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1997 Dan Marino Miami Dolphins Signed Game-Used Road Jersey with LOA from Marino
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $4,406
This extraordinary Miami Dolphins road jersey was worn by Dan Marino on October 19, 1997, in a game against the Baltimore Ravens at Memorial Stadium and is accompanied by a typed-signed letter from Marino in which he attests to its game-worn provenance. Graded a perfect A10 by MEARS. Marino's letter, written on his personal stationery, reads: "This is the jersey I wore during the October 19, 1997 game against the Baltimore Ravens at Baltimore Memorial Stadium. I completed 19 of 27 passes for 189 yards, in a 24-13 Dolphins victory. Sincerely Dan Marino [signed]." The white mesh jersey features the number "13" on the front, reverse and each sleeve. "Marino" is lettered on reverse above the number. All numerals are applied in tricolor aqua/orange/navy tackle twill, while all letters are appliqued in aqua on orange tackle twill. The year and jersey size ("97-54") are printed in black upon a white strip tag in the collar. A "Starter" lable and adjacent "54" size tag appear on the left front tail. Attached to the inner gusset seam are a "Ripon Athletic" tag and a laundry tag. Marino has signed the jersey in silver paint pen (grading "9") on the reverse numeral "1." Both sleeves have been custom cut at Marino's request, which is standard for his game worn jerseys, and aside from that team-executed customization the jersey is original and unaltered. Ideally, this jersey appears to have never been washed following the game and displays moderate wear throughout, including a few light stains and surface marks. This is the first Dan Marino jersey we have ever offered accompanied by a letter from Marino himself. The impeccable provenance of this jersey, not to mention its date-specific use, makes this one of the finest Marino jerseys imaginable. Marino passed for 3,780 yards and 16 touchdowns in 1997. Considered one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history, Marino retired in 1999 as the career leader in pass attempts (8,358), completions (4,967), passing yards (61,361), and touchdown passes (420). Although Brett Favre has just recently broken each of those records, Marino still holds the record for most passing yards in a season (5,084) and most games with 400 or more yards passing (13). He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2005. Graded A10 by MEARS. This is one of only three Dan Marino Miami Dolphins jerseys ever graded A10 by MEARS and the only one accompanied by first-party provenance. This jersey has been consigned to this auction directly from the personal collection/inventory of world-renowned bat and jersey authenticator Troy Kinunen. LOAs from Troy Kinunen/MEARS and James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Reserve $2,000/$4,000. SOLD FOR $4,406
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