July 22, 2020 Summer Games (#54)
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This lot is closed. Bidding ended on 7/23/2020.
While at the University of Nebraska, quarterback Bernie Masterson ended up breaking his nose so frequently in a short period that the equipment staff custom created this prototype facemask specifically for him. If this is not the first ever helmet with a facemask, we believe it to be the oldest surviving example. Masterson was one of the first players to wear a facemask on an all-original leather helmet. No tagging is present and the helmet shows condition issues and expected aging to the leather and facemask. A rare and significant piece of football history. Sourced directly from the family, this lot is accompanied by a Masterson family LOA.
1930s Bernie Masterson Nebraska Cornhuskers Game-Used Leather Helmet With Prototype Facemask (Oldest Surviving Example • Masterson Family LOA)
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Minimum Bid: $500
Price Realized: $1,720
Number Bids:9
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