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Few, if any, sports stories are more dramatic or more complete than the story of Johnny Unitas. A ninth-round draft choice of the 1955 Pittsburgh Steelers, Unitas was cut before he even threw one pass in a game. Still determined, he played semi-pro football for $6 a game. After the season, the Baltimore Colts coach Weeb Ewbank learned of the "outstanding prospect" on the Pittsburgh sandlots. Ewbank signed Johnny for $17,000 on a make the team basis. Programmed strictly as a backup, Unitas got his chance in 1957 in the fourth game when the Colts’ starter was injured. Unitas’ first pass was intercepted for a touchdown but from that moment on, he never looked back. For the next 18 seasons, "Johnny U'' ran up a ledger of game winning exploits seldom matched in NFL history.

This NM PSA 7 #138 Johnny Unitas rookie card from the popular 1957 Topps Football issue has dark, rich color and a sharp picture images. All four corners are quite sharp and worth of NM-MT consideration. Centering is just a shade off 60/40 top to bottom and about 50/50 side to side. If top to bottom centering were a hair better this card would easily garner an 8 grade. Pack fresh eye appeal!

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Final prices include buyers premium.: $932
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