GAME USED ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS. SIGNED BY JAKE PLUMMER, MARIO BATES. AHI, LARGE (RED DOT), DATE STAMPED - 02/02/92.
DATE STAMP - "HIJ" (8/90). THAT SAID, I'LL JUMP INTO THE HELMET SPECIFIC.. I GENERALLY TRY TO STAY AWAY FROM SIGNED ITEMS/HELMETS, ESPECIALLY WITHOUT A COA. BUT THIS HELMET GOT MY ATTENTION FOR SEVERAL REASONS. THE HELMET WAS ORIGINALLY PRESENTED WITH "THREE SIGNATURES", BUT IT NEVER STATED WHO THOSE SIGNATURES WERE FROM.
THE HELMET IS ALSO SIGNED BY ASU PLAYERS MARIO BATES AND JAKE PLUMMER. PLUMMER AND TILLMAN WERE GREAT FRIENDS WHO OFTEN DID SIGNGINGS TOGETHER AS SEEN IN THE NFL FILMS DOCUMENTARY, "A FOOTBALL LIFE - PAT TILLMAN". ALTHOUGH TILLMAN'S SIGNATURE SEEMINGLY WOULD BE EASY TO REPLICATE, ALL THREE SIGNATURES APPEAR AS THEY DO ON OTHER ITEMS THAT I LOOKED INTO.ALL THREE SIGNATURES ALSO APPEAR TO HAVE BEEN SIGNED VERY FLUIDLY AND WITHOUT HESITATION(S), ADDING MORE TO THEIR CREDIBILITY (IN MY OPINION). THE ONE CURIOSITY I HAVE ABOUT THE SIGNATURES IS WITH THE WHITE SCUFFS (THAT LOOK LIKE MARKS FROM FACE MASKS)OVER.
ONE OF THE SCUFFS GO THROUGH AND OVER PART OF THE "#" IN TILLMAN'S SIGNATURE AND A SMALL PORTION OF PLUMMER'S "E". I'M JUST NOT SURE WHY SCUFF MARKS WOULD APPEAR UNDER THE SIGNATURES UNLESS THE HELMETS WAS SIMPLY SCUFFED BEING MOVED AROUND? WITH ALL THESE POINTS TAKEN INTO CONSIDERSTION, MY OPINION IS THAT HELMET WAS SIGNED BY ALL THREE PLAYERS MENTIONED. HELMET ORIGINALLY CAME WITH A WHITE, OPO-SW FACE MASK.
I SWITCHED TO A MASK THAT LOOKED SIMILAR (BUT NOT EXACT) TO THE ONE WORN BY TILLMAN. THIS MASK APPARENTLY SAT IN THE SUNLIGHT FOR A WHILE AS THE RIGHT SIDE IS FADED. HELMET HAS A RECERTIFICATION STICKER FROM 1993. THE SAME SIDE ALSO HAS A BLUE DYMO-TAPE DECAL INSIDE THAT READS "MESA". COULD NOT FIND A PLAYER BY THAT NAME.I SPECULATED MAYBE IT WAS THE CITY IT WAS TO GO TO? THE OTHER SIDE HAS THE AHI (AMERICAN HELMET INC) LABEL.
SIGNED HELMETS When I come across a helmet or item that is signed but does not have a COA or proof of signature, I leave it to the purchaser to decide if they believe it to be authentic or not. I will not call ANY signed item authentic without any documentation and/or provenance. When I do have proof or a COA, I will note it and list as much info as possible.
Lastly, I will include my opinion. At the very least, I hope I can provide enough information for you to make a personally satisfying judgement. Like all my helmets and helmet components, this item is strictly for collectible and display purposes only and is not intended for competitive or protective use.
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