1961 Official AFL Joe Foss Game Ball – Houston Oilers vs. Oakland Raiders - Mac Speedie Estate

Offered is an Official American Football League (Joe Foss) Game ball from the Houston Oilers' first preseason game in 1961 against the Oakland Raiders. This was from the Second season in AFL history.

This ball originates from the personal collection of Cleveland Browns Hall of Fame wide receiver Mac Speedie when he was an assistant coach with the Houston Oilers under former Cleveland Browns Teammate, Lou Rymkus. The Spalding official American Football League (AFL) ball, which features the stamped facsimile signature of league president Joe Foss, is lettered "1961 Hawaii Houston 48 Oakland 7" in gold paint on a side panel. Houston, the defending AFL champions, trained in Hawaii prior to opening the 1961 season and the Raiders were their first opponent. Mac Speedie joined the Oilers staff as a receivers coach in 1960, but he left the club in mid-season of 1961 after head coach and former teammate Lou Rymkus was fired (Speedie resigned out of loyalty to Rymkus). The ball is slightly deflated and displays wear commensurate with game use, including soiling and abrasions.

Comes with an LOA detailing the provenance and history of this football from the Mac Speedie estate.



Item: 13017

Price: $995.00
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1961 Official AFL Joe Foss Game Ball – Houston Oilers vs. Oakland Raiders - Mac Speedie Estate