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1964-65 Lance Alworth Game Worn San Diego Chargers Jersey....

2011 August Chicago Signature Vintage Sports Collectibles Platinum Auction #7037

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Auction Ended On: Aug 4, 2011
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Location: Muvico
9701 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue
Rosemont, IL 60018

1964-65 Lance Alworth Game Worn San Diego Chargers Jersey. Before the two leagues merged, the American Football League played second fiddle to the powerhouse of the National Football League. However, in an unprecedented move, the highly-respected magazine Sports Illustrated declared the San Diego Chargers' Lance Alworth as "Pro Football's Top Receiver" in 1969. That one event turned the heads of football fans everywhere, and helped catapult some lesser renowned AFL players on the map, when in the past they may have been referred to as "inferior" by media outlets who showed a distinct bias for the NFL.

Highly desirable, and made famous by the throwback jerseys of the modern-day San Diego Chargers, this two-year style uniform is instantly evocative of Alworth's glory days in southern California.

Originally obtained from the family of a former grounds crew member at old Municipal Stadium in Kansas City, who found this piece in their attic, this jersey would prove to be the first exemplar of a 1964-65 Chargers roadster that has ever appeared in the hobby. As the story goes, the father of the family obtained the jersey in either November of 1964 or 1965, in which Alworth lit up the home team Chiefs for 168 and 181 yards, respectively.

This stunning garment features light royal blue shoulder inserts, which measure at an inordinate 4" in length, and accent the gold and white affixed shoulder bolts. "Alworth" is presented on the back nameplate in the Chargers' distinct 1960's font style, above its original back numeral "19." The only notable qualifier on the jersey, which we only mention for the sake of full disclosure, is a faint outline of the original placement of the back numeral, which can be seen about 2.5" higher than where it presently sits. However, there is not even a trace of activity on the three additional sets of numbers, which confirms that the reasoning for the back number repositioning was to make room for the NOB.

The sleeve and front numerals feature the same Swiss embroidery three-color inlays, and is the first time any pro football team used this style. The appropriate tail labeling is complete, with a "Higgins & Crosswaite" distributor's tag and "Spanjian" manufacturer's tag, which exhibit minor fraying, but perfectly consistent with the overall jersey wear.

An absolutely iron-clad jersey, which features the unique combination of historical significance, an ultra-rare uniform style and extreme rarity, this piece is unquestionably one of the finest representations of the College and Pro Football Hall of Famer, who in essence, helped put the AFL on the map. LOA from MEARS, Graded A9. LOA from Heritage Auctions.

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