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2009 James Harrison Game Worn, Signed Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl XLIII Helmet - From Longest Play in SB History!...

2012 October 25 - 27 Vintage Sports Collectibles Signature Auction- Dallas #7065

 
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Auction Ended On: Oct 26, 2012
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Location: Heritage Auctions
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Dallas, TX 75219

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2009 James Harrison Game Worn, Signed Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl XLIII Helmet - From Longest Play in SB History! There were 18 seconds remaining in the first half of Super Bowl XLIII. The Arizona Cardinals looked far superior to the seven-point underdogs that they were labeled at kickoff. Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner led his team down to the Pittsburgh Steelers' two-yard line and about to go up 14-10, and into the locker room with all the momentum. Linebacker James Harrison had other ideas.

With Warner out of the shotgun, and ready to lead his team to a commanding lead, the veteran quarterback threw a ball that was intended for wide receiver Anquan Boldin. Jumping in front of Warner's quickly-released pass, Harrison made a clean interception and ran the entire length of the field as time expired in the half. Any penalty on the Steelers, or if Harrison's foot went out of bounds, and it would not have been a Steelers' touchdown. Instead, Harrison's 100-yard TD scamper resulted in the six-foot, 242-pound defender collapsing in the end zone where he would spend several minutes regaining his breath as his teammates celebrated what was basically the biggest game-changer in Super Bowl history.

Out of the locker room and into the second half, the Cardinals made a game of it, but their 16-point fourth quarter wasn't enough, and the Steelers defeated their opponents 27-23, giving the historic franchise its sixth Lombardi Trophy.

Heritage Auctions is proud to present James Harrison's Super Bowl XLIII game-worn helmet, which will forever be remembered as the helmet he wore during the longest play in Super Bowl history. All-original, and simply gorgeous, this "Riddell" shell was given to fellow NFLer Albert Haynesworth by Harrison at the 2009 Pro Bowl in Honolulu, Hawaii, and only one week after the big game. Rock solid in every way, it displays the proper Gene Upshaw memorial, United States flag, NFL shield, "92", Super Bowl XLIII and "Warning" decals all in the proper rear positions. One of only a few Pittsburgh Steelers gamers ever allowed into the collecting public by the stingy organization, the helmet exhibits nice wear, with an impressive scattering of scrapes, hit marks and scuffs from battle in the biggest event in sports.

We would also like to stress the extreme importance that this piece can easily be matched to images which can be found on Gettyimages.com. For example, its "9" and "2" decals line up perfectly when compared to Getty image: #84581601. Also, the bottom right chinstrap tassel has a grayish piece of athletic tape affixed, and this key section can be photo matched to Getty image: #84603167.

In addition, this "[size] L" helmet has its original chinstrap, "Riddell QR" clips and interior padding still intact. Harrison also added a bold silver sharpie signature and "SB 43 Champs, 100 TD Return, 2008 Defensive MVP" and "Pro Bowl 09" inscriptions on the left side. Unquestionably, one of the most historic pieces in our entire October Signature Auction, this amazing artifact is one that Canton would happily welcome into its display area with open arms. LOA from the consignor (attesting to the fact that it was originally obtained from Albert Haynesworth at the 2009 Pro Bowl). LOA from Heritage Auctions. Pre-certified by PSA/DNA (autograph).





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