Vince Lombardi Army sweater to appear in sports memorabilia sale

An Army Black Knights sweater belonging to famed American football coach Vince Lombardi is to cross the block at Heritage Auctions on February 21-22.

The lot, valued at up to $20,000, is among a vast selection of lots offered in the Platinum Night Sports Auction in New York.

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Lombardi went on to coach the Green Bay Packers in the 196-s

Lombardi was an assistant coach at West Point between 1949 and 1953. He went on to coach the Packers during the 1960s, leading the team to five titles in just seven years - a feat for which he is remembered as one of the greatest NFL coaches of all time.

Intriguingly, the lot was discovered in a thrift shop - with the consignor paying just 58c. It's clearly labelled "Lombardi" on the tag and has been painstakingly matched to photographs.

Heritage comments: "Presented is an incredible photo-matched jacket worn during Lombardi's years with the Army Black Knights, a garment that distinguishes itself as the earliest known from the wardrobe of the most heralded football coach of all time.

"The jacket remains structurally sound and retains an elite significance that more than compensates for any rather minor condition concerns.

The sale will also include the gloves worn by Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston in the legendary 1965 "phantom punch" bout. They carry a minimum bid of $500,000.

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