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    1982 Super Bowl XVI Game Ball Presented to San Francisco 49ers Head Coach Bill Walsh. It was one of the greatest turnarounds in American sports franchise history, the ultimate worst-to-first heartwarmer. It had been a full decade since the 49ers had tasted playoff action, and five years since the last winning record in 1976. Walsh had taken the helm in 1979 on the heels of a dreadful two-and-fourteen season in 1978, a record that the new coach would repeat in his inaugural campaign. But armed with the innovation of a revolutionary new style of offense, and a young superstar by the name of Joe Montana to implement the style, Coach Walsh saw his team improve to six and ten for the 1980 season before shocking the world by going thirteen and three in the 1981 regular season, and then not losing again until the Lombardi Trophy was theirs.

    The Super Bowl victory would be the team's first of four celebrated in the 1980's, an era of domination unmatched in NFL history. Here we present what is one of the most significant pigskins deriving from that glorious decade, the Super Bowl XVI game ball presented to coach Bill Walsh for leading the 49ers to the promised land.

    The artfully painted pigskin reports the historic achievement:

    "Game Ball Presented to Head Coach Bill Walsh, Super Bowl XVI Champions, 49ers - 26 Bengals - 21, January 24, 1982, Pontiac Silverdome." An image of a 49ers helmet and the logo of Super Bowl XVI frame the text.

    The leather Wilson (Rozelle) ball presents flawlessly, carefully protected for three decades in the trophy room of Walsh's home. It makes its hobby debut as part of The Bill Walsh Collection within our May 2014 catalog auction. Letter of provenance from the Walsh family.

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    May, 2014
    15th-17th Thursday-Saturday
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