The Most Expensive Football Shirt Ever Sold At Auction

Johnny Unitas Uniform Enters The Record Books In GFA’s Summer Games Auction!

Tremendous interest shown in game-used material; extended bidding runs 12+ hours

Price Realized: $118,230
Price Realized: $118,230

WESTHAMPTON, N.Y. – Bidders didn’t give up easily in Grey Flannel’s June 24 Summer Games Auction, which took in more than $2 million dollars in sales of game-worn sports apparel and other gear used by professional sports icons.

“Interest was phenomenal,” said Grey Flannel President Richard Russek. “We recorded more than 7,650 bids in all. When extended bidding kicked in, it became a battle royale. We’ve learned over the years that when sports memorabilia collectors really want something, they don’t go down without a fight because there’s no telling whether or not there will ever be another opportunity to bid on the piece they want.”

Competition ran hot throughout the night, and bidding didn’t conclude until 9 the following morning, Russek said. Three items, in particular, drove the frenzy.

A circa-1960 photo-matched, game-used and autographed Baltimore Colts home uniform worn by the great Johnny Unitas had been entered in the auction with a $10,000 reserve. But “The Golden Arm’s” legend lives long, and the well-worn uniform with impeccable provenance skyrocketed to $118,230. In so doing, it set a record for the most expensive football shirt ever sold at auction.

Vintage, game-used basketball uniforms continued to impress, and individual records were set by jerseys from a golden era when Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell ruled the hardcourt.

A game-used Philadelphia Warriors home uniform that Chamberlain wore in 1961-62 – the season in which he set the NBA single-game scoring record with his legendary 100- point performance – was bid to $130,054. It was the highest price ever paid for a Chamberlain jersey at auction.

An extremely rare, early-1960s Boston Celtics road jersey game-used by the formidable 12-time All-Star and five-time NBA MVP Bill Russell also hit six-figure territory. It sold for a record $118,230.

“It was an exciting night for all of us at Grey Flannel,” said Russek. “Once again, we saw for ourselves how strong the auction market is for well-provenanced, game-used sports memorabilia. It was also very gratifying to see how many new collectors are coming into the hobby and helping it grow.”

To discuss consigning to a future Grey Flannel auction, call 631-288-7800, ext. 223; or email info@greyflannelauctions.com.

 

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FAIR WARNING! Auction Is Winding Down And May Close At Any Time…

Bid Now Before It’s Too Late!

This is your fair warning that our Summer Games auction is winding down and may close at any time without notice. If you have been waiting until the last-minute to get your final bids in, now is the time. There may be no further notice or warning of the auction closing. If you truly have interest in winning a lot we encourage you to place your bids now.

This sale may end earlier than you expect. Thank you to all who participated in another fantastic Grey Flannel auction.

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LOT #174: Circa 1960 Johnny Unitas Baltimore Colts Game-Used & Autographed Home Durene Uniform

 

Extended Bidding Starts Tonight At 9:00 PM EST | Important Bidding Procedure Reminder

Bidding for Grey Flannel Auctions’ highly anticipated Summer Games June 24th Auction closes tonight! 

Please note that our phone lines and servers tend to get very, very busy as we approach our 9:00 PM EST extended bidding cutoff and we recommend not waiting to the last-minute to place your bids.

INITIAL BIDS REMINDER | Initial bids must be placed prior to 9:00 PM EST tonight if you wish to participate in the extended bidding portion of our auction. Once in Extended Bidding, bidding on each lot will be limited to only those bidders who have previously placed their initial bids on that specific lot. For ongoing lots after the close of initial bidding, the 10-minute rule will be put into effect. The 10-minute rule means the auction will not end until there are no bids for the entire auction for a period of 10 minutes. The entire auction will close simultaneously, not one lot at a time.

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LOT #173: 1975-76 Julius “Dr. J” Erving ABA New York Nets Game-Used Home Jersey (Exceedingly Rare • Photomatch • MVP & Championship Season)

 

Auction Closes This Wednesday! Don’t Get Shut Out…

Bidding for Grey Flannel Auctions’ highly anticipated Summer Games June 24th Auction closes this Wednesday!

INITIAL BIDS REMINDER | Initial bids must be placed prior to 9:00 PM EST on Wednesday, June 24th if you wish to participate in the extended bidding portion of our auction. Once in Extended Bidding, bidding on each lot will be limited to only those bidders who have previously placed their initial bids on that specific lot. For ongoing lots after the close of initial bidding, the 10-minute rule will be put into effect. The 10-minute rule means the auction will not end until there are no bids for the entire auction for a period of 10 minutes. The entire auction will close simultaneously, not one lot at a time.

Please note that our phone lines and servers tend to get very, very busy as we approach auction day and we recommend not waiting to the last-minute to place your bids.

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Bidding Is Now Open For Our June 24th Summer Games Catalog

Bidding for Grey Flannel Auctions’ highly anticipated June 24th Summer Games Auction is officially underway! Physical catalogs are in the mail and should begin to arrive shortly.

As our loyal customers have come to expect, this sale will include a wide array of game-used memorabilia, historical artifacts, screen-worn Hollywood collectibles and rare one-of-a-kind autographs. Auction Ends June 24th.

 

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OVERTIME! Online-Only Featured Lots

In addition to the 529 lots featured in the printed catalog, our June 24th Summer Games Auction also features nearly 450 lots that are available online-only.

These late additions can be viewed in our overtime section by clicking here.

Overtime Highlights Include:

 

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