ShareThis Page
Steelers jersey collection nets more than $325,000 |

Steelers jersey collection nets more than $325,000

Joe Rutter
| Saturday, March 18, 2017 12:27 p.m
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review
Michael Heffner, president of Lelands, a New York-based memorabilia company, arranges Steelers jerseys that will be auctioned to benefit the Chuck Noll Foundation for Brain Injury Research on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at Heinz Field.

Heavy after-hours bidding helped an online auction of Steelers memorabilia net more than $325,000 when bidding ended early Saturday morning.

Led by a game-worn Terry Bradshaw jersey from a 1977 playoff game in Denver, the 17 items in “The Pittsburgh Steelers Archive of Exceptional Jerseys” at totaled $327,055. Much of the bidding came after initial bids concluded at 9 p.m. Friday. Bidding continued in 10-minute increments until ending at 7 a.m. Saturday.

Bradshaw’s white-and-gold road jersey had a collection-high 19 bids, topping out at $66,725 after beginning the day near $46,000. A Franco Harris jersey from the 1978 season went to a collector for $60,659 after beginning at $31,386.

Also seeing a significant jump in after-hours bidding was a 1978 Mel Blount jersey, which had a $12,078 price tag in the morning but finished at $41,353. Home jerseys from 1973 for Steel Curtain members L.C. Greenwood and Dwight White had matching final auction bids of $33,359. Greenwood’s jersey had a bid of about $12,000 and White’s was at $9,743 entering the final day of the auction, which began in February.

A 1978 Rocky Bleier road jersey topped out at $30,326, increasing from nearly $13,000 early Friday afternoon.

Last among the 17 items were game-worn shoulder pads from 1970s kicker Roy Gerela. They sold for $770.

A portion of the proceeds from the collection will benefit the Chuck Noll Foundation for Brain Injury Research.

Joe Rutter is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at or via Twitter @tribjoerutter.

Joe Rutter is a Tribune-Review steelers reporter. You can contact Joe via Twitter .

Categories: Steelers
TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.