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    1958 NFL Championship Game Used, Signed Football With Letter of Provenance From Charlie Conerly's Wife. Known in the football world as simply "The Greatest Game Ever Played," the historic meeting of the Baltimore Colts and the New York Giants to establish N.F.L. supremacy in 1958 remains one of the noteworthy events in the annals of American athletics. Yankee Stadium, the site of so many unforgettable moments in baseball lore, served as the battlefield in a game that is credited with bringing professional football into prominence, essentially giving birth to the modern N.F.L. It was a game that had it all--lead changes, turnovers, a game-saving goal line stand, a game-tying last minute field goal. Every minute, it seemed, history was being made. "When the game ended in a tie," Colts quarterback Johnny Unitas remembered, "we were standing on the sidelines waiting to see what came next. All of a sudden, the officials came over and said, 'Send the captain out. We're going to flip a coin to see who will receive.' That was the first we heard of the overtime period."

    Of course we all know how it ended, with a single-yard dive by Hall of Fame running back Alan Ameche to sentence the Giants to sudden death and clinch for the Baltimore Colts a piece of immortality. Used during that historic gridiron battle is this The Duke leather pigskin. The Bert Bell ball has Thorp Sporting Goods and "Made by Wilson" branded to a panel among other things. This originated from the collection of Charlie Conerly. A signed letter of provenance from Conerly's wife Perian will attend and establishes authenticity. The letter states Conerly took this ball to his teammates and had each sign on. The ball does appear to hold air and includes approximately twenty-seven signatures. Most are 8/10 or 9/10. Included are: Phil King, Lindon Crow, Sam Huff, Buzz Guy,Carl Karilivacz, Cliff Livingston, Jimmy Patton, Bob Schnelker, Frank Gifford, Frank Youso, Emlen Tunnell, Bob Mischak, Kyle Rote, Bill Svoboda, Don Heinrich, Don Chandler, Pat Summerall, Jack Stroud, Jim Lee Howell, Ed Hughes, Don Maynard, Ray Wietecha and more. Letter of provenance from Charlie Conerly's wife, Perian. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Auction LOA from James Spence Authentication.


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