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Ernie Ladd Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

ERNIE LADD
Born: November 28, 1938 in Rayville, Louisiana
Died: March 10, 2007 in Franklin, Louisiana
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Ernie Ladd (1938-2007) was a star defensive tackle in the American Football League before it merged with the NFL. He took the field in 112 consecutive games, most with the San Diego Chargers (1961-1965). Ladd played in three AFL championship games, and in Super Bowl I for the Kansas City Chiefs. The largest player of his era (6'9", 315 lbs.), he was still quick enough to earn the nickname "Big Cat". In 1968, Ladd quit football in his prime (age 28) because he could make more money wrestling. In scripted wrestling matches, he played the "bad guy" by choice, because, "I was too big to get sympathy by getting beat on." In his wrestling days, Ladd arrived at the ring in his "Promises, Promises" vest, inspired by the 1968 Dionne Warwick song. When his opponents boasted that they would take him down, Ladd would bellow, "Promises, empty promises."   
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  • ERNIE LADD - APPLICATION SIGNED 02/19/1968  - HFSID 258812
    ERNIE LADD A filled in and signed application for Ladd's renewal of his wrestling license, dated 1968, during the beginning of his wrestling career Application signed: "Ernie Ladd", 5x3 card. No place, 1968 February 19. New York State Athletic Commission printed Application for renewal of Wrestler License.

    Sale Price $288.00

    $320.00

  • ERNIE LADD - AUTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: EARL FAISON - HFSID 275174
    ERNIE LADD and EARL FAISON Stars of the San Diego Chargers' "Fearsome Foursome." Signatures: "Ernie Ladd #77", "Best Wishes/Earl Faison #86", signed on back of a folded third of a 13½x3½ fragment of an election pamphlet. Ink caption (unknown hand) in upper right corner.

    Sale Price $72.00

    $80.00

  • ERNIE LADD - PAYCHECK ENDORSED 05/30/1972 CO-SIGNED BY: JOHNNY THE GOLDEN ADONIS - HFSID 83284
    ERNIE LADD and JOHNNY POWERS Ladd's signature endorsing a check from the Ameri-Can Wrestling Club. Also signed by wrestling announcer Johnny Powers Paycheck endorsed: "Ernie Ladd" on verso, 8¼x3. Also signed by "John Powers". Cleveland, Ohio, 1972 May 30. Check No.

    Sale Price $288.00

    $320.00

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