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Press Release - September 8, 2009
Collectibles from Legendary Cowboys Coach Tom Landry, and others, featured in Dallas Auction
Game-worn jerseys from Staubach and Aikman, the two most beloved Cowboys QBs, part of Oct. 1-2 Heritage Sports Memorabilia auction
DALLAS, TX -- A Tom Landry game-worn fedora, sported regally on the sidelines of Texas stadium during the 1980s by the legendary Dallas Cowboys coach, will be featured in the Oct. 1-2 Signature® Sports Memorabilia Auction at Heritage Auction Galleries. The hat is just part of an impressive trove of Cowboys' memorabilia that will certainly have die-hards of America's Team keenly attuned to the early October event at Heritage's Uptown Dallas headquarters.
"Tom Landry represents everything hallowed about the 1970s and 1980s glory days of the Cowboys," said Chris Ivy, Director of Sports Auctions at Heritage, "and there was no symbol more emblematic of those amazing teams than Landry's iconic fedora."
Along with Coach Landry's stylish 7-3/8s Churchill, Ltd. Gray hat, Heritage will also be offering a 1970s-era Coach Landry game-used clipboard complete with handwritten plays and coaching whistle, making a complete suite of game-used Landry memorabilia and an enticing grouping for any coach or fan aspiring to the greatness achieved by Dallas's favorite head coach.
A game-used jersey worn by Roger Staubach and an early 1990s game-used uniform from Troy Aikman - easily the two most-beloved Dallas Cowboy quarterbacks - are being offered in compliment to the Landry lots, and will be yet another reason for Cowboy fans to keep a close eye on the early October auction.
"The Staubach jersey is from the early '70s," said Ivy. "It's a version of the dark blue uniform worn by the cowboys mostly as road-jerseys during that part of the decade. Since the dark blue jerseys were worn with much less frequency than the home white there is much less wear and tear on this shirt than you might otherwise find, which makes it all the more desirable."
Troy Aikman's circa 1992 game-used uniform comes to Heritage in fantastic shape and is a hard-to-find relic from the beginning of the 1990s Cowboy dynasty, of which Aikman was arguably the biggest part.
"Aikman may well be the one Cowboy player able to rival Staubach in terms of fan adoration," said Ivy. "This uniform bears the battle scars of those intense 1990s-era battles that saw the team dominate like no other."
A handful of other impressive Cowboys memorabilia, all hearkening back to the championship eras of the 1970s and 1990s, complete the team offerings in the Heritage Auction. Highlights include:Early 1970's Bob Lilly Game Worn Jersey: The vision of Hall of Famer Bob Lilly chasing down Bob Griese, for an NFL-record 29-yard sack in Super Bowl VI, will surely be flowing through collectors' minds as they take a look at this noteworthy catalog listing. Not only was the Tulane Stadium crowd fortunate to see that famous play, but the fans also got to witness Lilly and Dallas' widely-feared "Doomsday Defense" during that Championship contest. One of the most dominant defensive linemen ever, Lilly used this jersey, which was worn during the early 1970s. A solid representation worn by the Cowboys' first ever draft pick. Estimate: $4,000-$6,000. 1993 Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl XXVIII Championship Ring: The second of three Super Bowl Championships in a four-year period. This dazzling ring was awarded to a staff member working in the service of one of professional football's greatest dynasties, an unstoppable machine featuring Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin. The ring announces "Dallas Cowboys" on the face, along the perimeter of a faux diamond-studded football at center. Left shank pictures the logo of Super Bowl XXVIII, a pair of Lombardi Trophies, and the words, "World Champions, Back to Back." Right shank features a miniature Cowboys Stadium, the NFL logo, and the identity of the former owner. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000. 1980s-1990s Dallas Cowboys Hall of Famers & Legends Signed Helmet: More than 35 flawless blue sharpie signatures from some of the most notable stars in gridiron plaster the shell of this ProLine Dallas Cowboys helmet. Among the legendary names: Aikman, Landry, Schramm, Renfro, Adderley, Lee Roy Jordan, Howley, Walls, Too Tall Jones, Lilly, Dorsett, Perkins, Pearson, Wright, Morton, Herb Scott and more. Not a flaw to be found, and plenty of room to add more. Estimate: $1,500-$2,000.
Heritage Sports Collectibles specializes in rare and collectible sports cards, as well as uniforms, equipment, and related vintage sports memorabilia. Consignments for future Signature Sports Auctions are currently being accepted. Prospective consignors or sellers of quality vintage sports cards and sports memorabilia are encouraged to contact:
For more information, or to consign material to this or another auction, contact Chris Ivy at 800-872-6467 Ext. 1319 or email: CIvy@HA.com
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