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    Likely Dawson's final durene!

    Early 1970's Len Dawson Game Worn & Signed Kansas City Chiefs Jersey. Arguably the most important figure ever to wear the red and yellow of the Dallas Texans/Kansas City Chiefs, Dawson led the franchise to three AFL Championships in his fourteen seasons in their uniform, claiming the MVP Award for his victory over the Vikings in Super Bowl IV. He's the only man ever to have worn the number "16" in team history, digits properly retired as Dawson exited the game and took his well-deserved place in Canton bronze.

    Presented is a home red jersey that is almost certainly the last durene the Hall of Fame quarterback ever wore. From 1971 onward, the Chiefs were nearly exclusively a mesh jersey team, but they commissioned a small quantity of durene for cold weather games, carrying the rarely-used format over for multiple seasons. The "Rawlings [size] 46" tagging style debuted in 1972, and it's likely that Dawson retained and wore this garment until his 1975 retirement.

    The two-tone numerals and name on back likewise were an early 1970's advancement that places the garment in context, and here we find that immortal number "16" in its four standard positions, and "Dawson" sporting the Chiefs' distinctively fonted "W" and "S" across the rear nameplate. The crotchpiece, so often lost in period gridiron gamers, is present here, but lacking the buttons, the only material deviation from original status.

    Game wear is rock solid, adding credence to the theory that the jersey was active for multiple seasons, showing consistent softening of the tackle twill identifiers and tail tagging that only sweaty wear can provide. A black sharpie signature on rear numerals completes a nearly-perfect Hall of Fame representation. LOA from Heritage Auctions. Full LOA from PSA/DNA (autograph).





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    February, 2019
    23rd-24th Saturday-Sunday
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