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Lot # 1356 (of 1560)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Vintage 1920s through 1950s Era Green Bay Packers Game-Used Football Equipment

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $1,293

This collection of vintage NFL football gear is most notable for its unique provenance. These items have been consigned directly to this auction by Joe Proski, whose father, John Proski, was a longtime employee of the Green Bay Packers, first as an equipment manager/asst. trainer with the club during the 1920s through the 1950s, and then as Lambeau Field stadium director from 1957 until his retirement in 1975. Joe "Magic Fingers" Proski is a sports celebrity in his own right, as he was an NBA trainer with the Phoenix Suns for thirty-two years (he was with them at the inception of the franchise in 1968) and is a member of the team's famed "Ring of Honor." What is most important to remember regarding this collection is that it is not simply vintage football equipment; every piece offered here was used in an NFL game by a member of the Green Bay Packers. As Proski attests in his accompanying handwritten letter of provenance, "The enclosed items have been with me and my family since the 1920's when my father worked as an Asst. Equip Mgr - Asst. Trainer with Bud Jorgensen, Trainer and Equipment Mgr., with the Green Bay Packers...All football items were worn by Green Bay Packer players." Unfortunately, none of the items can be attributed to any specific player, with the exception of possibly one piece. All of the pieces display heavy use and are in good condition overall. The collection is comprised of the following: 1) Circa 1927 brown leather football helmet manufactured by Stall & Dean (stamped logo on front of helmet). The year 1927 is written on the interior in faded black marker, as are two other notations (illegible). 2) Circa 1929 shoulder pads manufactured by Stall & Dean. The model number "5328" is stamped directly below the manufacturer's name on one of the flaps. The other flap bears the stamped number "17." The number "17" is also stenciled in black on the main body of the pad. Proski notes in his letter that these pads could have possibly been used by Roy Baker, a back out of Southern California, but that attribution is purely speculation. The year "1929" and the name "J. Proski" (twice) are written in faded black marker on the underside of the pads. One small section of the pads, in the area near the back lacing, has torn away from the main body. 3) Circa 1940s black leather football helmet. Complete with original chin strap. No manufacturer's name or logo visible. Missing a portion of the interior padding near the left ear hole. The year "1940," the name "J. Proski," and another name (illegible) are written in faded black marker on the interior. 4) Circa 1940 shoulder pads manufactured by Wilson. The manufacturer's name is stamped on the front of each pad, as is the number "13." 5-6) Circa 1940s knee pads. Two different styles. 7) Circa 1950 black high-top football shoes. "Magnus Athletic Footwear - J. B. Athletic Shoes" label located on the interior tongue. 8) Circa 1940s/1950s black high-top football shoes with mud cleats. Manufactured by Riddell, as stamped on the tongue. Total: 8 items. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,293

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