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    2003-04 Peyton Manning Game Worn Indianapolis Colts Helmet--Photo Matched!

    UPDATE: This lot is now accompanied by an LOA from Resolution Photomatching. Upper Deck LOA's are copies of the originals.

    Unquestionably one of the greatest players in the full history of the National Football League, Peyton Manning was quite literally born to be a quarterback, the son of two-time Pro Bowler Archie Manning, the second overall selection in the 1971 NFL draft. His boy Peyton, quite properly, was the first pick twenty-seven years later, going on to transform the lowly Indianapolis Colts into a consistent playoff team and Super Bowl XLI Champions. Manning would retire with a pair of rings, five MVP Awards, and the still-reigning record holder for most passing touchdowns (55) and passing yards (5,477) in a single season.

    The season Manning wore this helmet was ended the way so many other AFC teams' seasons have--a defeat at the hands of Tom Brady's New England Patriots, who the Colts met in the AFC Championship game. While several photos strongly suggest that this is the helmet Manning wore in that loss, we find our most definitive photo match (at the time of this writing) at Getty Image #78111107, a 38-31 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in the Divisional Round on January 11, 2004. A chip in the shell at about 4 o'clock on the larger ear hole is a perfect match.

    Beyond this photographic proof, we can be certain of playoff use for this helmet due to the special memorial sticker to the left of Manning's number "18" decals on rear shell, a tribute to the recent passing of team chaplain, Father Patrick Kelly, two days after the Colts' final regular season game.

    The strong, sweaty wear that yellows the interior padding of this helmet suggests that the helmet was used prior to the end of the regular season as well, and it's entirely possible that further photo matches could be made. Every detail of the "Riddell Revolution" shell is precisely correct for the Hall of Fame icon, down to the cloth covering of the high-low chin strap and the velcro patches inside for communications hook-ups. The helmet was originally sourced through Upper Deck, with a pair of documents attesting to the fact, one of which is signed by Manning himself. As absolutely perfect representation from one of the all-time Mount Rushmore figures of NFL quarterbacking. LOA from Sports Investors Authentication. LOA from Heritage Auctions. Two LOA's from Upper Deck, one signed by Peyton Manning (copies). LOA from Resolution Photomatching.

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    May, 2021
    6th-8th Thursday-Saturday
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