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    A flawless representation from the sport's longest-serving practitioner

    Circa 1969-70 George Blanda Game Worn Oakland Raiders Jersey, MEARS A10. Update: Please note, this jersey is Black Durene and not mesh. In his early forties when he suited up in this black Durene gamer, Blanda came by his nickname "The Fossil" honestly, retiring from the professional game in 1976 at age forty-eight following a record twenty-six seasons of action. He remains number seven on the NFL's career points ladder, his dual roles as quarterback and place kicker accounting for 2,002 spanning four different decades. Today, Blanda is best remembered as one of the leading forces in lending legitimacy to the American Football League, a distinction he referenced in his 1981 Pro Football Hall of Fame induction speech:

    "I am proud to be here and be the fourth AFL player to be inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Long time in coming the recognition that we the founders of the league, the players, the original players. Jim Otto and I who played in every game of the AFL in its 10 years. We were ridiculed, we were maligned. We weren't recognized. We tried hard and we played hard. We gave it 110%."

    The listed garment commemorates that special association, a black durene beauty worn to distinction as a member of the Oakland Raiders. Silver tackle twill forms the legendary number "16" on chest, back and shoulders, with two-inch block spelling "Blanda" across rear nameplate. Interior collar holds size "44" label, that sizing repeated on a "Wilson" manufacturer's tag at lower left front tail.

    The MEARS letter of examination assures the garment is 100% original and unaltered, assessing game use as "moderate." The letter likewise references derivation from the famous Duke Hott collection, an early titan of the game used uniform hobby. LOA from MEARS, A10.

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