Lot 434. Marcus Allen Mint 9 Autograph on an 8” x 10” Color Action Photo. “The Sporting News” rated him 72nd on its 20th century “Football’s Greatest Players” list. After starring at USC, Allen was a six-time Pro Bowler for the Los Angeles Raiders or Kansas City Chiefs. Among his many awards are the Heisman Trophy and Maxwell Award at USC in 1981; he was the NFL MVP and Offensive Player of the Year in 1986 and the Super Bowl XVII MVP in 1983. Regarded as one of the best short-yardage and goal line runners in NFL history, he is also the NFL’s first 10,000/5,000 man – 12,243 yards rushing and 5,411 receiving. And he scored 145 touchdowns, second only to Jerry Rice. Of course, he is a member of both the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame.
Winning Bid $30
Lot 435. Alan Ameche – 1954 Heisman Trophy Winner - Vintage-Signed Photo Postcard. A member of College Football Hall of Fame, Ameche was the NFL’s 1955 Rookie of the Year at fullback for the Baltimore Colts. In each of his first four NFL seasons, he was selected for the Pro Bowl. He is recognized also for scoring the winning touchdown in overtime in “The Greatest Game Ever Played,” the 1958 NFL Championship Game between the Colts and New York Giants. An Achilles tendon injury in Dec. 1960 prematurely ended his football career. He was named to the NFL’s 1950s All-Decade Team. Ameche was only 55 when he died in 1988. His autograph on the postcard with his photo is mint 9 to gem mint 10 and personalized with “Best of Luck, Bill.”
Winning Bid $92
Lot 436. Bear Bryant Autographed 3" x5" Unlined Card PSA/DNA Certified. This signature, in a PSA holder, is gem mint 10 on an unlined card with “Bear” offset printed. In 25 seasons as the head coach at Alabama, Bryant won six college national championships and 13 conference titles. When he retired in 1982, his 323 victories were the most ever by a college coach. He died in 1983. In 1986, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. MB $50.This signature, in a PSA holder, is gem mint 10 on an unlined card with “Bear” offset printed. In 25 seasons as the head coach at Alabama, Bryant won six college national championships and 13 conference titles. When he retired in 1982, his 323 victories were the most ever by a college coach. He died in 1983. In 1986, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Winning Bid $102
Lot 437. Uncommon Autograph of Charlie Caldwell, College Football HoF Coach, in His Very Scarce Book. After compiling a 254-177-6 record while coaching football, baseball and basketball at Williams College, Caldwell took on a rebuilding challenge as head football coach at Princeton, his alma mater, in 1945. As a Princeton student, Caldwell had served as president of his class and earned seven varsity letters in football, baseball and track. From 1949-52, his Princeton teams finished among the top 20 in the Associated Press rankings. In 1950 and 1951, his undefeated Tigers were ranked among the nation’s best six teams and won the Lambert Trophy as the No. 1 team in the East. From Oct. 1949 to Oct. 1952, the Tigers won 30 of 31 games. In 1951, despite having only one starter return, they outscored opponents, 310-82. In 1950, the American Football Coaches Association voted Caldwell “Coach of the Year.” Caldwell also managed to pitch in three Major League baseball games for the New York Yankees. He was only 55 when he died of cancer in 1957. With a career football coaching record of 146-67-9, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1961. He was recognized as a proponent – and by some, as the originator, of the modern single wing, which he continued to use successfully after the game became dominated by T-formation and multiple offenses. He was also respected as a coach who believed that education was more important than football. In fact, in “Modern Single Wing Football,” his book offered here, Caldwell wrote that: “From my standpoint football players are first college undergraduates and then football players. Consequently, coaching methods, or perhaps the philosophy of coaching, must be part of the total educational process.” Rarely available, the book is a stated first-edition hardback published by J. B. Lippincott in 1951. It grades vg+ to near fine with very small areas of minor wear on the cover and uneven toning on the end pages. The dust jacket is g-vg. Caldwell’s autograph is nm 7. It is strong and would grade higher except for uneven toning on the page, creating a darker background for “Charlie” than for “Caldwell.”
Winning Bid $100
Lot 438. Howard Cosell Autographed 8” x 10” Color Photo. Outspoken and controversial, Cosell is widely recognized for anchoring “Monday Night Football” on ABC TV from 1970 until his departure from the program in 1984. He is recognized also for his boxing descriptions and commentary and for his support of Muhammad Ali. In addition, he was part of ABC’s groundbreaking Olympics coverage in the 1960s. His awards include induction into the Television Hall of Fame. Cosell was 75 when he died in 1995. His autograph is mint 9 to gem mint 10.
Winning Bid $40
Lot 439. Mike Ditka PSA-Certified Autograph on the Cover of the July 20, 1998 “Sports Illustrated.” Ditka had a College Hall of Fame career at Pitt followed by a Pro Hall of Fame career at tight end for the Chicago Bears. He was the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 1961 and, in 1999, one of only three tight ends chosen for “The Sporting News” list of Football’s 100 Greatest Players. As a coach, he led the Bears to victory in Super Bowl XX and twice was the NFL’s Coach of the Year. His autograph is nm-m 8 with “H.O.F. 88” added. The magazine, which is complete, is vg-ex and has PSA-DNA label V7973 on the front cover. The relevant Certificate of Authenticity is included.
Winning Bid $25
Lot 440. Autographed Biography of Brady Keys, Jr., Pittsburgh Steelers Defensive Back. Published in 1999, “The Brady Keys, Jr. Story” is subtitled “Overcoming Adversity by Staying Within the Blessing.” Latrina M. Patrick wrote this inspirational book. Keys’ autograph, personalized to “Fred,” is mint 9 to gem mint 10 on the title page. The softcover book, a fourth printing, is vg+ to ex with 190 extensively illustrated ex-m pages. Keys played for the Steelers from 1961 -67 and had one Pro Bowl appearance. With support from Steelers’ owner Dan Rooney, he became the first black American to own a national fast food franchise, All Pro Fried Chicken, which was eventually bought out by Kentucky Fried Chicken. When he retired from the business in 2002, he owned 11 KFC franchises. Keys died in 2017.
Winning Bid $10
Lot 441. Bobby Layne Nicely Autographed Pro Football Hall of Fame 8” x 10” B&W Photo. An All-American quarterback at the University of Texas and a three-time NFL champion in Detroit, Layne is a member of the Pro and College Football Halls of Fame. He also was an excellent pitcher for the Longhorns and set numerous university and Southwest Conference records. He helped the Lions to capture NFL titles in 1952, 1953 and 1957. “The Sporting News” rated him 52nd among Football’s 100 Greatest Players. Layne was the first quarterback to master the two-minute drill. Teammate Doak Walker called him “the greatest two-minute quarterback ever.” He died in 1986. His autograph is mint 9 on an nm-m photo.
Winning Bid $121
Lot 442. Nick Pietrosante Autograph and the Nov. 10, 1962 “Sports Illustrated” with His Image. The autograph of the Notre Dame and NFL star fullback is mint 9 to gem mint 10 on an unlined index card. Frank Mullins created the “SI” cover art. A magazine and book illustrator and reporter-artist who combined bold colors with an impressionist style, Mullins (1924-78) helped to shape the image and style of “Sports Illustrated” in the mid to late-1960s with his color illustrations. The magazine is ex with a mailing label. Pietrosante was a first-team All-American at Notre Dame in 1958 and, with the Detroit Lions, the NFL Rookie of the Year in 1959 and a two-time Pro Bowl selection. With Detroit from 1959-65, he rushed for 3,933 yards, a team record. After the 1965 season, the Lions released him, and he saw limited action in two seasons with Cleveland. He retired at age 30 and succumbed to cancer at the age of 50 in 1988. As the “SI” cover indicates, Pietrosante was regarded as “the complete fullback.” He was a fan favorite in South Bend and Detroit. His autograph is relatively difficult to find, and this example is extremely strong.
Minimum Bid $35
Lot 443. Pete Rozelle Signed NFL Check and 4 Additional NFL Checks. With Rozelle as Commissioner from 1960-89, the National Football League became one of the world’s most successful sports leagues. Under his leadership, the 1970 merger of the NFL and AFL led to the establishment of the Super Bowl. Rozelle’s autograph is nm-m 8 to mint 9 on a 1967 check. A bank’s stamp in red is present with the signature. Four other checks signed in 1967 or 1968 by other NFL administrators are included. Rozelle was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985. He died in 1996.
Winning Bid $61
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
Lot 445. Fran Tarkenton Large, Bold Autograph on an 8” x 10” Color Action Photo. Below his signature, Tarkenton added “HoF 86.” In 18 pro seasons, Tarkenton was a Pro Bowl selection at quarterback nine times for the Minnesota Vikings or New York Giants. In 1975, he was the NFL’s MVP and Offensive Player of the Year. In 1999, “The Sporting News” ranked him 59th on its list of 100 greatest football players of the 20th century. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1986, and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1987. His Sharpie signature is gem mint 10.
Winning Bid $20
Lot 446. Y. A. Tittle Boldly Signed B&W 11” x 14” Iconic Photo by Morris Berman. The photo by the “Pittsburgh Post-Gazette” photographer captures the bloodied, dazed and dejected New York Giants quarterback on his knees in a Sept. 1964 game against the Steelers in Pittsburgh. On a play that resulted in an interception returned for a touchdown, Tittle had just suffered a concussion and a cracked sternum. Pittsburgh won the game, 27-24. The signature Tittle placed on the nm-m photo is large and gem mint 10. He had a Hall of Fame career with the San Francisco Giants before being traded to the Giants in 1961. Tittle retired after the 1964 season. With Jim Brown, Andy Robustelli, Norm Van Brocklin and the late Vice Lombardi, Tittle was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1971. He died in 2017.
Winning Bid $30
Lot 447. 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.
Winning Bid $75
Lot 448. Autograph – and Grammar Lesson – from Bill Wade, LA Rams and Chicago Bears QB. A two-time Pro Bowl selection, Wade led the Chicago Bears to the NFL championship in 1963. In the title game, he scored both touchdowns in a 14-10 win over the New York Giants. In 1958, he led the league in passing yards; in 1961, in passer rating, and in 1962, in passing completions and attempts. Wade’s autograph is mint 9 to gem mint 10 at the close of a note that covers both sides of an informational index card. In requesting the autograph, the writer concluded a sentence with the preposition “at.” Wade wrote the following in response: “May I call your attention to your improper English in your mimeographed letter – 4th paragraph – 3rd line – ‘where I could reach him at.’ ‘At’ is improper – and I am sure you don’t want to send any more letters with such a glaring error.” After football, Wade participated in the banking industry in Nashville, his home town. At Wade’s passing in 2016, Bears lineman Ed O’Bradovich described his teammate as “a very serious person.... Very studious. Wonderful man.”
Minimum Bid $20