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    1979 Super Bowl XIII "Terrible Towel" from The Jimmy "The Greek" Collection. Widely recognized as sports' first "rally towel," The Terrible Towel made it's debut for the Pittsburgh Steelers on December 27, 1975 in a playoff game versus the Baltimore Colts. The specimen on offer here was waved by fans of the black and gold at the Super Bowl in 1979. The 21x14" gold towel features a football with "The Terrible Towel 1979 Super Bowl XIII" printed in black. Nice overall condition. Letter of provenance from Anthony Snyder.

    More Information: The Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder Collection

    He was the most famous and charismatic figure in the history of sports gambling, the first nationally-recognized advocate for an industry that had lingered in the shadows of the athletic world since its very beginning. From the world headquarters of wagering, the city of Las Vegas, Jimmy the Greek ruled the sports book as a benevolent king, courting his share of controversy along the way but clearly earning his throne as the sporting world’s most skilled prognosticator.

    So much about the life of The Wizard of Odds feels prescient in the current climate of American sports, from the shifting political tides we see in the NFL and NASCAR to the relocation of the Raiders franchise to a shiny new stadium just off the Las Vegas strip, an unthinkable event back in Snyder’s day. This is the second installment of a personal collection decades in the making, and Heritage Auctions is proud to make it available to the collecting world. Each lot in this collection is consigned by Jimmy the Greek's son, and will be accompanied by his letter of provenance.


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