While their four straight championships in the upstart All-America Football Conference (1946-1949) may not have impressed the NFL, the Cleveland Browns immediately made a lasting impression upon their merger into the established circuit, winning the NFL title in their inaugural season and winning steadily until the mid-1970s. Under the tutelage of Paul Brown, the franchise authored an impressive ledger of seven championship game appearances, three titles and 12 winning seasons in the Hall of Fame mentor’s 13-year tenure. This “Wilson” football is autographed by (30) members of the 1962 installment, the club’s last under Brown’s Guidance. The vintage Paul Hornung signature model showcases black ballpoint pennings that take well to the dimpled surface, averaging (“8”) strength and clarity. Headlining the scriptings is that of Ernie Davis the first-ever black player to win the Heisman Trophy. Dealt to the Browns in December 1961, Davis (d.1963) was diagnosed with leukemia in 1962 and would never play a professional game. Additional signatures include: Brewer, Jo. Brown, P. Brown (coach), Clarke, Collins, Costello, Fiss, Fleming, Franklin, Gain, Glass, Green, Groza, Hickerson, Kreitling, Lucci, McCormack, Morrow, Parrish, Peters, R. Renfro, Scales, Schafrath, Shofner, Shorter, Tidmore, Wiggin, Wilson and Wooten. Full photo LOA from JSA. This item has a reserve (estimated value: $3000-$6000)
Note: the Jim Brown signature has been deemed a clubhouse version by JSA. Additionally, the ball does not completely inflate, yet presents well.
The description has been amended from our catalog version to reflect that Ernie Davis was dealt to the Browns in 1961, not 1959.