Fans and collectors bid carefully in the live auction conducted at the NFL Experience on Saturday.
Recent Super Bowl game memorabilia and game-worn Chargers jerseys seemed to be the best sellers at the 2009 Super Bowl auction conducted during the NFL Experience in Tampa Saturday.
310 lots were offered in the sale conducted by Hunt Auctions and the NFL. Perhaps reflecting the less than stellar economy, 74 lots went unsold including a vintage Norm Van Brocklin Rams helmet, John Elway, Brett Favre and Gale Sayers game-worn jerseys and a run of 37 Super Bowl full tickets from past games.
Participants seemed to gravitate toward some recent game-used Super Bowl memorabilia, rarely offered at public sale. The auction even included the game ball that kicked off last year’s Super Bowl XLII between the Giants and Patriots. It sold for $6095 which included a 15% buyer’s premium. The silverplate coin with 24k gold highlights used for the pre-game coin toss in the same game brought $3450.
The auction also included a number of game-worn jerseys from current and past eras. Several San Diego Chargers jerseys, used in the team’s game with the Stains played in London were sold along with others worn by the team in the January 3 playoff game and during a regular season game four weeks earlier. Two LaDainian Tomlinson jerseys were in that group; one selling for $6210 and the other for $5980. Phillip Rivers’ twice-worn jersey sold for $3680.
Topping the auction was a 1960s professional model Johnny Unitas helmet which sold for $27,600 and a 1960s Jim Brown game-worn Cleveland Browns jersey nailed down for $18,400.
Other auction sales included:
- 1920s-30s Executioner style football helmet $8625
- Notre Dame football helmet attributed to Johnny Lattner $6325
- Boston/Washington Redskins 1930s wool pullover jacket $5750
- Autographed 1980s Joe Montana helmet $5175
- 1989 Miami Hurricanes championship ring $3565