As they marched through the Memorial Stadium tunnel, complete with the NFL’s only marching band, cheerleaders and 2:00 p.m. kickoffs mandated by Waverly neighborhood blue laws, the Baltimore Colts were football’s archetypal franchise. The storied gridiron institution eventually fled Baltimore, never to return. So while the Charm City faithful will never experience another 33rd Street tailgate or Unitas-led comeback, this vintage promotional bobblehead doll is among the last remaining links to that glorious past. The 13-1/2”-tall papier-mâché keepsake portrays a ball-toting figure with a blue Colts jersey on which “00” is hand-painted on the back and right sleeve. Nodding with approval, the oversized doll is decidedly rare in any condition. This particular Sunday treasure is arguably the most pristine survivor, with vibrant colors in their original state. More on our website.
As stated in our catalog description, this incredibly rare survivor has maintained its original qualities. For the sake of accuracy, we report that there is a tiny spec of paint loss on the blue stripe lining the center of the helmet, as well as an insignificant horizontal scratch on the “COLTS” decal across the chest. The remainder, meanwhile, is incredibly smooth with (MT) presentation throughout. The head is firmly attached to its original spring and the jaw line is remarkably free of any flaws so commonly found on examples of any size. This is one of a scant few "monster" examples extant and its condition is far superior to any we've seen. In summary, this is a stunning and well-kept reminder of a beloved franchise’s halcyon days. It’s as if this guy never left Baltimore and is waiting for play to resume at Memorial Stadium …