1960 Jim Otto Game Worn Oakland Raiders Rookie Jersey, Inaugural AFL Season!...
The yellow detailing we encounter here has long since given way to silver in Raiders fashion, but it's interesting to note it was actually the Chicago Bears and Navy that inspired the presented look, as original coach Eddie Erdelatz had coached Navy and the Bears' rival San Francisco 49ers, and utilized Bears and Midshipmen manufacturer "King O'Shea" to produce Raiders uniforms. The company's tagging is located in lower left rear interior tail, denoting "Long, 48, King O'Shea." Number "50" is applied to chest, shoulders and verso in black and yellow tackle twill while a 1.75" block lettered "Jim Otto" is applied directly to the jersey body at upper shoulders.
Wear is very heavy, certainly due in significant degree to secondary practice use after that debut AFL season. Massive team repairs abound, and the black dye of the tackle twill has faded from sweat and multiple washings. But football players aren't supposed to be pretty, and neither are their jerseys. As a symbol of one of the game's most durable trench warriors, the look couldn't be more appropriate. Along with the Biletnikoff gamer likewise presented within this auction, the jersey was sourced from the Raiders' first equipment manager, and will be accompanied by his letter of provenance. This is the only known Otto rookie and, in fact, the only known surviving jersey from the Raiders' inaugural season. LOA from Heritage Auctions. Letter of provenance from Raiders equipment manager.
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