Members of the early 1980s Houston Oilers got together for their first-ever card show appearance recently. It was a big success and now one of the items signed that day is raising big money for charity.
Steve Mostyn and his wife Amber, both attorneys, bid against each other in charity auction last week when the helmet, carrying at least a couple dozen signatures of Bum Phillips’ boys. Bidding stopped at $2 million, believed to be the highest price ever paid for a piece of football memorabilia.
The method was all in fun, but the result was a big boost in the effort to build a new residential facility for physically disabled kids.
Mostyn, a trial lawyer who is the president of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association and a major donor to Democratic Party causes in the state, came to Beaumont to lend support. He was recently named one of the 25 most powerful Texans by a statewide magazine.
The two talked about their big buy along with Phillips and his former quarterback, Dan Pastorini, with the KHOU-TV cameras rolling: