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    1953-54 Art Donovan Game Worn Baltimore Colts Jersey, MEARS A9. Hall of Fame defensive tackle Art Donovan was a six-time All-Pro, two-time NFL champion, and member of the NFL 1950's All-Decade Team. The Bulldog was also one of the key components on Weeb Ewbank's Baltimore Colts championship teams of the late 1950's, which included fellow Hall of Famers Johnny Unitas, Raymond Berry, Lenny Moore, Jim Parker, and Gino Marchetti.

    Donovan's cream-colored, long-sleeve Baltimore Colts nylon durene road jersey displays "70" on the front and verso in soft blue cotton twill identifiers and blue and white sleeve stripes. Tagging in the tail includes a black manufacturer's label with "MacGregor" in white and "Size 52" in red. To the left is a washing instructions label (partially disengaged). By far, the best attribute of this jersey, and what makes it a true museum quality piece, is its wear. The jersey saw multiple seasons of use, evidenced by the fact that it is tattooed with countless team-executed stitch repairs, which blanket the front, back, and both sleeves. What appears to be blood stains and perspiration residue are also evident.

    Despite the heavy game wear, the jersey DOES NOT in any way appear "ratty" or "beat up," and, as such, it achieves the perfect balance between desirable wear and aesthetic appeal. Early 1950's NFL gamers in any condition are difficult to come by. This exemplar's Hall of Famer pedigree, 1950's vintage, astounding game wear, and wonderful display appeal make it one of the most important and desirable period gamers in the hobby. LOA from Heritage Auctions. LOA from MEARS, A9 (1-point deduction for loose/torn tag).


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