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    1964 Jim Brown Game Worn Cleveland Browns Jersey. "Make sure when anyone tackles you he remembers how much it hurts," Brown once advised fellow Syracuse alumnus John Mackey. The legendary running back might not have been the most elusive rusher who ever suited up in the NFL, but he was famous for being the toughest to bring to the ground, his bone-rattling style averaging an outrageous 5.2 yards per carry. He claimed the NFL rushing title all but one of his nine seasons in the League, and his 1,863 rushing yards in 1963 remains a Cleveland Browns franchise record, the oldest franchise rushing record of all thirty-two teams.

    But this garment found the pantheon player engaged in the most glorious season in Cleveland gridiron history, an NFL Championship campaign that stood as the last taste of glory enjoyed by the city's residents in any professional sport before LeBron shocked the Warriors and the world in 2016. This is the football equivalent of a 1927 Babe Ruth jersey--the sport's greatest star, the team's greatest season.

    This elite vintage is assured by the unique story of its acquisition, which is documented in the detailed letter of provenance supplied by our consignor. Born and raised near Syracuse, New York, where Brown rose to prominence with the Orangemen, this young man telephoned Cleveland Browns equipment manager Morrie Kono in the weeks after the 1964 NFL Championship game asking if he could order Browns jerseys for the purpose of wearing them in touch football games. Kono informed him that new uniforms wouldn't be ordered for months, but that he could supply them from the completed season. Understandably, our consignor requested those of future Hall of Famers Jim Brown and Lou Groza, likewise presented within this Signature auction.

    Our consignor acknowledges that he altered the jerseys slightly for his personal wear, trimming some length off the sleeves and removing the crotchpieces, and thus the tagging that had been affixed there. But otherwise the jerseys remain as they did during that most historic season in Browns history, but for the degree of wear our consignor added himself.

    Our catalog photography should confirm that none of these alterations do significant harm to the display, as the uniquely fonted number "32" applied in white tackle twill to chest, back and shoulders, and the classic sleeve striping, remains. It's an elite treasure of the professional gridiron, easily the most significant Brown representation to see the hobby's auction block since Heritage achieved a sale price of $95,600 for a similar style in February 2014. Letter of provenance from buyer in late 1964 or early 1965. LOA from Heritage Auctions.


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    May, 2017
    11th-13th Thursday-Saturday
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