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After graduation, Unitas's hometown team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, picked him in the ninth round of the college draft. However, the team cut Unitas before he even appeared in an exhibition game. He did not give up on a professional career. Unitas moved to Bloomfield, New Jersey and found work on construction sites, primarily as a pile driver. He also played quarterback for the Bloomfield Rams for $6 per game, on fields that were often covered with litter. Of this stage in his career, Unitas told Paul Zimmerman of Sports Illustrated, "They called it semipro football. Actually it was just sandlot, a bunch of guys knocking the hell out of each other on an oil-soaked field under the Bloomfield Bridge." Unitas's abilities on the field did not go unnoticed, however. A fan brought him to the attention of the Baltimore Colts of the National Football League. Unitas signed with the Colts and became arguably the greatest QB in history. The featured collectible hails as a stunning top end PSA 8 with corners that rival any MINT 9 we have offered. The centering is astute while the color is stupendous. The lone discernment is a print issue at the lower lip of the great signal caller. A terrific high end card.
1957 Topps #138 John Unitas PSA 8 NM-MT
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Minimum Bid: $1,200.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $16,502.40
Number Bids: 22
Auction closed on Friday, November 12, 2021.
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