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1960-1963 Jim Taylor Green Bay Packers Game-Used Road Jersey
Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $7,638
Green Bay Packers road jersey, dating to the early 1960s, worn by Hall of Fame running back Jim Taylor. Graded A9 by MEARS. The fact that this is a road jersey is significant, as it directly relates to its unique provenance. Our consignor has had this jersey since 1973. At that time Yankee Stadium had just closed for an extensive three-year remodeling project and during the early days of renovation both workers and fans were busy salvaging whatever they could from the famed "House that Ruth Built." One day our consignor, a diehard Green Packers fan, received a call from a friend who was working at the stadium to tell him they found something he might be interested in. Discovered in one of the many storage rooms underneath the stadium were a small number of NFL football jerseys, including a Packers jersey (not surprising, since Yankee Stadium was also home to the New York Giants for many years). When our consignor (who is a noncollector) was given this jersey at Yankee Stadium on that day by his friend as a gift, he was ecstatic. He was all the more excited because he knew immediately that Jim Taylor, one of his heros, wore number "31." He pleaded with his friend to go back and see if any other Packers jerseys had been overlooked. He even gave him the uniform numbers to be on the look out for, but unfortunately this was the only Packers jersey found. Our consignor has always believed this to be the jersey worn by Taylor in the 1962 NFL Championship Game between Green Bay and the Giants, which was played at Yankee Stadium. While we will never know for certain, his reasoning is sound. The jersey is a road example found at Yankee Stadium. The 1962 championship game was the last time the Packers visited Yankee Stadium during Taylor's tenure with club. Also, no other player wore number "31" with the Packers until 1969, at which time the uniform would be easily distinguishable from this early 1960s version. If the jersey does not date from the 1962 title game, then how did it wind up in Yankee Stadium? Its possible title-game use notwithstanding, this is a phenomenal Jim Taylor game-used jersey in all respects. The dureen jersey features the number "31" on the front, reverse, and each sleeve. All numerals are appliquéd in green tackle twill. The manufacturer’s tag has been removed from the front left tail; however, the outline of the tag is easily visible. According to MEARS, the dimensions of the missing tag, as well as its location, matches the Red Fox tags that are found on other Green Bay Packers jerseys from the early 1960s. Despite the lack of a year tag on the jersey, its particular design, including color scheme, neck style (crew), sleeve length (full-length sleeves with elbow pad pockets), and number style, is consistent specifically with Packers jerseys dating to the 1960 to 1963 time period. The jersey is all original, displaying excessive wear throughout. This piece has been through a war! Numerous team repairs are evident on the front, reverse, and each sleeve. The collar is torn in front and a number of stains appear on the front and reverse. The number of repaired tears on this jersey is no surprise given Taylor's bruising running style. When Packer's coach Vince Lombardi was once asked how Taylor compared to legendary Browns running back Jim Brown he stated that "Jim Brown will give you that leg and then take it away from you. Jim Taylor will give it to you and then ram it through your chest!" And that's precisely what Taylor did, for ten NFL seasons, all but one of which was spent with the Green Bay Packers. Taylor joined the Packers in 1958, but saw limited duty his first year. It wasn't until 1959, with the arrival of Vince Lombardi and his "run to daylight" philosophy, that Taylor emerged as one of the game's top rushers. From 1960 through 1964 Taylor rushed for over 1,000 yards a season, including a League- and career-high 1,474 in 1962. He also scored a then-record nineteen rushing touchdowns in 1962, which helped earn him NFL Player of the Year honors at season's end. Taylor helped lead the Packers to four NFL Championships and one Super Bowl victory during his nine seasons with the club. He finished his career with 8,597 rushing yards and a total of ninety-three touchdowns. He was elected to the Football Hall of Fame in 1976. Graded A9 by MEARS (base grade of 10, but minus 1 point for the missing manufacturer’s tag). This is one of only five Jim Taylor Green Bay Packers jerseys listed in the MEARS census, only one of which dates earlier. LOA from Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000+. SOLD FOR $7,638
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