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Lot # 368: 1925 Red Grange, "Famous Uniform Number 77 Retired by Illinois" Early Memorabilia Photo

Category: Football

Starting Bid: $25.00

Bids: 23 (Bid History)

Time Left: Auction closed
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Item was in Auction "February Collectors Auction 2023",
which ran from 1/27/2023 9:00 PM to
2/18/2023 8:00 PM

Today the act of "retiring" a jersey is common, but this photograph from 1925 might be the first time a uniform number was permanently put out of commission in the history of sports. The image shows Red Grange as he packed up his belongings and headed to the NFL and showed off the famous jersey for photographers. The back paper caption noted that the University was placing the jersey among it's trophies and the number would never be worn again! Despite some wear and damage to the upper left and right borders, the image itself is clean and clear. Issued by Underwood and Underwood and this represents the only example of this photograph we have ever seen. There is artistic painting over the number 77 which looks great but could be removed if you desire.

Size: 6.25x8.5
Designation: Vintage 1
Condition: 1.5/5
Quality: 5/5
Overall Grade: 6.5/10

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