Press Release - April 6, 2007

Early 1950s Tom Landry Game-Worn Jersey to be Offered at Auction!

Dallas, TX: It's practically inconceivable to the legions of Dallas Cowboys fans that continue to worship at the altar of the Hall of Fame coach that Landry once suited up in the uniform of the hated New York Giants, but here we present tangible proof of that youthful gridiron indiscretion. This fantastic red durene gamer served the young defensive back who formed the famed Giants "Umbrella Defense" with Schnellbacher, Rowe and Tunnell. Landry's effectiveness is evident from the statistics, most notably his total of thirty-two interceptions in just eighty games of work. One must also note that it was with the Giants in 1956 that Landry entered the coaching profession as defensive coordinator (with Vince Lombardi his counterpart on offense). And the rest, as they say, is history.

This stylish long-sleeved red durene gamer will be instantly recognizable to collectors of early 1950's football cards, as the distinctively fonted number "49" found on chest and back here in white tackle twill is apparent on Landry's 1951 Bowman rookie and essentially every other issue from the era. The seven-inch height of the front numerals and nine-inch height of the rear are correct, as is the "Wilson [size] 42" tagging on interior tail.

Wear is consistent throughout, and particularly evident in the solid inner seam and collar line wear, though the piece remains eminently displayable. While most of its brethren were destroyed by postseason training sessions, this example was evidently spared from such punishment. The jersey derives from the collection of a former Dallas Cowboys employee who located the jersey in Landry's Mission, Texas hometown.

The Early 1950's Tom Landry Game Worn Jersey will be offered in Heritage Auction Galleries' upcoming May 5, 2007 Signature Auction to be held in Dallas, Texas.

Early 1950's Tom Landry Game Worn Jersey
ESTIMATE: $10,000 - $12,000

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