President Gerald R. Ford Autograph and a Photograph of His High School Football Team.
Lot 3. President Gerald R. Ford Autograph and a Photograph of His High School Football Team. The sepia photo 7.5” x 14.25” photo shows Ford, who is identified in the caption, with his 1929 Grand Rapids South High School teammates. A junior in 1929, Ford was named team captain, apparently for the 1930 season, when he was selected for the All-City Team of the Grand Rapids City League. Printed on relatively thin lightly coated paper, the photo appears to be vintage. It has 0.5” tear at the right edge and otherwise displays as ex. The blank reverse shows light soiling and a small scuff. Ford’s autograph is mint 9 on an unlined 3” x 5” index card tailored for collecting autographs and player information. Ford played center, linebacker and long snapper at the University of Michigan, where he helped the team to win two national championships and was its MVP in 1934. He played in the East-West Shrine Game in 1935 and was a member of the 1935 College All-Star Team. Ford earned a bachelor of arts in economics at Michigan and then a law degree at Yale, where he graduated in the top third of his class. He served as U.S. President from Aug. 9, 1974-Jan. 20, 1977 after President Richard Nixon resigned. Ford died in 2006. Matted and framed, the photo and autograph will make an outstanding display and conversation piece. Winning Bid $77.