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    The game ball from "The Greatest Game Ever Played!"

    1958 NFL Championship Game Used Football from Estate of Baltimore Colts Equipment Manager. Just weeks after Mickey Mantle and the boys clawed their way back from a three games to one deficit to claim World Series victory against the Milwaukee Braves, another fiercely contested Championship battle was playing out at the House that Ruth Built. Deadlocked at seventeen at the close of regulation, the game earned the historic distinction as the first Championship contest in NFL history to go into sudden death overtime, with Colts running back Alan Ameche dealing the fatal blow to the New York Giants with a third down one-yard to end the game. Seventeen participants in the contest (including coaches and administration) are now enshrined at Canton, among them Frank Gifford, Don Maynard, Vince Lombardi, Tom Landry, Johnny Unitas, Raymond Berry and Weeb Ewbank.

    The unprecedented drama and elite casting have served to immortalize the contest under the heading of "The Greatest Game Ever Played," a status that rightfully provides added luster to the few relics to surface from the occasion. Programs and ticket stubs appear with some regularity, and occasionally a slab from the goalposts which were torn down in celebration or frustration as was typical for Championship gridiron contests of the period. Never before has a football used in that storied battle reached the hobby's auction block.

    The historic pigskin bears all the proper hallmarks for NFL gamers of the era, with "The Duke" and commissioner "Bert Bell" imprints joining that of "Wilson" and "Thorp Sporting Goods." Artfully applied in blue and white paint is vintage text that reads, "Colts 23, Giants 17, World Champion Baltimore Colts 1958." Game use is evident, but the ball survives in splendid condition without any visual distractions of note, and even remains quite well inflated.

    A 2002 letter of provenance attributes the ball to the estate of Fred Schubach, who served as the Colts' equipment manager from 1953 through 1982. This ball, as well as other artifacts of that long service, was sold at auction in September 2002. Letter of provenance from auctioneer. LOA from PSA/DNA.

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    Auction Dates
    February, 2014
    22nd-23rd Saturday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 15
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