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    Circa 1968 Bob Kalsu Signed Sheet - Only Pro Athlete Killed in Vietnam. Notable University of Oklahoma All-American tackle, who went on to play the entire 1968 season with the Buffalo Bills, Bob Kalsu has a story that is anything but "Cinderella ending." Following his first NFL season in '68, in order to fulfil his ROTC obligation, Kalsu entered the Army as a Second Lieutenant and arrived in Vietnam in November of 1969. On July 21, 1970, the young Oklahoma City native was killed in action when his unit came under enemy mortar fire at FSB Ripcord near the A Shau Valley. Offered here is quite possibly the only Bob Kalsu signatures ever to hit the auction block. Signed by an array of players from the 1968 Coaches All-American Game at Atlanta Stadium on "The Regency Hyatt House" stationery, this 8x10.5" sheet exhibits mild staining and slight paper loss on the bottom, which does not affect the high quality of the 8/10 ball-point signature from the American hero. Framed and matted with a 2001 cover of "Sports Illustrated," which presents a feature story about Kalsu, this piece measures at 18x24" and is accompanied with an original field pass from the 1968 exhibition game. A tragic parallel to the Pat Tillman story, but an exponentially rarer autograph. Auction LOA from James Spence Authentication. Pre-Certified by PSA/DNA.

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    November, 2011
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