Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    1961 Ernie Davis Game Issued Syracuse Orangemen Jersey, Heisman Trophy Season. The 2008 feature film "The Express" brought about a resurgence in interest for this tragic superstar, but for those who remember his heroics both on and off the field, his star never faded. Born into the gritty steel belt of western Pennsylvania which has served as the training grounds for many of the gridiron's greatest stars, Davis would find more than fifty college scholarships waiting for him upon his high school graduation. He would follow in the footsteps of his own football idol, the great Jim Brown, choosing Syracuse University, and even going so far as to request the number "44" jersey that Brown had worn with such distinction. Only Davis could have done those digits justice.

    This "game-issued" white thin cotton Syracuse "tear-away" jersey was presented to Al Mallette, sports editor of the Elmira "Star-Gazette," by Ernie Davis and Syracuse public relations man Val Pinchbeck on February 3, 1962, at Ernie Davis' Testimonial Banquet at Notre Dame High School.

    Jersey presents immaculate condition, with minimal discoloration, while featuring navy tackle twill numerals stitched in orange thread. The proper "Wilson [size] 46" tag is affixed in the six-button crotch piece, as proper for this style Davis gamer. Jersey amazingly has no holes or scuffing, which helps solidify its spot as one of the more significant collegiate football shirts ever to hit the auction block. LOA from Heritage Auctions (game-issued).


    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    November, 2010
    4th-5th Thursday-Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 9
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 1,900

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
    Track Item

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976

    Learn about consigning with us

    The hammer price for my Mantle card significantly exceeded my admittedly conservative estimations, and I couldn't be more pleased.
    George T.,
    Pinetop, AZ
    View More Testimonials

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search