Thursday, December 1, 2011

Auction Gold - 1940s Larry Craig Jersey

The current Lelands Auction features this game-worn beauty:

Back before Aaron Rodgers was leading the Packers to Super Bowl titles, Hall of Fame running back and defensive back Larry Craig guided Green Bay to two NFL championships, perhaps while sporting this very game-worn jersey from the 1940s. 100% original and in great condition, the uniform bears Craig's number 54 on the front and back in gold while an O'Shea Knitting Mill tag is in the collar. There's a Size 44 tag sewn inside the crotch piece. There's nice use and evidence of several team repairs. In short, this is one of the nicest vintage football jerseys that you will ever lay eyes on. A six-time All-Pro, Craig holds the dubious distinction of being one of the first two players fined by the NFL league office for fighting.
Another fine look at Lambeau's classic uniform. Like most examples from this era, the jersey buttons at the crotch. Note also that the yoke extends lower on the back than it does on the jersey's front, and the larger back numbers.

Like other examples we've seen, this was manufactured by O'Shea Knitting Mills in Chicago.

Craig played for the Packers from 1939-49. This jersey fits neatly in that window. And, as the auction description mentions, he was one of the first two players fined by the league for fighting. In the fourth quarter of a game in 1941, he got into what the Milwaukee Journal called "a couple of fist fights" with halfback Henry Soar of the New York Football Giants. Those fight fights cost the men $25 each.

Bidding on this jersey opened at $2,000 and continues through December 16, 2011 at 9:00 PM EST. This would be the centerpiece of some lucky Packer fan's collection.

UPDATED 10/17/2011: The hammer price for this jersey was $9,189.94. Including bidder's premium, that means a final sale price of $10,981.98.

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