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Post  cravnravn on 2/24/2007, 1:36 am

Unitas memorabilia items auctioned for $165,370
QB's helmet, Colts contract among 10 pieces purchased by anonymous bidder
The Associated Press
Originally published February 23, 2007, 10:40 PM EST
EXTON, Pa. // A helmet worn by John Unitas in the 1960s sold for $54,050, and the quarterback's first contract with the Baltimore Colts drew a bid of $29,900 at an auction of sports memorabilia Friday night.

There were 10 items associated with Unitas up for auction. An anonymous bidder purchased all of them for a total of $165,370, including a 15 percent buyer's fee.

The vintage helmet was worn by Unitas during his Hall of Fame career with the Colts. He handed it to John Ziemann, then a member of the Baltimore Colts Band, while walking off the field during the final game of a season.

"Johnny told me they were getting new helmets next season, so he gave me that one," Ziemann said recently.

The helmet has a two-bar facemask, a blue horseshoe on each side and the Nos. 1 and 9 on the back separated by a blue stripe.

Ziemann sold the helmet to a collector, who put subsequently put it up for auction. It became the featured item at the two-day event run by David Hunt, president of Hunt Auctions.

Unitas earned $7,500 during his rookie season, about one-fourth the total of the winning bid on the valuable document.

The four-page contract, an original copy signed by Unitas and his mother on Jan. 31, 1956, was sold by the family of the late Don Kellett, then the Colts' general manager who kept it in his files.

A sterling silver tea service presented to the quarterback after the Colts won the 1959 world championship sold for $23.000. Also, the belts Unitas received in 1959 and 1964 as a finalist for the S. Rae Hickok Professional Athlete of the Year Award garnered bids of $8,050 apiece.

Unitas retired in 1973 and died of a heart attack in 2002 at age 69. Memorabilia associated with the quarterback becomes more valuable with each passing year.



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Unitas retired in 1973 and died of a heart attack in 2002 at age 69. Memorabilia associated with the quarterback becomes more valuable with each passing year.

This brings a warm feeling in my heart..Damn, wonder how much my autographed Jersey, Football, Helmet is going to fetch my kids when I check out?
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Post  dblshockpwr on 2/24/2007, 10:53 am

It was Jimmy Irsay that bought it Cravn... LOL
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Post  cravnravn on 2/24/2007, 12:11 pm

Wonder how much artwork he sold for that ohshit
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Post  dblshockpwr on 2/25/2007, 10:07 am

cravnravn wrote:Wonder how much artwork he sold for that ohshit

Probably not much.... His proceeds from being the SB champion owner probably covered it pretty easily...
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