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Joe Namath rookie Jets jersey to be auctioned

The rookie jersey of New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath is among several items to be auctioned by Grey Flannel Auctions on behalf of the family of the late Herb Norman, the former equipment manager of the New York Jets and the New York Mets.

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“This is one of the most historically significant football pieces to ever hit the market,” Michael Russek, the director of operations at Grey Flannel Auctions, told SCD. “Hobby fresh and photo-matched to multiple games from his rookie campaign, this jersey is likely to set an industry record. We are excited to see how the market reacts to a piece of this magnitude.”

The jersey will be part of the Summer Games Catalog auction that begins May 25 and ends June 10.

Norman has kept Namath’s rookie jersey for more than 50 years, along with other mementos from his time as trainer, which included being with the 1969 Jets during their Super Bowl victory and the 1973 Mets in their loss in the World Series.

The 1965 game-used Joe Namath AFL Jets jersey was gifted directly to Norman’s son by the Hall of Famer himself. The jersey has been authenticated by and is the earliest known example to enter the market.

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Also on auction will be Norman’s 1969 Jets Super Bowl III ring and 1973 Mets National League Championship ring.

Other auction items:

  • 1911 Frank "Home Run” Baker Philadelphia Athletics Home Run Trophy Baseball.
  • 1966-67 Rick Barry San Francisco Warriors game-used "Cable Car" Durene jersey (exceedingly rare style, only worn early in sophomore season).
  • Turn of the Century Cabinet Cards, including Hall of Famers Charles Radbourn and John Clarkson (consigned by The Hardy Richardson Estate.)
  • Early 1970s Walt Frazier New York Knicks game-used jersey (sourced from head trainer).
  • 2003-04 Upper Deck "Exquisite Collection" Basketball unopened Hobby Box.
  • New York Nets ABA World Champions banner that hung in the Nassau Coliseum rafters.
  • Absolutely Stunning Babe Ruth autographed B&W 8x10 photo (full JSA).