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    One of professional football's most beautiful and controversial styles!

    1970 Art Shell Game Worn Oakland Raiders Jersey from The Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder Collection. When Al Davis named his former Hall of Fame tackle as the first African-American coach in NFL history, it wasn't history that Davis was seeking--it was victory. Davis certainly deserves praise for his admirable track record regarding civil rights, refusing to play in any city where player hotels were racially segregated, but it had always been a simple mantra that had motivated the iconic Raiders owner:

    "Just win, baby!"

    He and Shell had done plenty of that in the fifteen seasons the latter had spent defending quarterbacks on the Raiders offensive line, claiming both of the franchise's Lombardi Trophies to date during that fruitful partnership. To Davis, Shell represented the personification of the Raiders warrior spirit, telling reporters as he introduced his former lineman as a new coach, "It may take us a short while, but we'll get that nastiness of the Raiders back. That's one of the reasons I'm going to depend on the great Art Shell to help us get that done."

    The offered jersey is one of the most desirable Raiders models ever made available for public sale, an early-career white durene roadster in a gorgeous but problematic format that limited its usage to a single season. If you can't figure out why this jersey style was outlawed by Pete Rozelle after the 1970 season, a look at any Raiders television footage from this year will answer your question. The black-trimmed silver number "78" looks amazing in person but virtually disappears in the low-resolution capabilities of period TV. The tiny "Shell" name on back was likewise ill-suited to at-home viewing.

    But today it's everything you could want, featuring solid overall wear with scattered blood stains and four team repairs. Crotchpiece remains intact--an unlikely but welcome deviation from the norm--preserving the "Sand-Knit Size 52" label that resides there.

    According to our consignor, his father Jimmy the Greek, a good buddy of Al Davis, took this jersey home from the locker room after a playoff game, presumably the Raiders' season-ending AFC Championship game loss to the Baltimore Colts on January 3, 1971. An absolutely outstanding jersey that should identify the most devoted Raiders collector in our global clientele. LOA from Heritage Auctions. Letter of provenance from Anthony Snyder.

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    August, 2020
    29th-30th Saturday-Sunday
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