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1960 Collegiate All-American Team-Signed Football with Ernie Davis and Mike Ditka

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,560

This specially produced MacGregor football, stamped "1960 All American Football Team" has been signed in black ink by seven members of the 1960 All-America Team, including Ernie Davis, who won the Heisman Trophy in 1961. The remaining signatures are those of Mike Ditka, Bob Ferguson, Danny LaRose, Joe Bellino, E. J. Holub, and Thomas Brown. Each player has listed his respective college below his name. All of the signatures, including Davis, are fairly uniform in grade and average "6/7." The signature of Ernie Davis, who was the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy, is one of the rarest and most sought after signatures in football. Following a spectacular career at Syracuse, where he broke all of Jim Brown's rushing records, Davis was selected as the number-one pick by the Washington Redskins in the 1962 NFL Draft (he was also selected by the Buffalo Bills of the AFC). Almost immediately after the draft, Washington traded Davis' rights to the Cleveland Browns, which had visions of him joining Jim Brown to form the most devastating one-two rushing combo in NFL history. Unfortunately, it was not to be. Shortly after signing with Cleveland, Davis was diagnosed with leukemia, which ended his pro career before it even started. Davis passed away just two years later at the age of twenty-four. Because of his tragic and swift demise, Davis' signature is exceedingly rare today and is the scarcest of all Heisman Trophy winners, with the exception of Nile Kinnick. This is only the third Davis signature we have seen on a football and it represents an exceptionally fine example. The MacGregor "FA60" football is moderately underinflated; otherwise it is in Excellent condition overall. Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,560

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