There’s a lot of great Husker memorabilia out there. Husker Attic is how we’ve showcased those vintage finds in every issue of Hail Varsity since our very first one. In the weeks ahead we’re sharing some of those gems online for the first time. Brought to you by Husker Army Presents 2020 Husker Collectible and Autograph Show.
Bob Devaney Decanter
The four-fifths quart Jim Beam whiskey decanter commemorates Nebraska's first two football national championships under coach Bob Devaney in 1970 and 1971.
>>The stopper is a bust of Bob Devaney, Nebraska's coach from 1962 through 1972.
>>The 86-proof Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey was "130 months old." It was "bottled by James B. Beam Distilling Co." in Clermont, Kentucky.
>>Bob Devaney's overall coaching record to that point, 127-28-6, and his record at Nebraska, 92-18-1, are included on the back of the decanter.
>>Bob Devaney had intended to retire following the 1971 season but was persuaded to remain in an attempt to win an unprecedented third consecutive championship. The Huskers finished 9-2-1 and fourth in the final AP poll in 1972, when this decanter was produced.
>>The Devaney decanter is among the most popular and generally less expensive than most related to the Huskers from that time.
Looking to add some new Husker memorabilia to your own collection? The 2019 Husker Collectible and Autograph Show, presented by Husker Army, is the place for you the day after Nebraska’s spring game. Find full details of the event at the Husker Army Facebook page.
Mike is in his 40th year covering Husker athletics, after seven years of community-college teaching. He has written and edited a dozen books, all on Nebraska football except one, a brief history of Husker basketball. He previously wrote for the Lincoln Journal and Star and Huskers Illustrated. He enjoys music, from the Grateful Dead and Jack Johnson to Van Morrison, Bob Wills, Glenn Miller and pretty much anyone else.