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    Consigned to auction by the Hein family with their letter of provenance

    1963 Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction Ring Presented to Mel Hein. The New York Yankees had Lou Gehrig, but on the Big Apple gridiron the paragon of unflinching durability was this man, the prototypical tough guy leatherhead who only once in his career called for an injury timeout, to hastily reset a broken nose in 1941. Playing sixty minutes of every game, Hein earned the NFL MVP Award in 1938 and led his Giants to seven Championship games, winning two, in 1934 and 1938. Most football historians believe that Hein's fifteen seasons as a center and defensive lineman earn him the distinction of having played more NFL minutes than any man in the history of the professional game.

    Thus there was little question but that Hein would be honored as a member of the inaugural class when the Pro Football Hall of Fame cut its ribbon in 1963 for a cast of immortals that included Sammy Baugh, Red Grange, George Halas, Bronko Nagurski and George Preston Marshall, whose own induction ring appears in the Final Session of this Platinum Night catalog.

    Hein's ring makes its hobby debut here, consigned by the Hein family directly, with their letter of provenance. The logo of the Hall of Fame is embossed in gold onto a blue stone on the ring's face, which is encircled by raised text reporting, "Pro Football's Hall of Fame." Left shank reads "Center" above imagery of the museum's facade, while right shank features imagery of game action framed between text reading, "Mel Hein" and "Elected 1963." Interior band is stamped "Balfour 10k" and measures to a size twelve and a half (12.5). The ring exhibits proud wear but its detailing remains sharp. Letter of provenance from Hein family.

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    February, 2016
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