Stop the presses - the Monsters of the Midway are actually making head lines in February. It's not Super Bowl hype, although Lovie Smith is headed in the right direction. No, it's the greatest Dick Butkus game-used specimen ever offered at auction. This phenomonal jersey is a medium-weight cotton durene blend with embedded sleeve stripes, long sleeves and reinforced elliptical supports - all reeking of 60’s gridiron beauty. The classic two-colored numerals are dead-on with their uniquely-fonted round curves - appropriate for Bears jerseys dating back a half century. The ultra-high placement of the back numerals (1/2” below the major horizontal transverse seam) defines this superb garment to the pre-1970 period. The lower-left front tail sports the "Kings O’Shea" 1960’s label, identifying (size) "48", which is within the proper parameters for Butkus gamers. The numerals demonstrate softness and puckering, and the lower right corner of the front numeral “1” shows a small repair, in addition to numerous repairs appearing at the shoulders and upper arms, some of which have reinforced backing on the interior. Butkus may have played only nine NFL seasons, but he made eight Pro Bowls, the 'All-Time NFL 75th Anniversary' team, and is widely considered the most precious, if not greatest, defensive player of all time. An early '70’s Butkus with name-on-back might approach this treasure aesthetically. But somehow, Butkus seems a figure of the '60’s. We conger reveries of #51 in midnight navy and orange patrolling the trenches between the wide hash marks, exacting impact, with ferocity in his eyes… he was that dominant…and his #51 jersey is that beautiful.
Certificate No: 15629 Issued: Jan 16, 2005 Est. Value: $40,703
Authentition: 100% Authentic Team