Game Worn Football Jersey

A game worn / game used football collection from the CFL, USFL, WFL, XFL, WLAF, NCAA, NFL, and Arena football leagues.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats 



The 1984 Eastern Division Champion Hamilton Tiger-Cats



Steve Stapler - Wide Receiver (San Diego State)



Steve Stapler began his pro career as a late season addition to the Toronto Argonauts in 1980, playing two games and catching 5 passes for 59 yards.  Prior to the 1981 season, Toronto dealt him to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats for defensive end Drew Taylor.  Stapler became a key weapon in the Ti-Cat offense with 48 catches in 1981 for 903 yards and a 18.8 yard average and another 44 catches in 1982.  He was injured in 1983 and missed the entire season.  Despite the injury, Stapler had shown enough to sign a contract with the Washington Redskins in 1984 but was released prior to the season and returned to the Tiger-Cats to play 5 games.  Stapler was an Eastern All-Star in 1985 with 40 receptions for 690 yards and 9 touchdowns.  He topped those numbers in 1986 with 62 catches for 861 yards.  Stapler also added punting to his responsibilities that year with 64 punts for a 40.7 yard average.  His best season was in 1987 when he caught 85 balls for 1,516 yards and 13 scores.  He closed out his career with Hamilton in 1988.  Over his CFL career, Stapler caught 353 passes for 5,848 yards and 40 touchdowns.  Stapler wore number 3 for the Ti-Cats until switching to 80 in 1986. 

 




Anthony Ketchum - Wide Receiver (Houston)


Anthony Ketchum was a standout sprinter who received numerous scholarship offers for both track and football.  His hometown of Needham, Texas declared March 10, 1982 to be "Anthony Ketchum Day".  He went to training camp in 1986 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but was placed on injured reserve before the season began.  In 1987,  Ketchum played 3 games for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats as a receiver and kick returner.  He caught 6 passes for 88 yards and returned 4 kickoffs and 2 punts.  Ketchum spent some time with the Detroit Lions in the 1989 offseason but was released by the club before camp.  This style of pants with numbers on the sides was worn by the Tiger-Cats from 1985 to 1992.  Only two players wore number 73 for the Ti-Cats in that stretch, Ketchum in 1987 and running back Randy Fabi in 1990.  Champion outfitted the entire CFL in 1987.  They also supplied the Tiger-Cats with game pants in 1990 but those pants featured a different variation of the manufacturer's logo. 




Scott Flagel - Safety (Arizona Western)



Scott Flagel was signed in the middle of the 1982 season by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. By 1984 he had emerged as a top safety in the CFL by picking off 4 passes for 152 return yards and adding 3 fumble recoveries that season. Flagel played six seasons with the Bombers and was a CFL All-Star with them in 1986 and 1987 and a West Division All-Star from 1985 through 1987. In 1988, Flagel inked a deal with the Calgary Stampeders as a free agent. He only played 3 games for the Stamps before he was dealt to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats for linebacker Ken Ford. Flagel played the remainder of 1988 with Hamilton and the first 11 games of 1989 for the Ti-Cats before he was dealt again, this time to the Ottawa Rough Riders for center Rae Robirtis. Flagel spent another two seasons in the nation’s capital before retiring. Flagel was again a CFL All-Star in 1989 and added East Division All-Star selections in 1989 through 1991. His best season was perhaps 1990 in Ottawa when he picked off 8 passes and had 6 fumble recoveries. Over his career, Flagel had 40 interceptions, 20 fumble recoveries and 7 blocked kicks. My guess is that this jersey is from a prior set of Tiger-Cats jerseys and used for Flagel when he was acquired in 1988.  The Ti-Cats added trim to their numbers in 1989.  The tagging matches jerseys used by the Concordes in 1985.




Earl Winfield - Wide Receiver (North Carolina)



Earl Winfield started his pro career with a tryout with the Seattle Seahawks in 1986. In 1987, the standout receiver would sign with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and spend his entire 11-year career with the team. 1988 saw Winfield catch 60 passes for 1,213 and return four punts for touchdowns. This earned him another shot at the NFL when he signed a contract with the San Francisco 49ers. Winfield was released by the 49ers in training camp and he returned to Hamilton and helped the club to Grey Cup. Winfield's best season came in 1995 as he finished with 1,496 receiving yards on 92 receptions, 13 of which went for scores. Winfield retired after the 1997 season with 41 100-yard receiving games and 573 catches, second most in team history. He is the Tiger-Cats all-time leading receiver with 10,119 yards and was on the receiving end of 75 career touchdowns, both of which still stand as team records. During his career he had five 1,000 yard receiving seasons. In 2005, Winfield had his name added to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats' Wall of Honour. The two-time All-Canadian was elected to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2013.

This Russell Athletic jersey size 46 was worn by Winfield in 1992. It has the correct Russell tagging, including the 92 year, the old style CFL neck logo and screened on numbers and logos. The nameplate has been removed as has the Canada 125 patch that was once on the right breast. In 1993, the league switched to Starter as the jersey supplier. This jersey was not recycled, but for some reason the nameplate was removed. It was possibly recycled as times were pretty tough for the club. The jersey was worn in the fateful Eastern Final in Winnipeg when the Bombers blew out the Cats 59-11. The jersey has light game wear with a few impact marks and 1 large “L” shaped team repair on the back of the jersey near the top of the number 1. There is some cracking in the stripes on the arms due to age. There is a potential photo match with a Scott Grant photo where there appears to be a black mark on the front of the jersey to the left of the #1. This jersey was obtained from Ebay in 2004.





Peter Giftopoulos - Linebacker / Offensive Line (Penn State)


Pete Giftopoulos was a first round draft pick (sixth overall) by the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the 1988 CFL Draft.  After attending Pittsburgh Steelers training camp, he signed with the Riders who dealt him to Hamilton for a 1st round pick in the 1989 draft and RB Shawn Daniels in August of 1988.  Giftopoulos played his entire eight-year career in Hamilton.  He became a regular in his second season in Hamilton and was a starter for the next two seasons recording 77 tackles in 1990 and 62 in 1991.  Gifto was a backup linebacker and offensive lineman as well as a top special teams player for the Ti-Cats from 1993 until the end of his career.  He might be best remembered for intercepting Miami's Vinnie Testaverde deep in Penn State territory with 18 seconds to go in the 1987 Fiesta Bowl to seal a national title for the Nittany Lions.  It can be argued as the greatest play in the Penn State football program's history.  Like most Tiger-Cats jerseys from the era, this one got a ton of use as evidenced by several team repairs.  This jersey is tagged with a year of 1993 but was evidently used beyond that year as it also sports the "Radically Canadian" patch, which became prominent in 1996 and suggests Giftopoulos wore it in preseason that year.





Bruce Perkins - Running Back (Arizona State)



Bruce Perkins signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent in 1990.  He made the team and suited up for all 16 games as a blocking back.  Perkins carried the ball 13 times for 36 yards while ranking third on the team with 18 special teams tackles.  Perkins was a camp cut in 1991 but signed with Indianapolis, playing 14 games with 4 carries for 11 yards.  Perkins also spent some time with the Cleveland Browns but never appeared in a game for them.  Perkins signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL in May 1993 and became their starting tailback with 173 carries for 812 yards and 3 touchdowns while adding 20 receptions for 112 yards.  Perkins lasted just four games with the Tabbies in 1994 before being released, carrying the ball 25 times for 89 yards.  He signed with the expansion Mad Dogs in 1995.  In Memphis, he became more of a receiving threat with 47 receptions for 443 yards while rushing for 271 yards and 2 touchdowns on 76 carries.  When the US teams folded after the 1995 season, Saskatchewan chose Perkins in the dispersal draft in the 13th round but was released prior to the 1996 season.  Like the Giftopoulos jersey, this one is also hammered with numerous repairs and hit marks.





John Motton - Linebacker (Akron)



A standout defender for the Zips in college, John Motton began a lengthy professional career with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 1991.  He spent four seasons in Steeltown, playing in 65 regular season games.  In 1995, he suited up for three contests for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and two for the expansion Birmingham Barracudas.  In his 70-game CFL career, Motton tallied 11 interceptions, 5 quarterback sacks and 8 fumble recoveries.  Motton was a CFL East All-Star in 1992 and 1993 and a league All-Star in 1992.

In 1997, Motton resurfaced in the Arena league with the Iowa Barnstormers.  He spent four seasons with the team and suited up for 14 games each year. The Barnstormers franchise was sold to the New York Islanders' owner Charles Wang and the team was moved to the Big Apple and renamed the Dragons.  Motton found a home for the 2001 and 2002 seasons with the Buffalo Destroyers.  He played one final season of Arena football in 2004 with his hometown Columbus Destroyers.  Motton's Arena statistics in 79 games include 3 interceptions, 6 sacks and 7 fumble recoveries. On offense, Motton rushed for 314 yards and 18 touchdowns on 105 carries and caught 27 passes for 342 yards and 4 majors. 

Motton wore this Starter size 48 jersey for the Tiger-Cats in 1993.  It has the correct tagging with the old style CFL neck logo and screened on numbers and logos.  The name is sewn onto a nameplate but the nameplate length does not match a video of a 1993 game.  The Grey Cup 1993 patch is sewn on the right breast as did all the jerseys of the playoff teams but the sewing is different (single line versus zig zag) than the patch on the 1993 Paul Osbaldiston jersey.  It’s possible that the Grey Cup patch was added at a later time. The jersey has heavy game wear with dozens of impact marks on the front, back and shoulders and five team repairs scattered around the jersey.  This jersey was obtained from a private collection in 1998.






Eric Carter - Defensive Back (Knoxville)



Eric Carter began an excellent career in the CFL with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 1994. After his second season, in which he picked off 10 passes, he signed with the San Francisco 49ers of the NFL. Carter was released by the 49ers in training camp and spent the season on the practice squad of the New Orleans Saints. Carter returned to the Tiger-Cats in 1997 and he played another two years with the club. Carter intercepted 21 balls in four years with the Tabbies.  In 1998, he signed with the British Columbia Lions and was a mainstay in their secondary for the next five seasons. Carter amassed 25 picks with the Lions over that time.  He spent one final season in the league in 2004 with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers where he made 3 interceptions. Over his 10-year CFL career, Carter had an impressive 49 interceptions and was a league All-Star four times.

This Starter jersey size 44 was worn by Carter in 1994. It has the correct Starter tagging on it, the old style CFL neck logo and screened on numbers and logos. The nameplate has been removed but there are stitch marks from the original one.  There is no evidence of a Grey Cup patch ever being on the jersey. In 1993 all playoff teams wore a Grey Cup patch. However, there is the outline of a circular patch that was on the right front shoulder, which was most likely the 1994 Tiger Cat commemorative 100 year patch (see photo). Carter wore #9 in his rookie year before changing to #2 as former NFL QB Timm Rosenbach had the number in his lone season with the team. The jersey has heavy wear on it with numerous impact marks and scuffing on the shoulders, back and front. There are a dozen team repairs on and around the shoulder area.  This jersey was obtained from Ebay in 2016.





Paul Osbaldiston - Kicker / Punter (Richmond Raiders CJFL)


Paul Osbaldiston started his lengthy career as a 7th round pick (63rd overall) of the B.C. Lions in the 1986 CFL Draft.  He played in three games with the Lions before being released.  He signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and appeared in five games with the club before again being released.  Osbaldiston signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats where he would remain for the duration of his career and go on to rewrite the team's place kicking and punting records over the next sixteen seasons.  Over his seventeen seasons, Ozzie was a CFL East All-Star six times as a kicker and once as a punter and a league All-Star in 1996, 1998 and 2001.  He made 669 of 927 field goal attempts for a 72.2% average and averaged 41.6 yards on 2,143 career punts.  After a career that included two Grey Cup wins, Osbaldiston spent several years on the Tiger-Cats coaching staff.

This Starter jersey size 48 was worn by Osbaldiston, likely in 1993.  It has the correct Starter tagging on it and has custom shortened sleeves which have the bottom stripes and elastic cut off and hemmed.  The jersey has the old style CFL neck logo and screened on numbers and logos.  The name is sewn onto a nameplate but the nameplate material doesn’t seem to be right for the year and the lettering is bright white with no fading.  It has the Grey Cup 1993 patch sewn on the right breast as did all the jerseys of the playoff teams and uses zig zag stitching unlike the single line stitching on the John Motton jersey.  The jersey has little to no wear on it consistent with a kicker’s jersey.  This jersey was obtained from Fairmore Sports in 2012.





This Starter jersey was worn by All-Star and possible future Hall of Famer Paul Osbaldiston most likely during Hamilton’s Grey Cup run in 1998.  It wasn’t worn in the big game as there are no remnants of a Grey  Cup patch. It has a small lower left hem line size tag of "48". The small tag actually has the “48” sewn on unlike the 1999 Joe Montford jersey below, which has the size printed on the tag. The name, numbers and logos are sewn on to the jersey with the name attached to a plate. The plate  is slightly yellowed in color and is of a different material than the 1999 Montford plate. There is no evidence of a previous name plate being attached so I believe this is original. The jersey also has the Radically Canadian patch on the right breast. This jersey shows very little wear consistent with Ozzie’s habit of kicking the ball and heading to the sidelines without getting involved in any tackles. The elastic on the arms is cut to loosen them to fit Ozzie’s pipes. It was obtained from Classic Auctions in 2012.




Joe Montford - Defensive End (South Carolina State)



Joe Montford began his pro career in 1995 with the Charlotte Rage of the Arena League. He played seven games and registered two sacks and rushed the ball seven times for 12 yards and two touchdowns. After the Arena season ended, Montford signed with the CFL's Shreveport Pirates for four games. When the American CFL teams folded, Montford began a six-year run in Hamilton and became a star that included three consecutive seasons with at least 20 sacks and a fourth where he registered 19. In 2002, Montford signed  as a free agent with the Tiger-Cats arch rival Toronto Argonauts and had 9 sacks. The Argos dealt Montford back to Hamilton for fleet-footed wide receiver Tony Miles and non-import fullback Randy Bowles. Montford spent another two seasons in Steeltown before the Tiger-Cats traded him to Edmonton for offensive lineman Dan Comiskey in 2005. He spent the final seasons of his career with the Eskimos. Over his 11-year CFL career, Montford racked up 135 quarterback sacks in 185 games. He was a five-time league All-Star  who was enshrined in the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2011.

This Starter jersey was worn by Montford during Hamilton’s Grey Cup winning year of 1999. It was not worn in the big game as the Cats wore black in Vancouver. It  has a small lower left hem line size tag of “50”. The name, numbers and logos are sewn on to the jersey with the name attached to a plate. The  Radically Canadian patch appears on the right breast. This jersey shows some of the heaviest game wear you will ever see in a football jersey. Money was tight in Tiger Town and they had to make these jerseys  last. Montford was on a tear that year (26 sacks, 3 fumble recoveries for touchdowns) and it looks like he was held by the opposition on every down. The  jersey sports dozens of team repairs, some as long as 4 inches, on the front, back, sides and shoulders. It has been washed so many times that the sleeve screen printing is faded. There  are a lot of tackles in this jersey. It was obtained from Glory Days Sports at the Toronto Sportscard Expo in 2000.






Archie Amerson - Running Back / Slotback (Northern Arizona)



Archie Amerson came to the CFL as a free agent signing of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 1997.  Amerson lined up primarily in the backfield as a running back in his first two CFL seasons but worked almost exclusively from the slot for the remainder of his career.  He rushed for 630 and 703 yards in 1997 and 1998 respectively and added another 105 catches those first two seasons.  As a slotback, Amerson would help the Tiger-Cats win the 1999 Grey Cup in Vancouver.  His best season would be in 2000 when he caught 70 passes for 1,198 yards (17.1 average) and 6 touchdowns.  Amerson hit the free agent market after that season and inked a deal with the Toronto Argonauts.  That pairing lasted all of one game as Amerson caught 1 pass for 5 yards as an Argo before being released and returning to the Tiger-Cats later that season.  Amerson would spend another three full seasons in Steeltown and came close to 1,000 yards receiving each year.  He was one of the few bright spots in a mostly anemic offence during the early 2000 seasons as financial constraints largely prevented the team from both signing free agents and retaining talent.  An injury prior to the 2005 season ended Amerson’s season and ultimately his career.





Trevor Shaw - Wide Receiver / Slotback (Weber State)



Trevor Shaw was the first round draft pick of the British Columbia Lions (6th overall) in the 1994 CFL Draft. He joined the club in 1995 and became a key contributor on special teams. He spent three and a half seasons with the Lions and had 10 receptions in 36 games before he was released midway through 1998. Shaw signed with Hamilton shortly after and remained a contributor on coverage teams with the Tiger-Cats but was increasingly utilized as a receiver. He spent five and a half seasons with the Tabbies and caught at least 20 balls in three of those seasons. In his time with Hamilton, Shaw caught 81 passes with 6 touchdowns and won a Grey Cup in 1999.

Shaw wore this Puma jersey in 2002. It has the correct tagging including the final year of the old style CFL neck logo. The name and numbers are sewn on to the jersey with the name attached to a plate. The jersey also has remnant of a small red patch that was sewn on the left breast and a larger red patch, and which was glued onto the same spot. I am not sure what the smaller patch was, but the larger one was a Budweiser sponsorship logo. The jersey shows moderate game wear consistent with the number of games Shaw played in 2002 including a nice team repair between the nameplate and the number. This jersey was obtained from the Hamilton Tiger Cats at their annual locker room sale after the 2004 season.




Brandon Hamilton - Cornerback (Tulane)



Brandon Hamilton began his pro career with three games with the Edmonton Eskimos after signing late in the 1994 season. He was well traveled early in his career, playing with the Shreveport Pirates in 1995 and the British Columbia Lions in 1996. In 1997, Hamilton started a four-year run in the secondary of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.  In 2000, Hamilton went to the city of Hamilton and remained with the Tiger-Cats for the rest of his career, finishing on a high note by being named a CFL Eastern All-Star in his final season in 2003. Over his 10 CFL seasons, Hamilton played in 147 contests and had 22 interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns.

This Puma jersey was worn by Hamilton in 2002 and 2003.  It has the correct tagging on it, including the last year of the old style CFL neck logo with the new style CFL neck logo sewn overtop as any older jerseys recycled for use in the 2003 regular season had this done. The jersey also has remnants of a small red patch that was sewn on the left breast and a larger black patch, which was sewn over the spot.  I am not sure what the smaller patch was, but it was a sponsor’s logo used for part of 2002. The jersey shows moderate game wear consistent with the number of games Hamilton played in 2002. This jersey was obtained from the Hamilton Tiger Cats at their annual locker room sale after the 2004 season.






Tre Smith - Running Back (Auburn)



This Reebok size 44 jersey was worn by JoJaun Armour in 2007 and Tre Smith in 2008. It is tagged 2007 and has the outline of the previous nameplate. Armour wore #32 in 2007 and participated in 16 games.  After  a tryout with the NFL's Cleveland Browns, Tre Smith signed with the B.C. Lions of the CFL in May of 2007 but did not attend training camp with the team. In 2008, he signed with the Tiger-Cats and appeared in 14 games with 65 carries for 430 yards and 11 receptions for 119 yards. He was also the team's primary kick returner that season. Smith suited up for one game in 2009 for the Tabbies, catching one pass for 4 yards. 

The jersey has the correct tagging on it, including the new style CFL neck logo, a Rona patch on the right shoulder and a Primus patch on the left. These two patches are sewn on at different angles, which makes photo matching easier. The jersey has been photo matched to a series of Tre Smith photos taken by Ron Scheffler on July 12, 2008 in a game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders. It has also been photo matched to a late 2007 photo of Armour taken by a fan. The name and numbers are sewn on to the jersey with the name attached to a plate. The jersey shows heavy game wear including half a dozen small holes, impact marks on the shoulders and soiling of the front numbers. The Rona patch is also tearing away from the jersey and this can be seen in the photo of Armour. The jersey shows customization as it has been shortened by sewing the hem up 3 inches. This covers the intact Reebok hem tag. This jersey was obtained from eBay in  2015.      





Sam Scott - Defensive End (West Chester)



Sam Scott was a two-sport star for the West Chester Golden Rams, starring at linebacker in football as well as playing forward for the basketball team.  He led the PSAC with 16.5 tackles for a loss in his senior season.  In 2011, he signed with the Calgary Stampeders and appeared in two games.  He spent the next three seasons with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, playing in 11 games in that time and recording two sacks.  This particular jersey shows some hit marks and was Hamilton's third jersey used for two seasons.  Reebok made every team a set of third jerseys with Hamilton and BC earning high marks and Winnipeg's generally the poorest received (although I didn't mind them).  Scott signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in May 2016.