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Ten Valuable Bobby Layne Football Collectibles

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Bobby Layne made his National Football League debut in 1948. Valuable Bobby Layne football collectibles include Detroit Lions game-used helmets, 1948 Leaf rookie cards, Highland Park High School game-worn jerseys, autographed photos and signed U.S. govern

Santa Ana, Texas-born Bobby Layne (1926-1986) was one of the premier quarterbacks/field generals of his era. The #3 overall pick in the 1947 NFL draft out of the University of Texas, Layne played his 1948-1962 pro football career with the Chicago Bears, New York Bulldogs of the old All-America Football Conference (AAFC), Detroit Lions and Pittsburgh Steelers, amassing 26,768 passing yards and 221 total passing/rushing touchdowns. A five-time Pro Bowl selection, Bobby Layne was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1967.

Here are ten valuable Bobby Layne football collectibles that are sure to interest old-time football fans and sports memorabilia collectors. Now taking the field once again #22 Bobby Layne...

Bobby Layne 1948 Leaf Rookie Football Card

Card #6 Bobby "Blonde Bomber" Layne graces the 1948 Leaf football series, making this his so-called rookie card. The big attraction for collectors is the rare error variation card of "Bobbie" with red football pants. One graded example in PSA excellent-mint 6 condition sold at auction for $1,015.75.

Bobby Layne 1948 Leaf rookie card $1,015.75 - Heritage Auctions

Bobby Layne Game-Worn University of Texas Longhorns Jacket

Bobby Layne was one of the greatest quarterbacks ever to play for the Texas Longhorns. A 1940s Texas warmup jacket worn by Layne with his #12 carried on the upper right sleeve brought $1,195 at auction. The jacket was made by Wilson.

Bobby Layne Texas Longhorns warmup jacket $1,195 - Heritage Auctions

Bobby Layne Autographed Photo

A 5x7-inch black-and-white photo signed by Bobby Layne brought $113.53 at auction. Layne, who was known as a hard drinker, passed away at age 59 in Lubbock, Texas, on December 1, 1986.

Bobby Layne signed photo $113.53 - Heritage Auctions

Bobby Layne Signed Government Postcard

A 1950 official U.S. government postcard bearing Bobby Layne's signature sold at auction for $83.65.

Bobby Layne 1951 Bowman Football Card

Card #102 Bobby Layne is featured in the 1951 Bowman football series. One graded example in PSA excellent-mint 6 condition fetched a top bid of $40 at auction.

Bobby Layne 1953 Detroit Lions Game-Used Helmet

A 1953 Detroit Lions helmet worn by Bobby Layne sold at auction for $5,676.25. Made by Riddell, the helmet exhibits considerable wear from the Lions' NFL championship year of 1953, where they defeated the Cleveland Browns 17-16 to take the title. Bobby Layne was one of the last players in the NFL to play without a facemask.

Bobby Layne 1953 Detroit Lions helmet $5,676.25 - Heritage Auctions

Bobby Layne 1952 Bowman Small Football Card

Card #78 in the 1952 Bowman small football set features Bobby Layne. One graded example in PSA excellent-mint 6 condition sold at auction for $39.

Bobby Layne High School Game-Worn Jersey

Bobby Layne played his prep football at Highland Park High School in Dallas, Texas. A Highland Park game-used #86 jersey worn by Layne in the early 1940s as quarterback of his squad brought $4,780. The jersey is accompanied by a letter of provenance from Bobby's son Alan Layne. Another of Layne's high school football jerseys is on display at the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in Waco. Fellow Pro Football Hall of Famer Doak Walker was one of Layne's high school teammates.

Bobby Layne Highland Park High School jersey $4,780 - Heritage Auctions

Heart of a Lion: The Wild and Woolly Life of Bobby Layne Signed Book

In 1991 Taylor Publishing Company produced Heart of a Lion: The Wild and Woolly Life of Bobby Layne by Bob St. John. An inscribed/signed first edition from the author sold at auction for $16. George Plimpton of Paper Lion fame wrote the forward to the book.

Heart of a Lion: The Wild and Woolly Life of Bobby Layne signed first edition $16 - Heritage Auctions

Bobby Layne 1955 Bowman Football Unopened Cello Pack

An unopened 1955 Bowman football cello pack with Bobby Layne on the bottom in graded GAI near mint-mint+ 8.5 condition brought $2,900 at Robert Edward Auctions. Halfback Veryl Switzer of the Green Bay Packers graces the pack's top.

Bobby Layne Sports Memorabilia Credits & Top Image

  • Auction/sales results and images courtesy Heritage Auctions, Dallas, Texas, and Robert Edward Auctions, Watchung, New Jersey
  • Top image: 1952 Bobby Layne Bowman small card #78 in graded PSA excellent-mint 6 condition $39 - Heritage Auctions

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