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    Brutal wear with a swarm of team repairs!

    Early 1960's Paul Hornung Game Worn Green Bay Packers Jersey -- Multiple Photo Matches! It's the craziest looking number "5" we've ever seen on a football jersey, serifed at one end and not the other, clipped thin at the turns. But that unique style is pure gold in this context, as its unmistakable oddness appears again and again in photography of the Golden Boy during the peak Packer years, most notably in the dominating 1961 NFL Championship game victory over the New York Giants, just months after Roger Maris toppled the Babe on the same hallowed Bronx landscape.

    It is our strong suspicion that this green durene gamer is the only one of its format made for Hornung by Dallas sporting goods manufacturer "Red Fox," whose size "46" label joins a dry cleaning tag at lower left front tail (size is repeated again at interior collar). The stupendous game wear, apparent in more than a dozen significant team repairs, lends credence to single-jersey theory, and supplies at least two unmistakable photo matches from that Frankenstein stitching, one undated and the other attributed to a Neil Leifer image from a September 20, 1964 contest at Lambeau (Getty #153368108). We cannot find a single point of inconsistency in the 1961 NFL Championship game imagery, but the garment is not yet damaged enough at that early stage to provide tell-tale blemishes for matching.

    That 1961 campaign was inarguably the finest of Hornung's professional career, as he would earn the NFL Most Valuable Player Award to join his first of four NFL Championship rings. It would be the third consecutive season he'd lead the league in scoring. And Hornung's nineteen points in the 1961 NFL Championship massacre--a rushing touchdown, three field goals and four extra points--remains a record to this day.

    A commanding silver sharpie signature at lower chest completes the assessment of this Titletown treasure, unquestionably one of the most significant Packers gamers ever to tempt a bidding audience. An included letter of provenance from the son of an Orange Bowl chain crew member recounts that his father received the jersey directly from the Packers' famous equipment manager Gerald "Dad" Braisher, likely at Super Bowl II, after Hornung had left the Packers. LOA from Heritage Auctions. Letter of provenance from son of original recipient. LOA from Resolution Photomatching. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from SGC Authentic.

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    August, 2017
    19th-20th Saturday-Sunday
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