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    Circa 1965-66 Max McGee Game Worn Green Bay Packers Jersey - MEARS A7. We're pretty sure the term "clutch" wasn't used to describe any player in professional football back in the 1950's or 1960's, but "clutch" would be a perfect adjective to describe wide receiver Max McGee. Always coming up with the big catch in the most important moment of a significant game, the Tulane University alum led the NFL in punting yards, while tallying 614 yards and nine touchdowns during his rookie year in 1954. He missed the next two seasons while serving as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force and returned to the Packers as one of the team's few bright spots during the lowly 1-10-1 1958 season.

    Then, in 1959 everything changed for the Pack, which was a direct result of the team's addition of head coach Vince Lombardi. McGee was a key part of Lombardi's impressive receiving core throughout the 1967 season, while he helped his "Green and Gold" squad win a staggering five NFL Championships and two Super Bowl titles. Despite reductions in his playing time due to injuries during his final two seasons,1966 would be the most memorable year of his career.

    Not expecting to play in Super Bowl I, McGee decided to go out on the town and break curfew the night before the game, and as a result he felt a hangover of "Super Bowl" proportions on that fateful Sunday. But, after fellow wideout Boyd Dowler went down with a separated shoulder on the Packers' second drive, McGee did what he always did when called to the line of duty - he rose to the occasion. McGee quickly made an impact on the game, and caught a 37-yard touchdown from quarterback Bart Starr, which would go down as the first touchdown in Super Bowl history. Starr would eventually win the game's Most Valuable Player award, but few could argue that McGee's 138 yards and two touchdowns were not MVP-worthy.

    Here we present Max McGee's green Durene home jersey he wore circa 1965-66, with the Green Bay Packers. Examined via photo analysis by notable Packers jersey expert Guy Hankel, and MEARS authentication, this gridiron rarity has 3/4-length sleeves that have been custom-cut below the sleeve striping. The shoulders are double reinforced as is the ring neck, while the jersey is a "full-length cut" with side vents on either side of the bottom. Embedded yellow-white-yellow-white-yellow striping adorns the sleeves, with the proper style white tackle-twill numeral "85" is sewn on the front, back and sleeves of the jersey. A "Sand Knit [size] 44" tag is located on the lower left bottom of the jersey, while the shirt itself shows extreme wear in the form of heavy piling, small holes in each of the sleeves, scuffs and snags. Remedial sewing has been done in an effort to reinforce numbers that have become partially detached from the jersey. This type of repairing and wear indicates that it was likely utilized for team practice after its regular season use.

    The first McGee gamer ever offered at public auction, and unquestionably one of the nicest in the hobby, this is a spectacular piece from the most significant period of the beloved Packers memorable career. LOA from Guy Hankel. LOA from MEARS.


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    November, 2011
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