SCP Auctions will present Auburn Tigers’ Head Football Coach Gus Malzahn’s game-worn sweater vest from last year’s thrilling 78th Iron Bowl Game in its 2014 Fall Premier starting Nov. 19, at www.scpauctions.com.
Branded “Kick Bama Kick” for Alabama’s kicking blunders, the game was played on Nov. 30, 2013, vs. No. 1-ranked Alabama at Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium and ended in jubilation for Tigers’ fans when Auburn’s Chris Davis returned Alabama’s ill-fated 57-yard field goal attempt a miraculous 109 yards the other way as time expired (Davis’ helmet from that game sold for $47,190 earlier this year). The sequence of events gave No. 4-ranked Auburn a stunning 34-28 victory as the Tigers scored two touchdowns in the final 32 seconds to steal the game from their bitter rivals. Many media members call the “Kick Six” the single greatest moment in college football history. This year’s Iron Bowl takes place on Nov. 29, at Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium.
The consignor of the jersey is “Managers on a Mission,” a non-profit organization based in Minnesota that supports the development of student managers at university athletic departments through service projects throughout the United States and faith-focused mission trips to orphanages in Africa. SCP Auctions received the item directly from Drew Boe, who served last season as Auburn’s assistant equipment manager and now serves as the executive director of Managers on a Mission. He came to SCP Auctions and explained the situation. He had approached Coach Malzahn after the Iron Bowl game to see if he’d be interested in donating the sweater vest to “Managers on a Mission.” Malzahn decided it was a worthy cause and donated not only his sweater vest from the Iron Bowl, but his Under Armour undershirt as well. All proceeds from the sale of this item will go toward Managers on a Mission. The online auction ends on Dec. 6.
The trademark Under Armour sweater vest Coach Malzahn wears each game has become one of the most popular pieces of Auburn licensed merchandise for alumni and fans. And the specific one he wore for the 2013 Iron Bowl is the Holy Grail. Presented over the Under Armour undershirt Malzahn also wore for the game, it comes in a large 34-by-42-inch black frame accompanied by three 6-by-8-inch game photos, one of which is signed by Coach Malzahn and inscribed “War Eagle” — Auburn’s famous battle cry and fight song. Based on the recent sale of the Davis “Kick Six” game-worn helmet, SCP Auctions estimates the Malzahn sweater vest could go for $20,000 or more. Included is a notarized Certificate of Authenticity from Auburn University, signed by the Team Equipment Manager (Dana Marquez) and the Assistant Athletics Director of Football (David Gunn).