Pat Tillman and his brother Kevin walked into the U.S. Army Recruiting Station in Chandler, Ariz. on May 31, 2002 to take their Oath of Office upon enlisting into the U.S. Army. The only known item commemorating this occasion was a football Tillman autographed for the recruiter at the station. This Wilson NFL football signed “Pat Tillman Army Leads the Way” is available for purchase in the current Goldin Auctions ending April 5, 2013 .
The football comes with a letter of authenticity from the U.S. Army Sergeant Major for whom Tillman signed the football including a detailed account of the day and a LOA from PSA/DNA.
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After a successful tour of Iraq in 2003, Tillman was redeployed to Afghanastan where he was eventually killed in action on April 22, 2004. An investigation by the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID) concluded that Tillman and an Afghan militia soldier were killed by friendly fire when one allied group fired upon another in confusion after nearby gunfire was mistakenly believed to be from enemy combatants. He was awarded the Silver Star, Purple Heart and posthumous promotion to the rank of Corporal.
Tillman was an undersized linebacker for Arizona State University who earned the school’s final scholarship because of his hard work and leadership skills. By his senior season he was honored as the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year. He was drafted in the 7th round by the Arizona Cardinals in 1998. By 2000, he was an NFL All-Pro and the Cardinals most popular player. He turned down a 3-year $3.6 million contract offer from the Cardinals to join the U.S. Army.
“The enlistment of Pat and Kevin Tillman into the U.S. Army following the attacks of September 11, 2011 was a poignant and patriotic moment in American history and one that brought the world of sports together with the reality of world events,” said Ken Goldin, Founder of Goldin Auctions. “This football is a special symbol of this for collectors of military, football, Arizona State or Cardinals memorabilia.”
The marquee item in the Goldin Auctions April 5, 2013 Auction is the Jumbo Wagner — one of the three finest Honus Wagner T206 cards in existence graded EX 5 (MC) by PSA. It carries an opening bid of $500,000. Other auction items include: The Joe Montana Collection with such items as the jerseys Steve Young and Montana wore in their epic showdown on Sept. 11, 1994; 1909-11 E90-1 Joe Jackson Rookie Card (VG-EX PSA 4); 1933 Nap Lajoie NR MT+ (SGC7.5); 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle rookie graded NR-MT-MT+ (SGC 8.5); 1970’s Earl Monroe and Bill Bradley game used NY Knicks jerseys; Michael Jordan’s Gold VISA Card; 1959 Stan Musial game-used bat with provenance from a Cardinals employee; Roberto Clemente game used bat; 2002 Greg Maddux Rawlings Gold Glove Award; 2012 World Series game used items from World Series MVP Pablo Sandoval and regular season MVP Buster Posey; 2001 Derek Jeter World Series game used bat; 1949 Norm Van Brocklin College All Star game worn uniform; Christian Laettner’s 1992 Dream Team uniform; a pair of exquisite signed baseballs from Babe Ruth and Honus Wagner, and so much more.
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Sports memorabilia impresario Ken Goldin has sold more than $600 million in memorabilia from many of the biggest names in sports, history and pop culture and was the pioneer of using the medium of television to sell sports memorabilia. With the launch of Goldin Auctions in 2012, he continues to break new ground and offer collectors the best in collectible treasures up for auction in the marketplace. Goldin Auctions offers an industry low 10% buyers’ premium; all game worn or autographed items come with team, player, league or additional LOA from industry leading authenticators; and collectors can bid with confidence that their proxy/ceiling bids remain confidential. For more information, visit www.goldinauctions.com.