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1965 Joe Namath Original Photograph by Bob Olen - From Same Photo Shoot as 1965 Topps Card Image

Lot Number 1440

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If your interest is original photography, and you're not looking to pay a premium for card-used images, then this is the perfect alternative to Namath's adjacently offered 1965 Topps photo. It comes from the same legendary photo shoot by renowned photographer Bob Olen, and features the same crystal-clear quality with Olen's proprietary stamping on the reverse. Based on pure aesthetics, many collectors might prefer this unselected portrait likeness, because Broadway Joe smiles straight into the camera and clutches his classic, vintage helmet. Measures 8x10 and bears typical minor handling wear from publication usage. Full LOA for Type I from PSA/DNA.


Interestingly, Namath told the then-secret history of Olen's photo shoot on the Late Show with David Letterman in 2011, saying, "I had my first knee operation at Lenox Hill Hospital. I'd lost 27 pounds, I was in bed for 8 days and our media director came into the room carrying shoulder pads and a jersey and the football. He said, 'Joe, the show must go on.' They took me out of bed on crutches. I went out in the hall, leaned up against the wall and we took that picture." (The video clip of Letterman holding the rookie card while Namath shares the story is linked here and begins at the 8-minute mark.)

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