Football and racing fans alike are expected to flock to Dawsonville later this week to get an up-close glimpse at the treasure trove of collectibles former NFL head coach and NASCAR owner and driver Jerry Glanville has accumulated throughout his storied career.
Glanville will be holding a living estate sale this week at his lake home in Dawsonville, where fans will be able to pick through his personal collection of game balls, bowl watches and rings, photos, trophies, tickets and awards.
The address for the estate sale is 130 Holly Drive in the Chestatee neighborhood.
Glanville, 72, said he decided to begin selling off the items he accumulated over his 29-year coaching career, because "it would have been too much work to leave for family if I wait until I'm in the box."
The sale is 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
As head coach of the NFL's Atlanta Falcons and Houston Oilers, Glanville, who many remember for stalking the sidelines in his trademark black attire and for leaving tickets at will call for Elvis Presley to each game he coached, compiled a 60-69 career record over nine seasons, taking the Falcons to the playoffs in 1991.
"Many of Jerry's items are one of kind, and pricing items like these are a challenge because they are rarely seen on the resale market," said Donna Davis, who is running the estate sale. "Jerry and his wife have been wonderful to work with. Jerry is taking a great interest in making sure I am aware of the significance of some of the items he will be selling."
Several NFL game balls, the watches and rings from collegiate bowl games, souvenir tickets and dozens of individual and team photographs will be available in the sale.
Among some of the more interesting items are several pairs of cowboy boots.
"One pair of the Falcons boots we had made for the entire team, and other boots were made by David Wheeler in Houston," Glanville said. "There are some made from all kinds of material. One pair is made from NFL footballs, there is one pair made of elephant skin for riding motorcycles, and a pair of kangaroo skin for when it's over 90 degrees."
Glanville also earned notoriety as the owner/driver of the No. 81 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series team from 1995 through 1999, with a best finish of 14th, which the team recorded three times. In 1995, he finished 18th in points, his best individual season mark. The sale will include many items related to his racing career.