Champions in their respective sporting arenas, two 1960s franchises are represented on these rare team photo pennants. Includes:
1963 American League Champion New York Yankees: a blue felt full-size banner with a script-style “Yankees” in white applique and an applique “frame” featuring the club’s top hat logo and pennant-lined wrought iron façade images. Adhered to the back to display through a window on the left side, a 5x7” color photo shows the team posing along the third base line at Yankee Stadium. Printed player identifiers (including Berra, Ford, Mantle and Maris) are printed on the reverse. The white spine and original red tassels remain intact. With tiny (nearly indiscernible) holes from previous display, the Bronx keepsake is an incredibly scarce example and presents beautifully with applique near 100% and the crisp team photo affected by only a minor crease.
1965 AFL Champion Buffalo Bills: a full-size blue felt gonfalon with “Buffalo Bills” in crack-free white applique and a 5x7” color photo of the team in a four-tier pose at War Memorial Stadium. Adhered to the back and displayed through a window on the pennant’s left side, the crease-free photo features printed identifiers on the reverse, as well as a photo credit from a Tonawanda, New York studio. Featured in the photo is head coach Lou Saban and quarterbacks Jack Kemp and Daryle Lamonica. The white spine is intact, as are the upper red tassels (the lower tassels are missing). Accenting the piece is an applique AFL logo. With tiny pinholes from previous display and age-induced color fading, the rare gridiron survivor presents nicely and represents an oft-forgotten champion that extended a streak that year to a record 17 consecutive games without allowing a rushing touchdown!