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    Likely worn in 1962 NFL Championship win!

    1960-63 Jim Taylor Game Worn & Signed Green Bay Packers Jersey, MEARS A9. The personification of Coach Lombardi's "run to daylight" philosophy, Jim Taylor joined fellow future Hall of Famer Paul Hornung in the Packers backfield in 1958 to begin a slow and steady march to four NFL Championships, his final Packers appearance coming in their storied Super Bowl I victory. But most Packers historians would point to the frigid 1962 NFL Championship game at Yankee Stadium as Taylor's finest hour. In sub-zero wind chills, Taylor would carry thirty-one times for eighty-five yards, scoring Green Bay's only touchdown in the sixteen to seven victory.

    The newly-minted Champion would emerge from the game battered but unbroken, telling reports in the post-game locker room, "I never took a worse beating on a football field. The Giants hit me hard, and then I hit the ground hard. I got it both ways. This was the toughest game I've ever played ... I just rammed it down their throats by letting my running do my talking. They couldn't rattle me."

    It is highly likely that this is the jersey Taylor wore during that icy battle at the House That Ruth Built, but the imperfection of period photography disallows a definitive match. The style is a dead ringer however, from the highly distinctive number font announcing "31" on chest, back and shoulders, to the classic Packers striping at collar and sleeves. While the manufacturer's label has been lost--the culprit in the sole point deduction of the MEARS evaluation--this format is definitively a "Red Fox" creation, the early 1960's supplier of Packers uniforms.

    But even more compelling is the stated history of the garment from its original sale in 2009. That catalog text recounts that the jersey was discovered in the bowels of Yankee Stadium during the 1973 renovations and gifted to a friend of a construction worker with an affection for Titletown. That 1962 Championship game was the last time Taylor visited the Bronx in his career, and the next time the number "31" appeared in the Packers wardrobe, in 1969, the uniform style was different.

    Team repairs are too numerous to count, mixing with blood stains, a fraying collar and partially broken and repaired number stitching to signal monumental game (and likely training) wear. You'll find few gamers as battle-scarred as this important specimen. A black sharpie signature on the chest (9/10) completes the package. LOA from MEARS, A9. LOA from Heritage Auctions. Full LOA from PSA/DNA.

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