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This remarkably well-preserved ball comes from a landmark season in Chicago Bears history, marking the final season that Chicago Bears owner and NFL founder George “Papa Bear” Halas would prowl the sidelines as Head Coach of the Bears.

The Bears finished the season in second place behind Vince Lombardi’s Packers, posting a 7-6-1 record to finish two games behind Green Bay.

The ball contains a number of significant signatures most notably those of Hall of Famers Dick Butkus and Gale Sayers. Additionally, the highly desirable and rarely seen autograph of fullback Brian Piccolo appears brilliantly on this ball.

Piccolo was an undrafted free agent, who made the Bears taxi squad in 1965 and joined the full squad in 1966. By 1969, Piccolo, known to his teammates for his determination, landed a spot as the team’s starting fullback. In the ninth game of the 1969 season, Piccolo uncharacteristically removed himself from the backfield, mid-game, with difficulty breathing. A diagnosis revealed cancer, which would take his life in June 1970 at the age of 26.

As most sports fans know, Piccolo’s story became the subject of the hit movie, Brian’s Song, starring Billy Dee Williams and James Caan. The movie’s success elevated Piccolo to cult status, making the small number of cards, photos and autographs from the Bears’ fullback valuable keepsakes, which are usually held by lifelong Bears fans.

Owning a ball from Halas final season with a Piccolo signature represents an incredible opportunity for Bears fans, football aficionados, and hobby investors. This is one of the few Piccolo signatures we’ve seen in our many years in the hobby, so don’t let this opportunity slip away. You may not have another.
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1967 Chicago Bears Autographed Football With 43 Signatures Including Brian Piccolo & Gale Sayers

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Auction closed on Friday, March 30, 2018.
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