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1966-1969 Spalding J5-V Model AFL Football - Milt Woodard Facsimile Signature "No-Stripe" Type

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Over the years, many rivals have sprung up to challenge established major sports leagues for fan support, or in some cases big money from TV, and while many have tried, few have thrived. In the history of football, the most successful upstart to date is the AFL. Manned with top level players and headed by determined executives, the AFL was so competitive in the 1960s, that it forced a merger with the NFL. Give thanks for the league that made the Super Bowl a thing, with this 1966-1969 Spalding J5-V model AFL football. This "no-stripe" type features a facsimile signature of league president Milt Woodard, located to the right of the AFL logo. A rare and hardy survivor, this rare AFL ball retains a pleasing shape and shows moderate signs of use/wear, including several abrasions. Among its possible uses, this counterpart to "The Duke" is cited as the sans white accent stripes Woodard model employed by AFL squads during the first three NFL-AFL Championship Games, aka the "Super Bowl", and we can only wonder who had their hands on this particular ball. 


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