While Pete Maravich dazzled fans on the basketball court, a game-worn uniform Pistol Pete wore while playing for the New Orleans Jazz in the 1970s is sure to garner attention in the current Ask Memorabilia Expert BidAMI Auctions sale.
This is the first authentic game-used Maravich game-used jersey and shorts to come onto the auction block. The jersey has sand-knit tagging from the mid-1970s to early 1980s. The tagging and style is consistent with other Jazz jerseys from that timeframe.
Another game-worn item in the auction that will gather plenty of attention is a game-worn sideline sweater Abner Haynes wore while a member of the Kansas City Chiefs.
The sweater is a perfect representation of the rare sideline sweater worn by Haynes, who played for the Chiefs from 1960-62, and 1964. The only flaw with the heavy zipper-front sweater is that the white tackle twill “Chiefs” on the back and the number “28” on the left sleeve are very faintly toned yellow by age. The sweater includes a Sand-Knit” label inside the collar, listing size 50.
Although selected in the fifth round (55th overall) of the 1960 NFL draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers, Haynes chose to play for the AFL’s Dallas Texans, signing his contract with the team under the goal posts of Kidd Field after the 1959 Sun Bowl. Haynes led the AFL in rushing attempts, yards, and touchdowns in its first year. Haynes’ father, a minister, advised that the young man play in the AFL after Buddy Parker and Bobby Layne of the Steelers made a drunken visit to Haynes’ house.
Haynes helped popularize the AFL in 1960 when he was the fledgling league’s first Player of the Year, and its first Rookie of the Year. He captured the AFL’s first rushing crown with 875 yards, and also led the Texans in receiving, punt returns, and kickoff returns. Haynes spent three years in Dallas and two with the same franchise when it became the Kansas City Chiefs in 1963. The Chiefs and the North Texas Eagles both retired his number 28 in honor of his many achievements.
Non-sport collectors will have their eye on a screen-worn jacket worn by Michael Landon for the television show “Bonanza.” Presented is a green jacket worn by Landon’s character Little Joe Cartwright. Landon was involved in telethons for the March of Dimes. In the early-mid ’60s, he MC’d a telethon at the Civic Center in McAllen, Texas located in the Rio Grande Valley. Landon donated this jacket he was wearing to the telethon, which was also worn in the popular television series. This was confirmed by Michael Godoy from the Burbank Studios prop department. The jacket originated from the high bidder of the auction that was held by the telethon.
The jacket is a forest green corduroy style, which he was known for wearing in the series. The button path is decorated with three custom leather accented fasteners (buttons). Those three buttons are tassels with the bottom one missing. There is an interior pocket.
Provenance photos are shown from the time Landon was at the event wearing the jacket.
Bidding ends Feb. 9.
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