It’s been almost 19 years so the memories have faded a bit but the September 11, 1994 showdown between Joe Montana’s Kansas City Chiefs and Steve Young’s San Francisco 49ers was one of the most hyped matchups of the decade. Dubbed, the “Vindication Bowl” by Sports Illustrated, the game marked Montana’s only career start against the 49ers and the future Hall of Famer who would fill his shoes. Montana had been traded after virtual civil war erupted in the Bay Area over who should quarterback the Niners—the aging Golden Domer or the dual threat from BYU.
Jerseys worn by both Montana and Young from that very game are being reunited in the Goldin Auctions April 5 Auction, which opens next week.
For the record, the Chiefs defeated the 49ers 24-17 behind 203 yards passing and a pair of touchdown passes from Montana. The 49ers would go on to win the Super Bowl that season with Young earning MVP honors. Bidding for the Montana jersey begins at $2500 while bidding for the Young jersey begins at $5000.
Montana signed both sides of the #19 Chiefs home jersey with different inscriptions. Young’s 49ers road jersey from the game is signed by him on the front number “8” in black marker with the added notation “MVP ’94”.
“The fact that Montana saved this jersey for more nearly 20 years shows just how important the game was for him. It’s certainly the most important game he ever played for the Chiefs and one of the 10 most memorable games in his career,” said Ken Goldin, Founder of Goldin Auctions. Several other Montana game-worn pieces are included in the auction.