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    1957 Jim Brown Rookie of the Year Trophy. Widely considered the greatest running back in the history of the National Football League, former Syracuse Orangemen standout Jimmy Brown was the sixth overall draft pick for the 1957, leaving five teams to curse themselves for the foolishness of allowing the Browns to secure his services. Here we present what is arguably the most significant post-war football award to reach the auction block in recent memory, the trophy presented to Brown as the unanimous choice for 1957 Rookie of the Year. With 942 rushing yards, Brown led all NFL running backs in 1957, the first of eight years he would take that checkered flag during his nine-season career. Nine rushing touchdowns was likewise a League-topping figure for that freshman campaign.

    The striking silver-plated treasure Heritage is pleased to present here is a fitting tribute to that remarkable first season. It features a life-size football presented upon a round wooden base affixed with a plaque reading, "1957 Marlboro Award, Jimmy Brown, Rookie of the Year, National Football League, as Selected by The Sporting News." Measuring fifteen inches in height, the trophy offers only the requisite tarnishing to suggest a half-century of life, as no other flaws worthy of mention are to be found.

    Lest there be any confusion, let us stress that this is the one and only Rookie of the Year trophy, the official version sanctioned by the National Football League. While any such award would carry tremendous collecting appeal, this example from the man chosen by The Sporting News in 1999 as the greatest football player of all time must be considered the pick of that illustrious litter. Equal in prestige to the majority of artifacts housed today in the Football Hall of Fame, this trophy is destined to serve as the cornerstone of one elite private collection.

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    October, 2009
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