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Description: Historic Rudy Ruettiger game worn Notre Dame Fighting Irish helmet c.1974-75. Original Notre Dame Fighting Irish football helmet as issued to and worn by Rudy Ruettiger during the 1974 and 1975 seasons. Riddell helmet with period appropriate impressed markings on back including the Company logo and "Kra-Lite II" model. Suspension interior remains intact with size "7" stamped on. There are several vintage marker player number and name notations written inside with Rudy's name partially visible ("Reut") below a reconditioning label. The ear pads appear original to the period however the rubber bumper which was affixed to the interior has hardened and come loose (included but separate from helmet). The helmet has been reconditioned twice with the first label a vintage example that dates to the time of use. The latter was applied when Rudy had Schutt Sports perform some minor cosmetic improvements for display purposed only including few paint touch ups and the "Irish" nameplate decal applied over a Wilson rubber guard between the front anchors. Strong usage wear evident throughout which is consistent with the well documented re-issue of previously used helmets by Notre Dame and other collegiate programs during the period. Rudy vividly recalls the issuance of the helmet for his Junior season of 1974 having been named to the Notre Dame scout team by coach Ara Parseghian. It was one of the greatest accomplishments of my life and truly made me feel like a Notre Dame man. Includes LOA from Hunt Auctions and Notarized Letter of Provenance from Rudy Ruettiger certifying this was the actual Notre Dame helmet he wore during the November 8, 1975 game: EX
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  Sold for Price: $110,000.00;