Johnny Unitas 1958 Championship Jacket
Appraised Value: $40,000 - $60,000 (2007)
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Appraisal Video: (2:39)
GUEST: This is John Unitas's jacket.
APPRAISER: The significance of that 1958 game, I think it's important. The first NFL game to go into sudden death overtime. One of the first to be nationally televised. And the fact that it's John Unitas's jacket makes it special.
GUEST: Mm-hmm. He was a friend of the family's. He would come over our house when we lived in Towson. I was about ten, eleven years old at the time. Of course all my friends would come over. They'd all bring their football. John would just be standing around looking at us. He was, like, six-two, something like that. He'd take the ball and start padding like this and acting like he was going to throw it. And we're just standing there looking at him. It's like the dream come true, you know? It was, and got to know him through the years.
APPRAISER: Great guy, he had a great sense of humor. He exuded confidence at all times. And he's an icon. Probably the most important person in pro-football history, or one of them certainly. The Colts, of course, won as you said, in sudden death overtime, 23-17, versus the New York Giants. They won the championship. They also won it the next year, 1959. They did. Two in a row. And this, as you said, is Johnny U's jacket. Here we have... first, this wonderful patch, which states clearly, "World Champions 1958." Here is his name stitched in, "John Unitas." And here, we have in the pocket, another tag. Manufacturer's tag.
GUEST: Is that what that is, a manufacturer's tag?
APPRAISER: It is indeed. It says, "John Unitas." And it has his size. And it's in pretty remarkable shape.
GUEST: Is it?
APPRAISER: Yeah, you seldom see things from this era this nice. And it's very rare to find anything of his. And it's certainly amongst the most desirable. Well, I would conservatively estimate it at $40,000 to $60,000 for auction.
APPRAISER: And who knows where it would go. Baltimore Colts memorabilia is incredibly desirable. Of course, you know, the Colts kind of broke the hearts of this city, you know, when they left. And it's a remarkable piece.
APPRAISER: When you pulled the jacket out, I saw it, I was like, "Wow, that's a championship jacket. How great is that?" When you showed me Johnny Unitas's name, I almost fell on the floor. That's even better.
GUEST: It's amazing.
APPRAISER: It's truly wonderful, so congratulations. What a wonderful piece to have.
GUEST: And it's going to stay in the family.
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