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Jim Brown Cleveland Browns jersey auctioned for $78,000

November 3, 2017

Jim Brown Cleveland Browns jersey auctioned for $78,000

CLEVELAND, Ohio – A Cleveland Browns jersey worn by Jim Brown has sold at auction for $78,000.

The jersey, sold via New Jersey-based Robert Edward Auctions, was among 2,780 items that sold with proceeds topping $10 million. It is estimated to be from 1962-63.

MEARS – Memorabilia Evaluation and Research Services – gave the jersey its highest rating. The No. 32 jersey still has its original crotch strap. The straps were often removed, the auction house says.

Reserve bid was $25,000, and the auction house estimated it would go for a minimum $50,000.

Brown, regarded by many as the best at his position in the history the game, played nine years, entirely in Cleveland. In 1963, he rushed for a career-high 1,863 yards, averaging 133 per game.

Other items that sold in the auction, which ended Oct. 29, include a Babe Ruth rookie card ($600,000), 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle rookie card ($132,000) and a ticket to the first Super Bowl ($54,000).

Robert Edward Auctions says a signed letter from the original owner, Dave Nemeth, addresses the jersey’s origins: “Nemeth ... relates how his father obtained the jersey in the early 1960s directly from the truck driver who regularly transported the Cleveland Browns’ uniforms from Municipal Stadium to the local laundry company.” Citing the letter, the auction house says the jersey has been in Nemeth’s family “since approximately 1963.”
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