Unitas helmet, contract among mementos up for bid

Updated: February 19, 2007, 3:22 PM ET
Associated Press

BALTIMORE -- Johnny Unitas was in the midst of a Hall of Fame career when he walked off the field and handed his helmet to a young member of the Baltimore Colts Marching Band.

The white helmet, with a blue horseshoe on each side and the numbers 1 and 9 on the back separated by a blue stripe, became a treasured item in John Ziemann's personal memorabilia collection.

And now, it's gone.

The helmet will go to the highest bidder at a sports memorabilia auction ...

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