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 2019 Husker Collectible and Autograph Show.
Nebraska Commemorative Tractor
>>This limited-edition (number inside the back wheel), scale-model, diecast International Harvester tractor commemorated Nebraska’s 1995 National Championship team.
>>The commemorative tractor is quite rare.
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>>International Harvester’s actual “row-crop” tractor, Model 1586, was built in Rock Island, Ill., from 1976 to 1981 and sold for $43,300 new in 1981, according to TractorData.com. More than 13,500 of the tractors were produced during that time.
>>The IH Model 1586 tractor was not built with a block “N” below the cab, of course, but the color scheme was the same as on the commemorative scale model.
>>This commemorative tractor was given to former Husker assistant coach George Darlington by Rich Mettler of Mettler Family Bakery in Lincoln (now closed), where Darlington was a regular customer. On the way to the South Stadium offices “I used to stop to get a doughnut,” Darlington said.
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.