coaches. Saban’s green sharpie autograph stands out boldly on the white background of the green and white Michigan State T-shirt, which is mint. Accompanying Saban’s autograph is a 1.5” coin declaring the 1965 Spartan football team National Champions and a 3.5” color pin doing the same for the 1978-79 basketball team. The ex-m coin has the team’s regular-season 10-0 results on the back. Led by coach Duffy Daugherty, the team finished atop of the AP poll but fell to No. 2 after losing to UCLA in the 1966 Rose Bowl. Led by Magic Johnson, Greg Kelser and Jay Vincent, the 1978-79 basketball team won the NCAA Tournament to earn the Spartans’ their first national basketball championship. The pin is nm-m. PSA/DNA Pre-Certified.
Minimum Bid $50
Lot 264. Ryan Tannehill Signed Texas A&M Replica Football Jersey – PSA/DNA and Beckett Authentication. The starting quarterback for the Tennessee Titans since 2019, Tannehill was a top receiver for the Aggies during his freshman and sophomore seasons. He moved to quarterback as a junior and was drafted as a quarterback by Miami in 2012. After the Dolphins traded him to Tennessee for the 2019 season, he became the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year. He made the Pro Bowl and had the NFL’s best passer rating. In 2021, he led the Titans to a second consecutive AFC South title for the first time in the team’s history. His autograph is gem mint 10 on a number on the back of the mint jersey. It comes with Beckett Certificate of Authenticity V43940 and a Collectible Classics Letter of Authenticity stating it has been PSA/DNA Pre-Certified. .
Minimum Bid $35
Lot 265. Y.A. Tittle Autographed New York Giants Replica Jersey Pre-Certified by PSA/DNA. Tittle placed a gem mint 10 signature on a number on the back of the jersey and added “H.O.F. 71.” The autograph comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from GT Sports Marketing and a Collectible Classics Letter of Authenticity stating it has been PSA/DNA Pre-Certified. . The mint jersey is from Darby Sports Uniforms. Tittle was the NFL’s MVP in 1963, a three-time first-team All-Pro and a seven-time Pro Bowl selection. He led the league in touchdown passes three times and in completion percentage twice. Tittle died in 2017.
Minimum Bid $75
Lot 266. 1957 Check Signed by George Trafton, Pro Football Hall of Fame and 1920s All-Decade Team Center. He also was a football coach, boxer and boxing manager. Trafton’s NFL career spanned 1920-21 for the Decatur Staleys and 1923-32 for the Chicago Bears. He played on two NFL championship teams and was a six-time All-Pro. Red Grange called him the “meanest, toughest player alive.” In the 1940s, he served as a line coach for the Packers and then the Rams. In 1964, Trafton was part of the second class inducted into the Hall of Fame. He died in 1971. His autograph, uncommon on anything, is large, bold and nm-m 8 to mint 9 on a check for the real estate and property management business he operated. PSA/DNA Pre-Certified.
Minimum Bid $50
Lot 267. Charley Trippi Autographed Mini-Helmet with “HOF68” Added. Trippi’s gem mint 10 signature is on a mint Riddell mini-helmet with a Cardinals logo. The autograph has been PSA/DNA Pre-Certified. From 1947-55, Trippi was primarily a running back with the Chicago Cardinals, which moved to St. Louis in 1960 and then to the Phoenix area in 1988. He is in both the College (played for Georgia) and Pro Football Halls of Fame. In 1947 as a rookie, he contributed to the Cardinals’ NFL championship by leading the team’s “Million Dollar Backfield.” He was a first-team All-Pro in 1947, a Pro Bowl selection twice and a member of the NFL’s 1940s All-Decade Team. A versatile athlete, he also played quarterback and defensive back, punted, returned kicks and was good at catching passes. When he retired, he held the NFL record for total offense. Trippi died in Oct. 2022 at the age of 100.
Winning Bid $20
Lot 268. 18 Checks Signed by Pro or College Hall of Fame Members – Bell, Jordan, Rozelle, Trafton, Etc. Two of the signers are former NFL Commissioners, and both are in the Pro HoF – (Bert) de Benneville Bell (1946-59) and Pete Rozelle (1960-89). Five checks are autographed by players in both the Pro and College Halls of Fame: Sam Baugh, Charles P. Bednarik. R. David Robinson, Joseph Schmidt and Charley Trippi. One player is in only the College HoF: Charley Conerly Jr. And the rest are enshrined at Canton: Herb A. Adderley, Roosevelt Brown Jr., Henry W. Jordan, Ron Mix, Lenny Moore, Ernie Stautner, Hank Stram, George E. Trafton, Robert Waterfield and Willie Wood. All but Bell (Philadelphia Eagles 1937 check) and Rozelle (NFL check) signed personal checks. All signed on the check front. The signatures are nm-m 8 and better. Processing stamps slightly impinge on the Baugh, Adderley and Waterfield autographs. Only four of these signers are living: Mix, Moore, Robinson and Schmidt. PSA/DNA Pre-Certified.
Winning Bid $294
Lot 269. Autographs of 16 NFL Players – 4 HoFers – and 2 Coaches. Autographs are mint 9 or gem mint 10, unless otherwise noted, on various types of photos. The Hall of Fame players are: Bob Lilly on an 8” x 10” color photo, and he added “Cowboys HOF ’80”; Lilly was 10th on “The Sporting News” 1999 list of Football’s 100 Greatest Players. George Musso (died 2000) on an 8” x 10” b&w action photo; he was a star lineman for the Chicago Bears 1933-44. Andre Reed, nm-m 8 to mint 9 on a 3.25” x 5” color photo; a seven-time Pro Bowl selection at wide receiver for the Buffalo Bills, he is 15th on the NFL list for career touchdown receptions. Jan Stenerud, 8” x 10” b&w photo, signature personalized to Wendi; he was the first placekicker-only inducted into the HoF. Six autographs are nm-m 8 or better on 2.5” x 3.5” color photos of the players’ 1980 Topps cards. Among them is Joe Washington, a member of the College HoF. The others are Billy Brooks, Joe Fields, Steve Schubert, Jeff Van Note and David Whitehurst. Jim McMahon, another College HoF members, signed a 3.75” x 6” color photo, and Steve DeBerg, a 3.5” x 5” color photo. Three autographs are on 8” x 10” b&w photos: Russ Francis; David Humm (died 2018), signature personalized to Frank & Theresa; and Dave Kocourek (died 2013), signature personalized to Wendi; a tight end for the Chargers and Raiders, he is the only player to appear in seven AFL Championship Games. Jack Kemp (died 2009), the Buffalo Bills quarterback, placed his signature, personalized to Pam, on an 8” x 10” color photo that has him in his U.S. House of Representative uniform. The two coaches autographed 8” x 10” color photos - Matt Nagy, who played in the Arena Football League for six seasons, served as Bears head coach 2018-21, and was the Pro Football Writers of America and AP 2018 NFL Coach of the Year. And Freddie Kitchens, Browns head coach 2019, and assistant coach for several NFL teams; his personalized signature is across his face. PSA/DNA Pre-Certified.
Minimum Bid $50
Lot 270. 12 Football Autographs – Thomas, Law, Reed, Johnson, Gatski, Kilmer, Etc. Three of these signers are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, four are in the College Hall of Fame, and two are in both. Jimmy Johnson was inducted College HoF for his coaching success at the University of Miami and to the Pro HoF for leading the Dallas Cowboys to two Super Bowl championships. His autograph is gem mint 10 on 1991 Pro Set card #135. Thurman Thomas was a two-time All-American running back at Oklahoma State and a five-time All-Pro for the Buffalo Bills. In 1991, he was the NFL Offensive Player of the Year and MVP. His autograph is mint 9 to gem mint 10 on a 1990 Pro Set card. He was inducted into the Pro HoF in 2007, and the College HoF in 2008. The other autographs, unless otherwise noted, are mint 9 or gem mint 10. The Pro HoF stars are Frank Gatski, Cleveland Browns center who signed a 5” x &” lithographed photo that shows him with Otto Graham and other members of the Browns’ 1950 starting offense; Ty Law, cornerback primarily with New England, on a 1996 Collector’s Choice card; and Andre Reed, Buffalo wide receiver, on a 1990 Pro Set card. The four College HoF players are John Cappelletti, running back for Penn State and the Rams and Chargers, on a 1978 Topps card; Bill Kilmer, UCLA, 49ers, Saints and Redskins quarterback, 1974 Topps card; Greg Pruitt, Oklahoma, Browns and Raiders running back, 1977 Topps card; and Randy Gradishar, middle linebacker for Ohio State and the Broncos, on a 5.5” x 8.5” mini-poster 1981 card. The three other autographs are by Dan Doornink, Giants and Seahawks running back, on his 1979 Topps rookie card; Ed (Too Tall) Jones, Cowboys defensive end, nm-m 8 on a 1990 Pro Set card; and Herman Moore, Lions wide receiver on a 2006 Upper Deck Legends card. PSA/DNA Pre-Certified.
Winning Bid $61