Keen in their judgment of gridiron savvy and potential, the Baltimore Colts plucked Syracuse tight end John Mackey as the 19th overall pick in the 1963 NFL Draft. While seven of the players chosen ahead of Mackey would never earn Pro Bowl recognition, the Colts proved wise in their assessment as Mackey began a Hall of Fame career by hauling in 35 aerials for 726 yards and seven touchdowns in 1963. For his efforts, Mackey was awarded this impressive trophy. Presented by the “Sports Boosters of Maryland” at a ceremony on August 3, 1964, the hardware measures 17”-tall with a silver-plated football affixed to a rectangular wooden base. On the facing, a silver-colored plate has an engraved legend citing Mackey’s feat. This is a one-of-a-kind artifact from a since-departed franchise that once reigned supreme on 33rd Street!
While there is minor age-induced oxidation on the metallic football and one of the two equine-themed accents has loosened, the piece still holds infinite aesthetic appeal. There is very minor chipping about the front edge of the base, while the original felt remains on the underside.