A trove of Hawkeye sports memorabilia goes up for sale

Mark Emmert

Iowa Hawkeye fans who want to enter a new football season with some extra swag will get their chance this weekend.

Hundreds of pieces of Hawkeye sports memorabilia — including homecoming buttons spanning 1924-2015 — are the centerpiece of an estate sale at the home of the late Thomas Nereim. The house, at 2060 Melrose Ave. in Iowa City, overlooks Finkbine Golf Course. Hours of the sale are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Nereim, who died in 2011, was a lifelong supporter of Iowa sports. He owned the University Athletic Club for more than a quarter-century and was on the national I-Club board, which recognizes contributors to the Hawkeye and Iowa Scholarships funds.

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If you're looking for some Iowa Hawkeye souvenirs to take to the football games this fall, you might want to check out an estate sale in Iowa City this weekend.

His collection of memorabilia includes dozens of buttons and badges — including some rare items priced up to $1,900 — playbooks, programs, pennants, sweaters, watches, books and more. There also are framed posters and photos of a range of Hawkeye teams, from football to basketball to wrestling and even swimming. Autographs on those include such Iowa icons as Hayden Fry, Lute Olson, Dan Gable, B.J. Armstrong and George Raveling. There are a handful of pictures that include Olson, who was a friend of Nereim’s, including mementoes from Olson’s time as basketball coach at Arizona.

Hawkeye fans can buy a basketball autographed by the 1970 Big Ten Conference championship team, or a football helmet that doubles as a telephone from 1989.

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While the collection primarily consists of Iowa gear, there also is an autograph from golfer Arnold Palmer.

A more complete list of items, with photos, can be viewed at https://www.estatesales.net/IA/Iowa-City/52246/1288911.