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    Late-1950's to Early-1960's College Football Tear-Away Jersey. Originally designed as a boon for offensive players and a bain to would be tacklers, the earliest documented tear-away football jerseys were worn by Darrell K. Royals' Texas Longhorns during the 1959 season. The NFL banned tear-away jerseys in 1979 and college football followed suit in 1982.

    The vintage exemplar seen here, which dates from the infancy of the tear-away, is a rich, burnt-orange, long-sleeve cotton knit with full-block "44" numbers on the front and back, all sewn-on in white satin. Tagging in the fully intact crotchpiece, includes "Wilson Sports Equipment" and "48." The jersey exhibits desired wear, with stitched repairs on the front, while still remaining in exemplary condition for display. A wonderful period piece which reflects an important step in the evolution of football jerseys. LOA from Heritage Auctions.


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