We had some fun last week listing some of the more interesting AFL-related auctions being run on eBay. Several more interesting items have been listed this week. Here is a look at some of my favorites…
Babe Parilli’s 1968 New York Jets Award – The 1968 Jets were arguably the most important of AFL teams, as they were the firs to defeat and NFL franchise in a Super Bowl. Joe Namath made his famous guarantee, the Jets upset the Colts, and a legend was made. This clock was awarded to Jets players after that famed game. You would think that anything related that historic contest would be hotly chased by collectors, but this clock has come up for auction several times, and gone unsold each time. I can only guess that the relatively-high opening bid, combined with the somewhat unattractive style, and minimal AFL markings combine to make this clock unattractive to collectors.
1966 Jets vs. Raiders unused tickets – Ticket stubs are desirable pieces, and are often bid up by collectors. This auction features two full, unused tickets, in the original mailing envelope. The Jets and Raiders are two of the favorite AFL teams, both with great fan following. I would expect this lot to get bid up into the $150-$200 range, or higher.
Lamar Hunt autographed football – Lamar Hunt, the founding father of the American Football League, passed away in 2006. Mr. Hunt was generous with fans, and willingly signed autographs. For that reason there is still a ready supply available to collectors. While a single-signed professional football is a desirable piece, I would be surprised if this ball is actually sold for the $499 purchase price. I can’t what type of pen was used to sign this ball, but I don’t care for the greenish hue (though that could just be the glare from the camera flash). Also, the position of the signature does not allow for the ball to be displayed in a way to show the official stamping and signature at the same time. Great signature, nice ball, but just not the best application.
Frank Buncom game worn Bengals jersey – This jersey is making its second appearance on eBay in the past 12 months. I believe the first time it sold in the $750 range. This is a nice piece, though it would benefit from having the original nameplate. Any game-worm AFL material is of interest to collectors, but the $1,250 price tag may be a bit steep on this one.
Super Bowl II game program – Here is a nice program from the Oakland Raiders first trip to the Super Bowl. The program appears to be in nice condition, and the $0.99 opening bid is nice. Reserve auctions can sometimes discourage bidding, but I would expect there to be bidder interest in this piece.