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Joe Namath Autographed 1965 Sports Illustrated Magazine with 1st Cover Appearance - Beckett Certified

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One of the great nicknames in the world of sports is directly attributed to this Sports Illustrated issue dated 7/19/65. Following a stellar career at Alabama, Joe Namath had his choice of signing with the Cardinals of the NFL or the Jets of the AFL. Namath chose the latter for a record pro football salary and also so he wouldn’t have to skip playing in the Orange Bowl. Marking Namath's first SI cover appearance, this stylish issue sees the Jets rookie QB posed in front of the bright lights of Broadway, with a faux neon sign caption that reads “Football Goes Show Biz”. Upon viewing this glitzy cover, Jets teammate Sherman Plunkett slapped Namath with his “Broadway Joe” moniker, which was eaten up by the media and the public. Published during SI’s condition sensitive “Dark Print Era”, this coveted publication rates as a solid (VG-EX) example. This issues also holds an important ranking as #15 on the SI “hardest to find” list and for the crowning touch, Namath has signed boldly in silver at bottom right, with ("9-10") potency and has also included the inscription "HOF 85". Beckett COA/sticker.


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