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    Early 1970's O.J. Simpson Game Worn Buffalo Bills Jersey. We'll be the first to admit that Simpson's stock has never recovered from the effects of the criminal proceedings that captured the attention of the world in the mid-1990's. And while this could certainly be understood in the short term, we can't help but imagine how his sporting artifacts will be viewed decades from now when the "Trial of the Century" and its social implications are studied with the same sort of hindsight we can now apply to other watershed events in American popular culture. While we would certainly draw no corollary between corruption and murder, it's clear that Joe Jackson and the rest of the Black Sox are now highly-prized by collectors precisely for their crimes, whereas few would have crossed the street for a free autograph from them in the 1920's. For better or for worse, O.J. Simpson's legend will continue to grow with the passing of the years, and far less for what he did on the gridiron than what he may have done one night in Los Angeles.

    And then there are the true sports purists out there who are able to separate the athlete from the man, who might not excuse Simpson for his purported crimes but choose to remember that fluid running style instead, that Hall of Fame talent. For those folks we offer today a solid gamer from his tenure with the Buffalo Bills. Dated to the early 1970's when he was one of the most talented runners in all of football, this blue mesh garment presents screened-on identifiers throughout, while "SIMPSON" is screened directly on the back, with no plate. Exhibiting light wear throughout, it has the proper "Champion [size] L" tag in the tail.

    It's been quite a fall from grace between the ovations O.J. would receive from a stadium of fans when he wore this jersey to the universal blackball he encounters from the sporting world today, but mark our words, O.J. Simpson will be the name every school kid knows fifty years from now. As such, this jersey would be as appropriate for the Smithsonian Museum as it would for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. LOA from Heritage Auctions.


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    May, 2013
    2nd-4th Thursday-Saturday
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