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    1988 Heisman Trophy Winner!

    1986-88 Barry Sanders Game Worn Oklahoma State Cowboys Jersey, MEARS A10. After backing up fellow Pro Football and College Hall of Famer Thurman Thomas during his first two years at Oklahoma State, Barry Sanders got his turn as the Cowboys' starting running back during his junior year. Nobody could have predicted what was to come from the quiet Wichita native, but during that 1988 collegiate season, Sanders put together what is widely considered the best season in the history of NCAA football. If there wasn't game tape still available, few would believe it, but in 1988 Sanders set college football season records with 2,628 yards rushing, 3,248 total yards, 234 points, 39 touchdowns, 37 rushing touchdowns, 5 consecutive 200 yard games, scored at least 2 touchdowns in 11 consecutive games, and 9 times he scored at least 3 touchdowns.

    Heritage Auctions is proud to present, what MEARS lead authenticator Troy Kinunen billed as the "Finest College Jersey in the World!" Graded by the game-worn experts a perfect A10, it dates to 1986-88, and exhibits heavy wear with a back team repair and a superb scattering of hit marks and scuffs throughout. Presenting the memorable screened-on identifiers that will be forever remembered due to Barry's highly popular 1989 Pro Set rookie card, it has the proper "Russell [size] 42" tag in the tail. One of numerous highlight pieces offered from the collection of game-worn jersey pioneer John Kindler, this one stands out among the rest. LOA from MEARS, A10. Letter of provenance from Ian Kindler. LOA from Heritage Auctions.

    The John Kindler Collection

    It has been twenty years since John Kindler left his family one of the most significant personal collections of game worn football jerseys ever assembled, and it took that long for the Kindlers to come to terms with the notion of parting with it. Kindler's son Ian is quick to report that the pursuit of the next gridiron garment was his father's greatest passion, his collection the thing that most succinctly defined this important pioneer of the hobby. Ian's fondest memories of his father involve their shared pursuit of the next addition to the collection. "He got into it first through UCLA equipment managers," Ian explained. "UCLA was his first love. Then it grew through those relationships, cold calling, and the fact that he somehow knew the sport would explode and very few were doing what he did. He focused on game used jerseys. Somehow he knew that would matter. UCLA, NFL, Heisman winners, and certain UCLA-related NBA was his focus."

    By the time of the elder Kindler's 1994 passing, his collection had swollen to over 250 jerseys, representing two decades of single-minded determination. In his earliest days of the hunt, just after his graduation from college, John Kindler was among the first game used jersey collectors in the country, reaching out to team sources who were often confused at the young man's request for a dirty, old shirt. But Kindler's charm won most targets over. "He was very social, personable. He'd reach out to equipment managers first, then assistant coaches, management, and even head coaches," his son reported.

    Though his collection may have had little value in its earliest days when few collected game used gear, today the Kindler Collection is estimated at over a half a million dollars. Highlights include collegiate jerseys from Heisman winners Barry Sanders, Tim Brown, Bo Jackson and Herschel Walker, and professional gamers from Tony Dorsett, Roger Staubach, Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Bob Griese and more.

    Heritage Auctions is proud to represent this important collection, and to honor this essential early pioneer of the sports collectibles hobby. The earliest offerings from The John Kindler Collection appear in our July 2014 Platinum Night auction, and our November 2014 Signature auction will highlight dozens of important jerseys from this unique assembly. All will be accompanied by a letter of provenance from Ian Kindler.





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    November, 2014
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