Landing! Couple find Vince Lombardi jacket that could fetch $ 20,000
A couple from Tennessee scored big when they unknowingly bought a West Point jacket worn by football legend Vince Lombardi for just 58 cents.
The team-issued sweater is now in the hands of Heritage Auctions, and the Dallas-based auction house expects a winning bid of at least $ 10,000.
Chris Nerat, director of consignments at Heritage, said the estimate is very conservative.
“At this point, with all the media attention, it could be over $ 20,000. I have little doubt about that, ”Nerat told FOXBusiness.com, adding that a bidding war would easily drive the price even higher. “It’s a famous article now. This is the West Point jacket that everyone has heard of.
Sean and Nikki McEvoy found Lombardi’s jacket last June at a Goodwill thrift store in West Asherville, NC, according to ABC News. In December, the McEvoys realized what they had in their possession after watching an HBO documentary that showed Lombardi wearing the same West Point sweater.
They checked the tag on the inside of the jacket. It reads: “Lombardi 46”.
The Canton, Ohio Pro Football Hall of Fame wanted the jacket, but the McEvoys chose to sell it instead. The jacket has been authenticated by MEARS and sent to Heritage for auction.
Lombardi’s West Point jacket, lot 80088, will go up for auction on February 21 without reservation. Online auctions are already open on the Heritage website, and the current bid is $ 7,000.
Lombardi, whose name adorns the trophy awarded to each year’s Super Bowl champion, arrived at West Point as an assistant coach for the 1949 season. He coached the Army Black Knights during the 1953 season. he joined the New York Giants from the NFL.
The Hall of Fame coach is widely known for his time with the Green Bay Packers, who hired Lombardi as their head coach in 1959. In nine seasons, Lombardi led the Packers to five NFL titles followed by wins in the Super Bowls I and II.
Nerat called the West Point jacket a unique find, noting how very few Lombardi items worn by the game have surfaced. The article has been viewed over 46,000 times online, a new record for any sports memorabilia ever offered by Heritage.
Heritage used to sell golf clubs that Lombardi used at a celebrity tournament. Lombardi’s autographs and original photographs are more common.
“I’m a guy from Green Bay Packer. I could never have dreamed that something like this would turn out, ”Nerat said.