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collector of sports jerseys and vintage football cards. victim of the ‘greater fool’ theory.

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Game-Used Bowl Jersey, Tebow Uppercut Edition

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Submitted for the approval of the Mantel society is this game-used jersey of Alex Carrington from the 2010 Senior Bowl. Carrington was a defensive lineman from Arkansas State who used his Senior Bowl invite as an opportunity to get attention from scouts prior to the NFL draft. His efforts paid off, as his performance nudged him up to the 72nd overall pick that year. He went on to play six seasons in the NFL, mostly for the Bills.

I love game-used memorabilia that tells a story or captures an interesting moment. For this reason, I knew I had to snag this jersey when I found a photo of Carrington uppercutting Tim Tebow during the game - an image that became one of Sports Illustrated’s photos of the week. In an age when NFL prospects skip high-tier bowl games to avoid injuries, it feels like ancient history to see one of the greatest college football players ever take snaps in a showcase bowl game. Tebow was battling strep throat that week - I highly doubt this haymaker aided in his recovery.

Even without documentation, it’s safe to assume that this jersey is authentic and game-worn, considering that Under Armor likely didn’t make multiple jerseys for one bowl game and nobody’s bootlegging an Alex Carrington jersey. Even so, I found a game photo that clearly demonstrates the red mark on the front #6 and the loose thread that hangs below the Under Armor logo. Conclusive evidence is always nice.

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Xtreme Photomatching

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One of my favorite pieces of sports memorabilia is this signed game-used L.A. Xtreme jersey of Errick “E-Rupt” Herrin from the XFL’s flagship 2001 season. Herrin was a former US Marine and USC linebacker who thought he would erupt in the XFL (and thus the nickname).

He had a huge game in the infamous double-OT showdown against the Chicago Enforcers that pushed back SNL’s start time past midnight. Although he went on to have a productive season, injuries limited his eruption and he didn’t dress for the “Million Dollar Game”.

Being a collector who needs proof that his jerseys were actually game-used - and being a single guy with no kids - I spent a weekend combing through XFL game footage on YouTube in an attempt to photomatch the jersey. Just when I was starting to conclude that the hours spent watching busted plays and dropped passes were a total loss, Herrin could be seen walking in front of a sideline shot of QB Tommy Maddox in the Week 8 telecast against the Las Vegas Outlaws, giving a clear view of the prominent dirt stain on the jersey’s lettering. Eat your heart out, MeiGray.

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Modern-Day Gladiator Tunic

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I stumbled across this game-used jersey of former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Auden Tate while scrolling through eBay last year. The jersey, which is torn up the side and across both collars, was advertised as having been “ripped during the game”. I knew right away that it must’ve had an intriguing backstory.

I began scouring Google for anything I could find related to the origin game in 2019 and discovered articles about Tate experiencing a scary neck injury in a game against the Raiders. Late in the game Tate caught a third-down pass and was hit in the back by a defender, causing his nick to bend forward unnaturally. The game was stopped for ten minutes while Tate was stabilized on a spineboard and carted off the field. A close examination of the jersey’s rips demonstrate that they were made by a pair of scissors that the medical staff used to remove the jersey during treatment without disturbing his neck. Fortunately the injury turned out to be just a scare and Tate was back on the field two weeks later.

Long story short, after some eBay haggling the jersey arrived in my mailbox and it’s safe to say that it’s my favorite collectible that I’ve ever owned. I love memorabilia that tells a story, and this one speaks of a modern-day gladiator who put his life on the line for a winless team in the Coliseum (L.A., of course).

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