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    Photo matched to his 1966 Philadelphia Gum trading card!

    Early 1960's John Mackey Game Worn Baltimore Colts Rookie Jersey. Seasoned on the same Syracuse University gridiron that supplied Jim Brown to the National Football League, Mackey entered the professional game as the Colts' second-round selection in the 1963 draft, earning his first of five Pro Bowl appearances during that auspicious rookie season. Nine seasons later he'd exit the game with 331 receptions for 5,236 yards and thirty-eight touchdowns and a clear pathway to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and a number forty-eight position on The Sporting News' 1999 ranking of "The 100 Greatest Football Players."

    This blue durene beauty is one of the very first worn by Mackey for the team he'd represent in all but the last of his ten NFL seasons. We suspect that it was lightly worn by benchwarmer Ken Gregory in 1961, the only time prior to Mackey's 1963 debut that saw the double-eights on the roster. The "MacGregor Size 46" label that appears with a washing instructions tag in the tail is a format last used in 1961, a point of evidence assuring rookie attribution to Mackey.

    But, of course, a definitive photo match is the real thrill here, as the experts at Resolution have determined that the two team repairs just above the numerals on the left shoulder match up with Mackey's #18 card from the 1966 Philadelphia Gum issue. Another thin horizontal repair appears above the second "8" on the jersey chest, and solid game wear is apparent throughout. A photo matched Hall of Fame rookie jersey? What's better than that? LOA from Resolution Photomatching. LOA from Heritage Auctions.





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    February, 2019
    23rd-24th Saturday-Sunday
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