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    1975 Lem Barney Game Worn & Signed Detroit Lions Helmet from The Bill Fundaro Collection. A seven-time Pro Bowler, Hall of Famer, and Lions' lifer, Lem Barney was a multi-faceted star who excelled as a defensive back, punt returner, kick-off returner, and punter. He wore the game worn headgear presented here during his second to last season in the Motor City when he was elected to the Pro Bowl.

    Silver shell displays side decals and center striping in Honolulu blue and white, Riddell bumper and two-bar facemask, interior suspension with "7 1/4" size stamping, 1975 timeclock, and "20" in vintage red marker on athletic tape over the left earhole. Outer shell is signed and inscribed "Lem Barney 20 HOF '92" in blue sharpie. Letter of provenance from Bill Fundaro's daughter. LOA from Heritage Auctions. Full LOA from PSA/DNA.


    More Information: The Bill Fundaro Collection

    They lovingly called him "Foul Ball Billy" during his fifty years of service to the Detroit Tigers franchise. The long-time usher got his start with the ballclub during the unforgettable season of 1968 that saw pitcher Denny McLain record what remains (likely for eternity) the last thirty-win season en route to World Championship glory. Fundaro's last season was 2019 and he passed away in October of last year after spending the 2020 season locked out of the gates of Major League Baseball by the global pandemic.

    Fundaro got his nickname from his primary role of retrieving balls off the screen behind the plate at Tiger Stadium and giving them to umpires or fans. In honor of his Golden Anniversary with the team, Fundaro threw out a first pitch in 2018, earning a loud ovation from the many fans who had come to know him like family.

    The ballplayers, both Tigers and visitors, likewise were drawn to Fundaro's unfailingly friendly demeanor, gifting him a wide array of game used bats and the like which appear upon the following pages. There's even a remarkable supply of material from beyond our national pastime, as Fundaro didn't rest during the baseball offseason, photographing Detroit Lions and Michigan Wolverines games and participating in a wide array of sports-related fundraising efforts. Heritage is please to present this remarkable evidence of a life well-lived, each item accompanied by a letter of provenance from Fundaro's daughter.


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