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1989 Dan Marino Miami Dolphins Signed Game-Used Home Jersey
Starting Bid - $1,000.00 , Sold For - $4,112.50
Offered here is an extraordinary Dan Marino game jersey that is accompanied by the impeccable provenance of originating directly from the personal collection of former New England Patriots free safety Fred Marion. Graded a perfect A10 by MEARS. Ideally, Marion has provided a signed, handwritten letter attesting to its provenance that reads in full: “This Dan Marino game-worn jersey was given to me by Dan Marino after the Dolphins-Patriots game in Miami on December 10, 1989. I played safety for the Patriots in that game and Dan lit us up for 300 yds that day in a 31-10 victory, but I guess that happened to a lot of defensive backs over the course of his great career. The jersey has been in my possession since that day and was displayed in my bar along with his Pittsburgh [college] jersey for many years. It still has some visible mud stains on the right shoulder and sleeve area, I hope from a hit or sack and not from a first-down scramble. Sincerely Fred Marion [signed].” The aqua mesh jersey features the number “13” on the front, reverse, and each shoulder, and is lettered “Marino” on the reverse above the number. All numerals are silk screened in white and outlined in orange. All letters are silk screened in solid white. A Miami Dolphins team emblem appears on each sleeve. A “Wilson” exclusivity label, reading “Tailored Exclusively for Presige Teams by Wilson,” and adjacent “48” size tag appear on the left front tail. Marino has signed the jersey “Dan Marino 13” in black marker (“7”) on the reverse numeral “1.” Original and unaltered, the jersey displays light wear, including light soiling along the shoulders and sleeves as mentioned by Marion in his letter. The important provenance of this jersey, not to mention its date-specific use, makes this one of the finest Marino jerseys in existence. Marino passed for 3,997 yards and 24 touchdowns in 1989. Considered one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history, Marino retired in 1999 as the career leader in pass attempts (8,358), completions (4,967), passing yards (61,361), and touchdown passes (420). Although Brett Favre has just recently broken each of those records, Marino still holds the record for most passing yards in a season (5,084) and most games with 400 or more yards passing (13). He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2005. Graded A10 by MEARS (5 point base grade, plus 5 points for provenance). This is one of fourteen Dan Marino Jerseys listed in the MEARS population report and one of only three graded A10. This jersey has been consigned to this auction directly from the personal collection/inventory of world-renowned bat and jersey authenticator David Bushing. LOAs from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS and James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$4,000. SOLD FOR $4,112.50
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