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Back Lot Number: 598  
     
     
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Description: Fine Johnny Unitas autographed professional model helmet c.1960s. Riddell Kra-Lite helmet with -bubbled+ ear hole openings has the Colts horseshoe logo decal applied at either side and blue center stripe accent. Unitas+ famed number -19+ is painted on the back which was frequently done by Colts equipment manager Fred Schubach rather than replacing heavily scratched and scarred decals. The (12) point suspension interior and snap in leather pads remain intact. As appropriate to numerous Colts examples of the period the helmet was refurbished, in the period, at least twice with three visible heat impressed -Riddell+ and -Kra-Lite+ stampings on back; two now covered in factory applied white paint, the third set properly in black. A number of 1960s era date stampings appear inside along with a faint -7+ size stamp. There are also a pair of -RK-2+ labels. Vintage two bar facemask in marked -Riddell+ as is the chinstrap. Exceptional usage wear can be found throughout with chipping and scuffs to both the shell and appliques. Signed and inscribed in faded black marker, -Best Wishes Dave Pinkham, Johnny Unitas+ (now rating approx. 4-4/5 out of 10). Obtained directly by aclose associate of noted Colts Owner Carroll Rosenblum whom was involved with the team for all but one of Unitas+ seasons in Baltimore. It was signed at the time to the recipients son and has remained in the family until this current offering. An outstanding example with unparalleled direct provenance. Includes auction LOA from JSA, LOA from Hunt Auctions (PSA/DNA Authentication sticker is affixed inside), and a letter of provenance from the Pinkham family: EX
Estimated Price Range: ($40,000-$60,000)
Current EST:  12/14/17 5:15:29 AM
 
  Sold for Price: $50,000.00  
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