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Old 10-23-2009, 11:24 AM   #1
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Default Game-Worn Jim Brown Syracuse Helmet Up for Bid

Game-Worn Jim Brown Syracuse Helmet Up for Bid

Game-worn Jim Brown Syracuse helmetThe only game-worn Jim Brown helmet to ever hit the market turns out to be a lid from his legendary college career.

It sat undisturbed for years, but now what may be the 'holy grail' of college football helmets is on the auction block.

Game Used Universe is offering what is believed to be legendary running back Jim Brown's last Syracuse football helmet in its latest auction. The helmet carries a minimum bid of $25,000.

The helmet was boxed and put away in the attic of a Syracuse home for 45 years before it was obtained by the consignors eight years ago. In recent years, it had been on loan to the College Football Hall of Fame.

The helmet was originally given to the father of a young Syracuse family by a close friend of former SU Head Coach Ben Schwartzwalder shortly after the 1956 season. It was a gift to an expectant father, who put it away for what he thought might be his new son, but instead turned out to be a bouncing baby girl. The helmet stayed tucked away where it remained until the daughter, now caring for her elderly father, discovered it just where he had put it more than four decades earlier.

Jim Brown in action

"Jim Brown/44" is written in aged ink inside the helmet, with a manufacturer's date stamp indicating a 1956 build. It's believed other notations inside as well as extra padding common to the era indicate the helmet was recycled and issued to an incoming freshman player after Brown graduated.

Jim Brown with helmetBrown's Syracuse career was capped by a 1957 Cotton Bowl victory in which he ran for yardage, passed for yardage, returned kickoffs, returned punts, kicked off, kicked extra points and played defense while earning 21 of Syracuse's 27 points and MVP honors. Prior to the 1957 Cotton Bowl game, Brown finished the regular season of his senior year with a performance for the ages in which he scored six touchdowns and kicked seven extra points.

He continued his football career with the Cleveland Browns and remains on a short list of the NFL's all-time greatest running backs. The GUU auction includes hundreds of pieces of authentic sports memorabilia.

Bidding closes November 12.

Here is the direct link to the article from Sports Collectors Daily

Game-Worn Jim Brown Syracuse Helmet Up for Bid | Sports Collecting News, Memorab#@-#@Sports Collectors Daily
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