Game Worn Football Jersey 

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

Sacramento Gold Miners

The 1993 Sacramento Gold Miners

The 1993 Sacramento Gold Miners Dance Team

Jimmy Kemp - Quarterback (Wake Forest)

Jimmy Kemp began his career with the Sacremento Gold Miners in 1994 as a third-string quarterback behind David Archer and Kerwin Bell. Kemp followed the team to San Antonio in 1995 and moved up the depth chart to the primary backup behind Archer. After the US teams folded, he was selected in the 3rd round (27th overall) of the dispersal draft by the Montreal Alouettes. After 8 games with Montreal in 1996, Kemp was traded to the Saskatchewan Roughriders. In 1997, he signed as a free agent with Edmonton where he played two years. The Eskimos traded him to the Toronto Argonauts in 1999 along with DL Inoke Brekterfield for DB Marcello Simmons and QB Nealon Greene. Kemp spent his final three seasons in Toronto before reportedly sitting out the 2002 season in a dispute with the team over moving expenses and did not play in the league again. In his CFL career, he competed 831 of 1,490 passes (55.8%) with 61 touchdowns and 79 interceptions. His father, Jack Kemp, was a star with the Buffalo Bills before becoming a Congressman and running with Bob Dole on the Republican ticket in the 1996 US election.

This Starter jersey is from the 1993 set but was used in 1994. No one wore #15 for the Gold Miners in 1993. Kemp completed 5 of 10 passes in 1994 for 54 yards. This one shows minimal use, which matches Kemp's limited action on the field that season. I sold this jersey to another collector in 2018.

Robert Stevenson - Guard (Florida State)

Robert Stevenson's biggest claim to fame may be the fact that he was one of the offensive lineman who blocked for Emmitt Smith in high school. At Florida State he was recognized by Football News as a second team All-American in his senior season in 1992. Stevenson attended training camp with the Atlanta Falcons in 1993. He signed with the Sacramento Gold Miners of the CFL as a free agent in April 1994 and appeared in 15 games. Stevenson followed the team from Sacramento to San Antonio in 1995 as the team became the Texans in the lone star state. He appeared in all 18 Texans games that year and was credited with six special teams tackles. When the US teams folded after the 1995 season, Stevenson signed as a free agent with the Ottawa Rough Riders and appeared in 15 games for them in 1996. The Rough Riders folded after the 1996 season and Stevenson was selected by the Montreal Alouettes in the dispersal draft on March 12, 1997 in the 4th round (29th overall). Stevenson did not suit up for a regular season game for the Alouettes.

This is another Gold Miner jersey from the 1993 set that was used during the following season. The sleeves still have the traditional cut while the sleeveless lineman jerseys first appeared in the 1994 Starter sets. Stevenson wore this size 48 jersey for road games in 1994. All idenfiers are screened on and there is some cracking in some areas. It has spandex side panels and shows decent game wear with plenty of hit marks and one team repair.

Herschel Currie - Defensive Back (Oregon State)

Herschel Currie started out as a receiver in college with the Oregon State Beavers before being converted to defensive back. He played just one season in the CFL with the second-year Sacramento Gold Miners in 1994. Over that season he was credited with four special teams tackles. He appeared in one game in the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals that same year. Currie would later suit up in the Arena League from 1997 to 1999 with the San Jose SaberCats where he picked off 10 passes including a very impressive 8 in 1997 alone. This Starter size 46 long home teal jersey shows light use which is consistent with Currie's playing time with the Gold Miners that year.

Tony Hargain - Wide Receiver (Oregon)

Tony Hargain was a two-sport star (basketball) at Oregon before being drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the 8th round (221st overall) of the 1991 NFL Draft. He did not make the roster but signed with the Kansas City Chiefs and caught his only passes in the NFL in 1992. His statistics that season were 17 receptions for 205 yards in 12 games. The Chiefs waived him at the conclusion of 1993 training camp. Hargain also had stints with the Los Angeles Rams and Denver Broncos but did not suit up for either team in a regular season game. Hargain signed with the Sacramento Gold Miners in 1994. That season, he appeared in 13 games and caught 39 passes for 617 yards in his only CFL season. Hargain was selected by the London Monarchs in the 5th round (29th overall) of the 1997 World League player draft but did not play for the team. Since his playing days ended, Hargain has enjoyed a successful career in the business world. He founded Hustlin USA Clothing in 2003, which is now a top apparel line for billiards players. Also of interest is that according to the Los Angeles Police Department, a former associate of Hargain’s at Oregon (Sammie Archer III) assumed his identity while attempting to consign a stolen Picasso painting to Christy’s Auction House in Beverly Hills before getting busted. Hargain was not involved.

Hargain wore this Starter road white jersey with the Gold Miners in 1994. The elastic cuffs have been cut off both sleeves. There is some cracking on the front number mostly concentrated on the bottom. The jersey shows light to moderate game wear with a few impact marks on the shoulders.

Rod Harris - Wide Receiver (Texas A&M)

Rod Harris was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the 4th round (104th overall) of the 1989 NFL Draft and was used as a kick returner in his rookie year. In 1990, he returned kicks for both the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles. Harris spent the entire 1991 season with the Eagles and caught his only 2 NFL passes that year. In the NFL, he totalled 87 kick returns in 3 years but also fumbled 13 times. Harris began his CFL career with the expansion Sacramento Gold Miners in 1993. He caught 90 passes for 1,379 yards and 7 majors in 1993 and followed that up with another excellent year for the Gold Miners in 1994, catching 86 passes for 1,280 yards and 10 TDs. In both years, Harris was named a CFL West All-Star. In 1995, he signed with the Shreveport Pirates but played only 6 games, catching 8 passes. He spent 1996 and 1997 in Saskatchewan and totalled 105 receptions there. His final two seasons in the CFL were with the BC Lions in 1998 and 1999. Harris would end his CFL career with 367 receptions for 5,413 yards and 28 TDs. He also returned 3 punts for touchdowns.

Harris wore these Ripon size 34 short pants during his tenure with the Gold Miners. It comes complete with original belt. It shows solid game wear with a major repair across the left knee, an unrepaired hole about an inch long on the lower right side along with some piling and turf staining in both knees. From the inscriptions on the waist, it appears these pants may have been used by a couple of other players. One number cannot be made out while there is a teal number 44 that has been scribbled out with black marker. I could find no player being issued number 44 for the Gold Miners so it was likely a player who went to training camp with the team but did not make the squad.

Robert Turner - DB (Washington State)

Robert Turner had a brief career in the CFL with the Sacramento Gold Miners, suiting up for 9 games with the club in 1994. He was primarily employed on special teams, where he made 13 of the 18 tackles league statisticians credited him with. Turner wore this Starter size 48 long jersey for home games at Hornet Stadium that year. It exhibits light wear with a couple impact marks. 

Willie Fears - Defensive End (Northwestern State)

Well-travelled Willie Fears began his pro career by playing 3 games for the Cincinnati Bengals in 1987, perhaps as a replacement player during the NFL strike. He headed north in 1988, playing in 9 games for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He split the 1989 season with the Ottawa Rough Riders and Toronto Argonauts. In 1990, Fears returned to the NFL, playing in 2 games for the Minnesota Vikings. He was part of the San Antonio Riders of the WLAF in 1992 before playing with the Arena league's Cleveland Thunderbolts later that year and again in 1993. Fears made a return to the CFL with the Sacramento Gold Miners in 1994 and enjoyed his best season with 6 sacks. He remained with the franchise in 1995 when it relocated to San Antonio as the Texans. Fears would close out his career in the Arena league, spending 1996 with the Tampa Bay Storm and 1997 with the Nashville Kats. Over 10 years, Fears suited up for 5 NFL contests, 52 in the CFL, 38 Arena games and a season in the WLAF. He recorded 11 sacks in the CFL, 10 in the Arena league and 2 in the WLAF.

This Starter jersey size 52 was worn by Fears in 1994. The tagging is actually for 1993, but Fears only played for Sacramento in 1994. There is no evidence of a different nameplate being on the jersey, so it was an unused 93 model that Fears received. The jersey has the correct CFL neck logo and the numbers are screen printed on. Fears name is screen printed onto a nameplate. The jersey has heavy game wear but only a couple of team repairs. There are many marks and rips all over the shoulders of this jersey and it has been washed so many times that the screened on areas are cracking and fading badly. This jersey has been through some battles! It was obtained from Ebay in 2000.

Jason Wallace - Cornerback (Virginia)

Jason Wallace began his career as a free agent signing of the Indianapolis Colts in 1991. He was released and selected the following year by the Ohio Glory in the 3rd round (23rd overall) of the WLAF Draft. After a season with the Glory, Wallace signed as a free agent with the expansion Sacramento Gold Miners of the CFL. He played both seasons of the Gold Miners existence. Wallace followed the club to San Antonio by signing as a free agent in May 1995 and picked off 4 passes in the Texans lone season. He closed out his career by playing a single game for the Ottawa in 1996 after being the first selection of the 4th round (28th overall) in the dispersal draft of US teams. In 40 career CFL games, Wallace picked off 8 passes.

This Starter jersey size 46 was worn by Wallace in 1994 when he played 12 games in his second year with the Gold Miners, intercepting 3 passes and returning one for a score. It has the correct CFL neck logo with numbers that are screen printed on. Wallace’s name is screen printed onto a nameplate. The jersey has game wear consistent with a cornerback with impact marks on the front, back and shoulders. There are no team repairs. There is significant wear on the front screen printed numbers that has caused cracking and loss of the teal colour. Strangely, the arms, which are made of rubberized printing, are in great shape. Other examples from this year that I have seen or owned had significant cracking and fading, but this one does not. The jersey was obtained from Classic Auctions in 2011.

Greg Joelson - Defensive Line (Arizona State)

Greg Joelson began his pro career as a free agent signing of the BC Lions in August 1990. He played in 7 games for the Lions and was credited with 2 sacks, a fumble recovery and 18 tackles before being released the following month. In 1991, he signed with the San Francisco 49ers of the NFL. He was released at the end of training camp and spent time their practice roster before playing in 4 games for the team. In 1992, he inked a deal with the San Diego Chargers and went to training camp with the club. In May 1993, he agreed to terms with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats but was let go prior to playing a game. The Sacramento Gold Miners signed Joelson in August 1993 and he spent the rest of that season and the next one playing for the club. Joelson played in 27 games for the Miners and tallied 4 sacks and scored on a 31-yard fumble return in 1993. He totalled 6 sacks in 34 CFL regular season games during his CFL career.

This Starter jersey size 48 was worn by tackle/end Joelson in 1994 when he played 16 games in his second year with the Gold Miners, recording 28 total tackles and a sack. The jersey has the CFL neck logo and the numbers are screen printed on. Joelson’s name is screen printed onto a nameplate. The jersey has heavy game wear and two team repairs, including a 3 inch long one on the left shoulder right under the Starter logo. There are many marks and small rips all over the shoulders of this jersey but the screened on areas are in excellent condition with minimal cracking or fading. This jersey has been through some battles! The jersey was obtained from Ebay in 2010.