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    Circa 1970 George Blanda Game Worn Oakland Raiders Helmet. It will take Tom Brady another five years to catch up with this ageless veteran of the National Football League, a Hall of Fame legend who finally hung up his cleats at age forty-eight after twenty-six professional seasons. In his twin roles as quarterback and placekicker, Blanda managed to rack up an outrageous 2,002 points, the first to cross the 2,000 threshold and one of only seven to reach that milestone to date. He still holds the NFL record for most games for a player who was not exclusively a punter or placekicker, exhibiting an astonishing durability that seems all the more superhuman when examining the lot presented here.

    Check out old photos and you'll see Blanda sporting this antiquated head gear, a bubble-ear "Riddell Kra-Lite" shell with a two-bar face mask that left his chin dangerously exposed to the onslaught of opposing pass rushers. The interior sports a twelve-point suspension system that seems downright archaic compared to the high-tech models spawned by science's growing understanding of the dangers of brain trauma. We can spot some interior modifications, suggesting the helmet was utilized for multiple seasons, a point further validated by the outline of an earlier font format of a number "32" that resided where Blanda's legendary number "16" now resides at lower rear exterior shell.

    We must note that the face mask now attached to the shell is not the original, but it is a perfect match to those Blanda wore. A piece of the interior crown padding has come loose from its ancient adhesive but could be easily reaffixed if desired. Deeply faded number "16" appears at interior ear hole. It's a battered war horse of a helmet, thus the perfect tribute to the stalwart gridiron hero who wore it during the closing seasons of his protracted career. LOA from Heritage Auctions.


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    May, 2021
    6th-8th Thursday-Saturday
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