Pawn Stars: Football from First Hall of Fame Game | History


COREY: Hey.
How are you doing? Good.
How about you? COREY: Doing good.
What do we got? I got a game ball from the
first Pro Football Hall of Fame game played in Canton, Ohio. It starts off the
season every year. This is the program from
the 1962 Hall of Fame. COREY: OK. RICK: And this is my ticket
stub to get in the game, which was only $5 at the time. COREY: I think the last
football game I went to, it was double that
for a beer, so. RICK: I came down
to the pawn shop today to sell my
football from the 1962 first Pro Football Hall of Fame
game played in Canton, Ohio. And it’s signed by Y.A. Tittle. I got the ball signed
in 1999 when Y.A. Tittle come to Canton, Ohio. I’d like to sell
this ball for $4,000 today because $4,000 is a lot
of money, and I could use it. COREY: Nice. Where in the world
did you get this? I caught the ball myself. I was 12 years old in
1962 and Y.A. Tittle threw a pass to one of his receivers. And the ball came off
the tips of his hands, hit once, came up
into the stands. I jumped on it. And I come up with
the ball out of there. That’s awesome, man. That’s a really good story. So how did you get
him to sign it? He came to the Hall of Fame
for an autograph session. And I brought the ball and
had him sign it because it came off his fingertips. Definitely a cool story. What do you got here? In ’99 when he signed
the ball, this was our local newspaper article. My last name is Lombardi. COREY: Lombardi’s big catch
has signature with it. OK.
RICK: Yes. What’s this? This is a letter
of authenticity from the Hall of Fame
that shows this is the ball from that night game. RICK: Oh wow. OK. Do you have anything
verifying the signature? RICK: I was there
when he done it. He signed it in front of me. But that’s all I really got. But I mean, that’s
his signature. What are you looking
to do with it, man? I’m actually
looking to sell it. I’ve had it for 52 years. I know the Hall of Fame
would like to have this ball. I brought it in
there and they’d ask me to donate it to them, but– Yeah, I wouldn’t want
to donate it either. – But I’m looking to sell it.
– Any idea? Any number in your head? Well, I would like $4,000. OK Well, you
got a great story. You got some evidence here. But let me have a buddy of mine
come validate the signature. Sure Hey, give me an idea
of what it might be worth. Guy’s one of the best
in the world at it, so. COREY: So we’ve
got apparently game used from the first Hall of
Fame game signed by Y.A. Tittle. Cool.
Great piece of football history. Y.A. Tittle was a
great quarterback in the ’50s, early ’60s. I mean, guy threw seven
touchdowns in one game. There’s only a
few guys that have ever done that in NFL history. We’ve got a program. We’ve got a ticket stub. We’ve got a news article. And we got something statement
from the Hall of Fame here that this was the type
of ball that they used. Everybody’s into
retro football lately. And everybody
loves the old guys. You know, talking about
the Hall of Fame games, I think the first
class was 1963. They still have
that tradition now. And they still play there
in the Hall of Fame. Thing’s such a big deal. The Giants that year,
I think, were 12 wins– 1962. That was about the end of
Tittle’s great run in the NFL. The one thing I do want to
do is look at a few examples of his signature.
– Sure. STEVE: He kept
things really simple. His T went under
and then back over. Usually included his
number, just depending on where he could put it. Everything matches up
pretty well, so no question the signature’s real. Yes. STEVE: About Tittle. He’s been around a lot. It’s funny how you look at
the players of yesteryear. Great players. They sign a lot of autographs. Unfortunately doesn’t
carry a ton of value. But based on everything
that’s here– you’ve got a program
with the ticket, the letter from
the Hall of Fame, your story tying
it all together, the signature is genuine– I think it’s a pretty neat
piece of football memorabilia. So. What do you think it’s worth? STEVE: Can you say
for certain, 100%, that it came from that game? While your story is
great– this stuff helps– it’s still a leap of faith. And I’d still put that
value right about $2000. COREY: Well, Steve. You’re the man, dude.
– All right. Good to see you, man.
Good luck. – Thank you.
– Yeah. Thanks.
Nice piece. There are collectors
that might want that. A Giants fan might want it. I could see someone
that collects stuff from Hall of Fame games. Very limited audience, though. COREY: Give me a number, man.
What are you thinking? What’s the least
you’ll take for it? The least I’ll take
is probably $3,000. COREY: OK. You’ve got a really, really
cool piece of a memory of you and your father at the first
Hall of Fame game back in 1962 I think what I’d
offer you on this would be a little offensive. It’s a $1,000 deal to me. Oh. I couldn’t do that. I need solid,
concrete proof of you catching the ball at the game. I don’t see us
making a deal here. I think honestly– Football Hall
of Fame is where it should go. You agree? – I agree.
– All right. Thanks for coming in. OK. Take care. RICK: I thought the $1,000
was a little bit low. I’ll just give it
to the Hall of Fame.

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