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    1968-69 Daryle Lamonica Game Used Oakland Raiders Helmet - Photomatched to AFL Championship Game. The Oakland Raiders have always bucked the trend. If there has ever been an organization which epitomized its head man, the Raiders would be at the top. Blessed with boyish good looks, Daryle Lamonica's mentality was to throw the ball deep. Aptly nicknamed The Mad Bomber, Lamonica threw his way to three AFL championships during a distinguished career. AFL fans, Oakland Raiders enthusiasts and general game-worn fans, presented is one of the finest Raiders relics we have had the pleasure of offering to our extensive bidder base. Unearthed earlier this year is Lamonica's helmet used during the 1968 and '69 seasons. The first point of reference we would like to bring to the forefront is the special mini Raiders decal captured on front, which was unique to Lamonica. We will include a photo on-line with Lamonica wearing this exact helmet. Photo 98414800 on Getty Images from the December 28, 1968 AFL Conference Championship does match our helmet to a tee. The scratching pattern and sticker alignment match up perfectly as do a few of the major scratches. Remnants of a "3" decal against the black central stripe on the reverse are barely visible. The current "3" on back would have been added in 1969 by the team. Multiple photos on-line show a similar number setup that season. Lamonica won the second of his two MVPs in 1969. Upon close inspection, an outline of where the original "3" sticker from '68 once stood is visible. Photos from the infamous Heidi Game show a similarly located sticker leaving it highly possible Lamonica wore this helmet that fateful day. Both Raiders side decals exhibit consistent wear and have toned noticeably. Two vintage stickers appear inside: "68" recondition and "Rac-K2 Aero-Cell Helmet Kra-Lite Lacquer." The twelve-point suspension is original to the helmet. Leather jaw pads and a two-bar facemask have been added to restore the historic headgear. The word "photomatched" gets thrown around with regularity in our hobby. Vintage game-worn helmets are next to impossible to truly photo-match. This is one instance where we can definitively say The Mad Bomber sported this helmet during some of his most iconic gridiron moments. LOA from Heritage Auctions.

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