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

Bronko Nagurski Jr. - OT (Notre Dame)

Bronko Nagurski Jr. was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the 10th round (114th overall) of the 1959 NFL Draft. He opted to come to Canada after the Tiger-Cats sent his former Notre Dame teammate, Angelo Mosca, to South Bend to recruit him. Nagurski spent eight seasons in Hamilton, playing in 102 regular season games at a high level before retiring after the 1966 campaign. He was a CFL All-Star in 1962 and 1965 and helped the Tiger-Cats win Grey Cup titles in 1963 and 1965. Nagurki was the son of football legend Bronko Nagurski Sr., who was born in Rainy River, Ontario, which gave Jr. non-import status in the CFL. 

This jersey represents a two-year style worn by the Tiger-Cats for the 1959 and 1960 seasons, Nagurski's first two seasons as a pro. It is a beautiful durene jersey which displays heavy use with several impact marks, fabric runs and unrepaired holes. Two team repairs are also present. The right shoulder has several small stains that appear to be from blood drops. Some of the stitching on the front and back numbers has come loose. The Sand Knit tagging is correct for the time period and matches other Tiger-Cat jerseys from the late 1950's. This jersey is a match to the Chuck Miksza Tiger-Cats jersey that was sold by Classic Auctions in their spring 2018 auction. It was acquired from a long-time CFL staff member who had it in his possession for multiple decades.

Tony Gabriel - Tight End (Syracuse)

Tony Gabriel concluded an excellent college career by earning team MVP honours as a senior at Syracuse. From there, he turned pro with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 1971. Gabriel played four seasons in Hamilton which included a Grey Cup win in 1972 and a Schenley Award as the CFL's Most Outstanding Canadian in 1974. In 1975, Ticats General Manager Ralph Sazio traded Gabriel to the Ottawa Rough Riders after he took the CFL and team to court when the league upped the regular season from 14 to 16 games. Gabriel lost the challenge to void league contracts but the "troublemaker" was consistently one of the league's top stars in the nation's capital. He topped 1,000 yards receiving in five seasons including four consecutive from 1975 through 1978. Gabriel is probably best remembered for catching the game winning touchdown in the final minute of the 1976 Grey Cup. He retired after the 1981 season with four Schenley Awards for the league's Most Outstanding Canadian and one for the Most Outstanding Player. He was a ten-time CFL Eastern All-Star and was inducted to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1985. Gabriel caught 614 passes for 9,832 yards and 69 touchdowns in 168 career regular season games.

This Rawlings durene size 48 jersey has hem tagging that dates the years 1963 to 1971 as it has separate wash instructions. The Tiger-Cats debuted the barber pole style sleeves in 1964. There is evidence of a nameplate once being sewn on the back which indicates the jersey was used in 1971, the first season CFL teams used them and Gabriel's rookie season. Hal Patterson, who played with the Tiger-Cats from 1961-67, was the last player who wore #77 prior to Gabriel. Upon inspection, this jersey was originally a #44 which was worn by Geno Ceppetelli until 1967 but no other known player between 1968 and 1971. The previous 44 numbers were glued and sewn on and there are repairs under the 77 numbers so the jersey was worn as a #44. It is possible that a player who does not appear in the available online rosters wore #44 before the jersey was converted to #77. It is more likely that the jersey was put to use as a #44 in the preseason as CFL teams played 4 preseason games a year at this time. The current numbers are glued with likely a spray adhesive and sewn on. There is heavy wear including impact marks, fabric runs and at least 21 team repairs. The sleeves have been shortened significantly and appear to match game photos of Tony Gabriel from 1971. We have not seen any durene jerseys in the hobby that were used by the Tiger-Cats after Gabriel left the club after the 1974 season.

Tim Beamer - DB/RB (Johnson C. Smith)

Tim Beamer began his professional career by being drafted in the 5th round (113th overall) by the Buffalo Bills in the 1971 NFL Draft. He played 12 games for the club in 1971 and saw action as a kick returner. Beamer played in the CFL in 1973, suiting up in 8 games for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and another 4 with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. With Hamilton, he was credited with one interception, returned a fumble for an 84-yard score and had one rushing carry on offense for 42 yards. He picked off two passes for the Bombers. Beamer would finish his career by playing with the Memphis Southmen of the WFL in both seasons of their existence. He returned a kickoff for an 82-yard touchdown in 1974 and caught 4 passes for 52 yards. In 1975, Beamer rushed the ball 7 times for 44 yards for the Southmen.

This Rawlings size 48 durene jersey with sewn-on numbers was worn by Beamer in 1973. The tagging dates to 1972 at the earliest and Beamer was the only Tiger-Cats player to wear this number from 1972 to 1976. By 1977, the team had been wearing mesh jerseys for a few seasons and I am not aware of the Ti-Cats wearing durenes or cold-weather knits after the early 70's. There are a few green paint transfer marks on the right shoulder along with a small number of other impact marks. The sleeves have been shortened. It exhibits a decent amount of wash wear as the black sleeves have faded. Perhaps this jersey was passed down to the Jr. Tiger-Cats for use. There is a decent sized repair in the right shoulder along with one very small unrepaired hole but overall, the jersey remains in nice condition. I could not find evidence of a former nameplate on this one. This jersey was acquired from a former Tiger-Cats equipment manager.

Multiple Players

We have done some research on this one and believe it was used between 1974 to 1976. The collar tag on this Southern Athletic light mesh road jersey is quite faded. The jersey shows some customization with sleeves that have been shortened. The numbers and stripes have been screened on. It shows an area of wear, perhaps by friction, on the left front just under the sleeve and has one nice repair in the right shoulder along with some impact marks. The big question is whether this was worn by quarterback Chuck Ealey. Ealey played with the Tiger-Cats from 1972 until midway through the 1974 season. Photos indicate that the Tiger-Cats were still wearing durene jerseys in their 1972 Grey Cup season. From Scott Grant photos and other known Tiger-Cats examples, the team appears to have moved from durene to mesh in 1974. The line across the front of the jersey below the neck does not match up to 1973 Tiger Cat photos but does in 1974. The rounded collar does provide some clues to dating the garment. Again, from Scott Grant's photo archives, v-neck collars seem to have replaced the rounded collar in 1976. Players who wore #16 for the Tiger-Cats from 1974 to 1976 include Ealey, DB Brian Donnelly 1974, DB David Lane 1975 and RB Les Strayhorn 1975-76. There is a lot of stitching that remains on the upper back of the jersey. There is plenty stitching remains on the upper back of the jersey which indicate at least three different nameplates were once attached there and possibly four.

The 1984 Eastern Division Champion 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.  

Tony Champion - WR (Tennessee-Martin)

Tony Champion went undrafted out of college after suffering a knee injury during his senior season. As a junior, he set a school record for most receptions in a single season. He began an 8-year career in the CFL with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 1985. He put up big numbers in his first full season in the league in 1986, catching 74 balls for 1,216 yards and 6 scores. His best season came in 1989 when he was runner up for the CFL Most Outstanding Player Award by hauling in 95 passes for 1,656 yards and 15 majors. Over his career, he made 340 receptions for 5,498 yards and 37 touchdowns in 85 regular season games. He is often remembered for a beautiful catch with 44 seconds remaining in the 1989 Grey Cup that pulled the Tiger-Cats into a tie with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Champion wore this heavy mesh Saxon size L jersey for road games with the Tiger-Cats in 1985 or 1986. There is evidence of a nameplate that was removed with several threads still in the back of the jersey. It shows good game wear with several scuffs, hit marks and some paint transfer. There are two repairs in the right shoulder and two repairs on the back. One back repair has seen a sizable section of the jersey ripped out and a piece of white knit material has been sewn on the inside of the jersey to cover the hole. In terms of dating this jersey, the Tiger-Cats added the leaping tiger to their sleeves in 1985 and Champion took over as the entire league outfitter in 1987. Champion wore #1 at the beginning of his career with the Tiger-Cats before switching to #87.

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 during that period, 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 and remained there for six seasons. In 1984 he emerged as a top safety in the CFL by picking off 4 passes for 152 return yards and adding 3 fumble recoveries. In 1988, Flagel inked a deal with the Calgary Stampeders as a free agent. His stay there lasted only 3 games before he was dealt by the Stamps to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats for linebacker Ken Ford. Flagel played the remainder of 1988 and the first 11 games of 1989 for the Ti-Cats before he was traded again, this time to the Ottawa Rough Riders for center Rae Robirtis. He spent two and a half seasons in the nation’s capital before retiring after the 1991 campaign. His best season came in 1990 where he was a turnover machine for the Riders by picking off 8 passes and recovering 6 fumbles. Over his 10-year career, Flagel had 40 interceptions, 20 fumble recoveries and 7 blocked kicks. He was a divisional All-Star in six seasons and earned All-CFL status three times. My guess is that this sweater is from a prior set of Tiger-Cats jerseys and used for Flagel when he was acquired mid-season in 1988. Hamilton added trim to their numbers in 1989. The Champion by Ravens Knit tagging matches the game jerseys used by the Montreal Alouettes in 1986. The player's number has been written in black marker on the hem tag, a common practice by equipment managers to identify a specific jersey when they are stacked in a pile.

Earl Winfield - Wide Receiver (North Carolina)

Earl Winfield started his pro career with a tryout for 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 yards and return four punts for touchdowns. This earned him another shot at the NFL in 1989 but he was released by the San Francisco 49ers in training camp. Winfield returned to Hamilton and helped the club reach the Grey Cup later that year. His 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 hauled in 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-Cat 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 tagging including the 92 year tag, the CFL neck logo and screened on numbers and logos. In 1993, the CFL switched to Starter as the league-wide jersey supplier. This jersey was not recycled, but for some reason the nameplate and Canada 125 patch that was once on the right breast were removed. The nameplate was possibly reused 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. It exhibits moderate game wear with a few impact marks and a L-shaped team repair on the back. There is some cracking on the stripes on the arms due to age. There is a potential match to 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 - LB / OL (Penn State)

Pete Giftopoulos was a first round draft pick (6th overall) by the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the 1988 CFL Draft. After attending Pittsburgh Steelers training camp, he signed with the Riders who promptly dealt him to the Tiger-Cats 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 appearing in 125 regular season games. He became a regular in his second season and was a starter for the next two seasons recording 77 tackles in 1990 and 62 in 1991. Gifto was a backup linebacker, offensive lineman as well as a top special teams player for the Ti-Cats from 1993 until the end of his career in 1995. 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 Penn State football history. Like most other Tiger-Cats from the era, this Starter jersey 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 and signed with the Indianapolis Colts, 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 released him prior to the 1996 season. This Starter jersey exhibits heavy game wear and is 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 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 while Motton found a home in 2001-02 seasons with the Buffalo Destroyers. He did not play in 2003 but returned for one final season of Arena football in 2004 with his hometown Columbus Destroyers. His Arena statistics in 79 games include 3 INTs, 6 sacks and 7 fumble recoveries. On offense, Motton rushed for 314 yards and 18 TDs 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 and five team repairs. It 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 1996 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 stitch marks remain where it was once attached to the garment. The jersey is dated to 1993 but there is no evidence of a Grey Cup patch that all playoff teams wore that season so this sweater was likely first put to use for Carter in 1994. There is the outline of a circular patch that was once on the right front shoulder. This was most likely the 1994 Tiger Cat commemorative 100 year patch. 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 scuffing, numerous impact marks and a dozen team repairs. It was obtained from Ebay in 2016.

Paul Osbaldiston - K/P (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 for three teams in 1986, appearing in three games for the Lions before being released. He signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and played in five games before being waived again. Osbaldiston then inked a contract with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats where he would go on to rewrite the team's place kicking and punting records over seventeen seasons. Ozzie was a CFL East All-Star six times as a kicker and once as a punter. He was a league All-Star in 1996, 1998 and 2001. He made 669 of 927 field goal attempts (72.2%) and averaged 41.6 yards on 2,143 punts. After a career that included two Grey Cup wins, Osbaldiston spent several years on the Tiger-Cats coaching staff.

This Starter size 48 jersey 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 whose 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. It has little to no wear on it, which is 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" 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 has slightly yellowed in colour 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. A Radically Canadian patch is affixed on the right chest. This jersey shows 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 were cut to loosen them. It was obtained from Classic Auctions in 2012.

Joe Montford - DE (South Carolina State)

Joe Montford began his pro career in 1995 with the Charlotte Rage of the Arena League. In seven games, he registered 2 sacks and rushed the ball 7 times for 12 yards and 2 scores. After the Arena season ended, Montford signed with the CFL's Shreveport Pirates for the rest of the regular season and appeared in 4 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 played the final two seasons of his career with the Eskimos. Over his 12-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. The Tiger-Cats added his name to their Wall of Honour in 2018.

This Starter size 50 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. 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. It was obtained from Glory Days Sports at the Toronto Sportscard Expo in 2000.

Archie Amerson - RB / 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. As a slotback, Amerson would help the Tiger-Cats win the 1999 Grey Cup in Vancouver. His best season came 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. 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's 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. Over 8 seasons, Amerson appeared in 123 games, all but one with the Tiger-Cats. He hauled in 436 passes for 6,298 yards and 37 scores. As a runner, he picked up 1,654 yards on 356 carries and 8 scores.

Amerson wore this Puma jersey for road games in 2000. It features the Tiger-Cats 50th patch on the left shoulder which commemorates the golden anniversary of the merger between the Hamilton Tigers and Hamilton Wildcats in 1950 to form the Tiger-Cats.

Trevor Shaw - WR / Slotback (Weber State)

Trevor Shaw was a 1st round pick (6th overall) of the BC Lions 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 before being released. 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. In a 9-year career that ended after the 2003 campaign, Shaw had 91 pass receptions for 1,053 yards and 6 scores in 126 regular season games.

Shaw wore this Puma jersey in 2002. It has the correct tagging including the final year of this style CFL neck logo. The name and numbers are sewn on with the name attached to a plate. The jersey also has remnants of a small red patch that was sewn on the left breast and a larger red patch, 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. It 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 by playing in 3 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 a newer style CFL neck logo sewn overtop as any older jerseys recycled for use in the 2003 season had this done. It has remnants of a small red sponsor patch used in 2002 that was sewn on the left breast and a larger black patch sewn over top. It displays moderate game wear consistent with the number of games Hamilton played in 2002. This jersey was obtained at the Tiger-Cats 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 BC Lions 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 a pass for 4 yards. 

The jersey has the correct tagging on it, including the correct 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 photos taken by Ron Scheffler on July 12, 2008 in a game against Saskatchewan. It has also been photo matched to a late 2007 photo of Armour taken by a fan. The jersey shows nice 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, which can be seen in the photo of Armour. 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 as a senior. In 2011, he signed with the Calgary Stampeders and appeared in 2 games. He spent the 2012 season with the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena League where he was credited with 3 solo tackles and a pass breakup by league statisticians. Scott spent the 2013 to 2015 seasons with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and had 2 quarterback sacks in 11 games over that time. Scott signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in May 2016 but was released prior to the regular season.

This Reebok size 44 jersey shows some hit marks and was Hamilton's third jersey. Reebok made every CFL team a set of third jerseys in 2014 with Hamilton and BC earning high marks and Winnipeg's generally being the most maligned. The Tiger-Cats wore this sharp looking alternate jersey on occasion in the 2014 and 2015 seasons before the style was retired.