Monday, December 12, 2011

Auction Gold - Jim Taylor's 1960s travel blazer

The current Leland's auction brings us another look at Packers history, this time the blazer worn by Hall of Fame fullback Jim Taylor on team trips.


Hall of Fame fullback Jim Taylor spent nine of his 10 pro seasons with the Green Bay Packers, and he wore this official team travel blazer during his later years, as per the edict by legendary coach Vince Lombardi, who insisted his players look dapper on all road trips. It is signed in silver ink on the front, with "HOF 1976" under his name. The black jacket features the '60s-style Packers logo depicting the runner in front of the state of Wisconsin. There are three front buttons featuring the NFL crest. A button on each sleeve has the same logo. The inside lining shows a 3" x 3" patch that reads "McDelmas Official National Football League." The blazer is in EX overall condition.
The details are amazing, beginning with the chest patch featuring a version of the "Holstein Heisman" logo enclosed in the outline of the NFL shield logo.

The "29" or "24" appears to have been written on with a marker. I'm not sure what it means; Taylor always wore #31.

The buttons proudly display the NFL shield, and the interior label also features the league's branding.

Travel blazers are an underappreciated segment of the team's design. I'd love to learn more.

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