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Extremely Substantial Near-Complete Heisman Trophy Winners Signature Collection with Ernie Davis (65 items, 218 signatures)
Starting Bid - $500.00 , Sold For - $3,818.75
The Heisman Trophy, which is awarded annually to the top college football player in America, is one of the most prestigious awards in all of sports. To date, seventy-one players have received the Heisman trophy (it was first awarded in 1935), with only Archie Griffin having won the award twice. Offered here is an amazing collection that features at least one signature example of sixty-eight different former Heisman Trophy winners including the extremely rare signature of Ernie Davis. Davis won the award in 1961, but very soon after was diagnosed with leukemia. He passed away just two years later, in 1963. The only signatures not featured within this grouping are those of Nile Kinnick (only a few examples known), Vinny Testaverde, and Troy Smith. The collection is comprised of two multi-signed footballs, a multi-signed helmet, thirty-nine signed photos, fifteen signed sports cards, and eight miscellaneous signed pieces. 1) Signed Football (54 signatures). Commemorative Heisman Trophy football (Wilson), with three white signature panels, signed in either blue or black marker ("8" to "10," with the exception of Beban, "6") by fifty-four former recipients: Berwanger, Kelley, Bertelli, Blanchard, Davis, Lujack, D. Walker, Hart, Kazmaier, Lattner, Cassady, Hornung, Crow, Dawkins, Cannon, Bellino, Baker, Staubach, Garrett, Spurrier, Beban, Simpson, Owens, Plunkett, Sullivan, Rodgers, Cappelletti, Griffin, Dorsett, Campbell, Sims, C. White, Rogers, Allen, H. Walker, Rozier, Flutie, Jackson, Brown, Sanders, Ware, Detmer, Howard, Torreta, Ward, Salaam, George, Woodson, Williams, Dayne, Couch, J. White, Lienart, and Bush. 2) Signed Football (44 signatures). Commemorative Heisman Trophy football (Baden), with three white signature panels, signed in black marker ("9/10") by forty-three former recipients: Berwanger, Blanchard, G. Davis, Kazmaier, Lattner, Cassady, Hornung, Crow, Dawkins, Cannon, Bellino, Baker, Garrett, Beban, Simpson, Owens, Sullivan (twice), Rodgers, Cappelletti, Griffin, Campbell, Sims, C. White, Rogers, Allen, H. Walker, Rozier, Jackson, Brown, Sanders, Ware, Detmer, Torreta, Ward, Salaam, George, Woodson, Williams, Dayne, Couch, J. White, Lienart, and Bush. Aside from some very minor bleeding to a few of the signatures, the ball is in Nr-Mt condition. 3) Signed Helmet (41 signatures). Black commemorative football helmet (Riddell VSR-4, size Large), featuring a Heisman Trophy emblem on each side, signed in gold paint pen ("9/10") by forty former recipients: Berwanger, Blanchard, G. Davis, Hart, Lattner, Cassady, Hornung, Crow, Dawkins, Cannon (twice), Bellino, Baker, Beban, Simpson, Owens, Plunkett, Sullivan, Rodgers, Griffin, Dorsett, Campbell, Sims, C. White, Rogers, Walker, Rozier, Jackson, Sanders, Ware, Detmer, Howard, Torreta, Ward, George, Woodson, Williams, Dayne, Couch, J. White, and Bush. Mt. 4) Signed Photos (39): Collection of both color and black-and-white signed photos penned in a variety of inks. Unless otherwise noted, all of the photos measure 8 x 10 inches and the signatures grade "9/10." The Heisman winners represented here are Allen, Beban, Bellino, Bertelli, Berwanger, Blanchard, Brown, Campbell, Cannon, Cassady, Crow, G. Davis, Dawkins (7 x 9.75 inches), Detmer, Dorsett, George, Griffin, Harmon (5 x 7 inches, personalized), Hart, Hornung, Howard, Jackson, Janowicz, Lujack, Lattner, Owens, Plunkett, Rodgers, Rogers (two photos), Rozier, Salaam, Sims, Sullivan, Toretta, D. Walker, H. Walker, Ware, and C. White. The photos are in overall Nr-Mt condition. 5) Signed Football Cards (15): The cards have all been signed on the front in a variety of inks (grading "9/10") and range in grade from Ex to Nr-Mt. All of the cards are modern-day issues (1980s or later) with the exception of Ameche (1956 Topps Football #12), Cannon (1960 Fleer Football #66), and O'Brien (1955 Topps All-American Football #34). Ward has signed a basketball card, while Weinke has signed a baseball card. The players represented here are Ameche, Cannon, Detmer, Huarte, Kazmaier, O'Brien, Plunkett, Sanders, Staubach, Vessels, D. Walker, H. Walker, Ward, Weinke, and Wuerffel. 6) Single-Signed Miscellaneous Items (6): O'Brien (in blue ink, "10," on a lined index card), Janowicz ( in black marker, "10," on an unlined index card), Ernie Davis (in blue ink "10," on the interior of a 1961 Heisman Trophy Presentation Ceremonies program, which was the year Davis won the award.), Palmer (in black marker, "10," on the interior of a 2002 Heisman Trophy Presentation Ceremonies program, which was the year Palmer won the award), Sinkwich (in vintage blue ink, "9," on a magazine photo), Bruce Smith (in blue ink, "9," on a small cut, matted together with a photo of Smith). All of the items are in Ex condition or better. 7) Multi-Signed Miscellaneous Items (2): 1) 1969 Intercollegiate Football first-day cover signed on the front in either blue or black ink ("10") by Berwanger, Frank, Horvath, Blanchard, Lujack, and G. Davis. Ex-Mt. 2) Lined index card (6 x 4 inches) signed in a variety of inks ("10") by thirteen former All-American College football players, including Frank, Cassady, D. Walker, and Blanchard. Ex-Mt. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Total: 65 signed items. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $3,818.75
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