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Press Release - April 6, 2006
Vince Young's Championship Season Longhorn Helmet to be Auctioned!
Dallas, Texas: "If you weren't a Vince Young fan before January 4, 2006, you certainly were afterwards," said Chris Ivy, Director of Sports Memorabilia Auctions for Dallas-based Heritage Auction Galleries. "The Texas quarterback's valiant come-from-behind victory against a USC team that most of the football world believed to be unbeatable offered the sort of athletic drama usually confined to Hollywood films and childhood fantasies. Whether or not the greatest hero in Texas football history can make the transition to the NFL or not, Vince Young Longhorns memorabilia will never lose its luster. With that in mind, we're pleased to present an authentic, game-used helmet from this incredible athlete."
"Although many game-used helmets exhibit wear, this example takes the abuse a step further," said Ivy. "In fact, a gash on the left shell of the helmet - one of many scars to be found - was deemed too severe for repair, so after the left Longhorn decal was replaced it served the remainder of the season as a back-up for the Horns' leader. But again, the tremendous wear, visible also in the 'Riddell VSR-4' interior padding, ensures several games' use during this most glorious of seasons. All of the little details that ensure authenticity are present and accounted for, with Young's chinstrap still cocooned in its black cloth cover, and the proper distribution of decals on front, sides and verso. Again we remind bidders that the 'Horns' decal over the facemask, and the State of Texas and 'Longhorns' decal on verso were never made available to the public, and could only be team-issued. Dots on the Texas map recount wins over Texas Tech, Baylor, Texas A&M, Rice, and - finally! - OU. The Big 12 Tenth Anniversary decal is placed just above. Young's number '10' decals straddle the center stripe of the helmet, with the American flag and warning stickers to the right. As is the case with the helmet worn during the previous season, also offered in this auction, we have been able to definitively photo match this example, with prints of the match included in this lot, along with a team letter, further solidifying the provenance."
The 2005 Vince Young Game Worn Helmet will be offered in Heritage's upcoming Sports Memorabilia Signature auction, to be held May 6, 2006 at their world headquarters, 3500 Maple Avenue, Dallas, Texas, 75219.
Estimate: $10,000 & up
For more information about Heritage's auctions, and a complete record of prices realized, along with full-color, enlargeable photos of each lot, please visit www.HeritageAuctions.com.
Prospective consignors and sellers of vintage sports memorabilia are invited to visit www.HeritageAuctions.com and click on the "Sell Now" tab. Or simply email Chris Ivy at CIvy@HeritageAuctions.com.
To reserve your copy of any Heritage auction catalog, please contact Nicole Jewell at 1-800-872-6467, ext. 272, or visit www.HeritageAuctions.com to order by email.