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    An elite representation from the 1978 Heisman Trophy winner!

    1976-79 Billy Sims Game Worn, Unwashed Oklahoma Sooners Jersey, MEARS A10. He was a two-time Consensus All-American for Barry Switzer's Sooners, and owner of Oklahoma's single-season rushing record until Adrian Peterson bested it in 2004, but Billy Sims primary claim to fame remains his 1978 Heisman Trophy. His stat line for that season defies belief--1,762 yards on 231 rushes for an absurd average of 7.6 yards per carry. Sims would narrowly miss a successful title defense in 1979, coming in second to Charles White of USC. After being selected by the Detroit Lions as the first pick in the 1980 NFL Draft, Sims would make three consecutive Pro Bowls before a catastrophic knee injury in an October 21, 1984 meeting with the Minnesota Vikings effectively ended his athletic career.

    Over three decades after Sims exited the gridiron, he remains a beloved icon in both Norman and Detroit, and we expect a wide array of fans from both locales will vie for ownership of this picture-perfect Sooners representation. It originally entered the hobby as part of "The John Kindler Collection," perhaps the finest assembly of period-acquired gamers ever known.

    The unlaundered red mesh beauty features Sims' fabled number "20" screened to chest, back and sleeves, with "Sims" applied to rear nameplate in white tackle twill. Lower left front tail reveals proper "Speedline [size] L/42-44" tagging. An array of hit marks and dirt stains bear witness to the perils of Sims' punishing running style. LOA from MEARS, A10. LOA from Heritage Auctions.


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    August, 2017
    19th-20th Saturday-Sunday
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