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    A magnificent representation with multiple photo matches and a family letter of provenance

    Early 1960's Roosevelt "Rosey" Brown Game Worn New York Giants Helmet. It was a decade ago that this battle-scarred headgear made its hobby debut, accompanied by a letter of provenance from the widow of the nine-time Pro Bowler and 1975 Football Hall of Fame inductee. Today it remains the only game used helmet from this legendary Giant ever to reach the hobby's auction block, affording the opportunity for one top gridiron collector to chart a path that none other could follow. Considering that singular rarity, the magnificent character of the piece and the ironclad provenance feels almost like overkill.

    The six-point suspension at the interior of the "Riddell Kra-Lite" shell suggests production in the early 1960's, though the enormous wear and wide range of photo matches leads us to believe that the helmet endured several tours of NFL duty, perhaps as many as five or six. The most intriguing and identifiable feature of the relic is the truly bizarre attachment at the right side of the shell, an odd "spacer" that allowed for the attachment of a mask that would have otherwise been too wide for the helmet. The unique format allows for the most certain proof of ownership possible, multiple photo matches of Brown in action.

    Several of the clips attaching the mask to the helmet have snapped, as is typical of antique plastic, but the helmet is otherwise complete and unaltered, right down to the original chin strap. Leather interior headband exhibits heavy wear, and number "79" is applied in vintage marker to interior right of the shell. The classic "ny" team logo decals remain at each temple, as do the twin numbers "79" at front and back in proper position and font.

    Brown's unlikely path to football immortality began as the twenty-seventh pick in the 1953 NFL draft, a remarkably prescient choice made after the Mara family read about Brown in the African-American newspaper the Pittsburgh Courier. Nearly a half century later, he was ranked number fifty-seven on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Football Players. Letter of provenance from widow of Rosey Brown. Multiple photo matches. LOA from Heritage Auctions.

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    Auction Dates
    February, 2015
    21st-22nd Saturday-Sunday
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