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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     

Lot 4.  George Allen Autographed Book, “The Future is Now” - Scarce Autograph. The Hall of Fame NFL coach signed the flyleaf boldly in black ink. His large gem mint 10 signature, personalized “To Dale,” is preceded by “good luck” and followed by the date he signed, “Sept. 3rd 1977.” William Gildea and Kenneth Turan wrote the 318-page 1972 book, which they subtitled “George Allen: Football’s Most Controversial Coach.” Published by Houghton Mifflin, the book is ex+ with a vg dust jacket. Allen coached in the NFL from 1957 to 1977. He served as head coach of the Los Angeles Rams from 1966-70 and of the Washington Redskins from 1971-77. Typically, his teams finished first or second in their conference or division. They never had a losing season. His 1972 Redskins reached Super Bowl VII but lost to the Miami Dolphins, 14-7. At his retirement, his NFL winning percentage of .681 was exceeded only by Vince Lombardi’s .736 and John Madden’s .731. Allen died in 1990 at the age of 72. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002. Kevin Keating authenticated Allen’s autograph, which is scarce.
Winning Bid $92     

Lot 256.  1957 Check Signed by George Trafton, Pro Football Hall of Fame and 1920s All-Decade Team Center. He also was a football coach, boxer and boxing manager. Trafton’s NFL career spanned 1920-21 for the Decatur Staleys and 1923-32 for the Chicago Bears. He played on two NFL championship teams and was a six-time All-Pro. Red Grange called him the “meanest, toughest player alive.” In the 1940s, he served as a line coach for the Packers and then the Rams. In 1964, Trafton was part of the second class inducted into the Hall of Fame. He died in 1971. His autograph, uncommon on anything, is large, bold and nm-m 8 to mint 9 on a check for the real estate and property management business he operated. Kevin Keating authenticated the autograph.
Winning Bid $113     

Lot 257.  George Blanda Autograph on the Cover of the July 19, 1971 Issue of “Sports Illustrated. The 43-year-old Blanda (died 2010) occupies the front cover, which carries the ironic teaser, “George Blanda tells why it’s great to be young and a Raider.” Blanda’s autograph is a gem mint 10 beauty with “Think Win” written above. The cover has been slightly trimmed to 8” x 10” and laminated onto a plastic back. A small section of a mailing label is in the lower left corner.
Winning Bid $25     

Lot 258.  Vintage Autographed Photo of Joe Greene as a North Texas State U. Player. B&w 8” x 10” photo from the Sports Information Director at the university is vg with creases that do little to detract from the Green’s image, which stands out boldly and almost appears three dimensional against the empty stadium in the background. Greene neatly signed it, with “My Best Regards” preceding his autograph and “N.T.S.U” following. His signature is a 10. A consensus All-American at NTSU, Greene was the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1969 and Defensive Player of the Year twice. He is in both the Pro and College Football Halls of Fame. The only signed copy we have seen of this photo.
Winning Bid $138     

Lot 259.  Autograph of (Jerome) “Brud” Holland – All-American, College President and Diplomat. Holland, who grew up in a poor, hard-working black family in New York, chose not to be a victim and found a way to become an All-American success. According to one biography, “As early as age eight, young Jerome worked with his gardener/handyman father, and learned very early on that close attention to his school work would be the only way he could avoid continuing such menial work into his adulthood.” The short version of Holland’s story is that he enrolled at Cornell where, according to a newspaper account, he slept on a cot in a boiler room and worked as a waiter to help pay his tuition. He also integrated formerly segregated Cornell football. In both 1937 and 1938, he was an All-American end. After graduation, he might have played pro football - except that the NFL was segregated and remained so until after World War II. Fortunately, Holland was an excellent student, and he subsequently earned a Master of Science degree and a Ph.D. in sociology. His education and capabilities led to his serving as president of Delaware State College and, later, Hampton Institute. He was the first African-American to join the board of the New York Stock Exchange; in 1972, he became its Director. He was the first African-American appointed to Massachusetts Institute of Technology's governing body and the first to head the American Red Cross, a position he held from 1979 until his death in 1985. He also served for more than two years as U.S. Ambassador to Sweden and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Holland is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. His signature is at the end of a 1958 handwritten note on a half-page of Delaware State College stationery. In the note, Holland responds to a letter that apparently requested an autograph and a photo. He signed as “Brud” Holland. His siblings called him “Brudder,” and he eventually became known as “Brud.” The autograph is mint 9.
Winning Bid $50     

Lot 260.  Cal Hubbard Autograph - Only College & Pro Football and Baseball Halls of Fame Member. Robert Calvin Hubbard played football at Centenary College, where he became the schools’ first All-American, and at Geneva College. Then from 1927-36 he played, end, tackle and linebacker for the New York Giants, Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Pirates (Steelers). In that time, he helped the Giants or Packers to win four NFL Championships, was a four-time All-Pro – and created the linebacker position. Mel Hein, a Hall of Fame center, said Hubbard was “probably the greatest tackle I ever played against.” In 1963, Hubbard was part of the first class inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He had been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame a year earlier. In 1969, in a poll of Hall of Fame committee members, he was chosen as the NFL's greatest tackle of all-time. In 1928, during football’s off-season, Hubbard began umpiring in the minor leagues. His American League career began in 1936 and continued until 1951. Quickly emerging as one of baseball’s best umpires, Hubbard was selected to umpire the World Series in 1938, 1942, 1946 and 1949, and the All-Star Game in 1939, 1944 and 1949. He contributed to changes in the way games are umpired. In 1951 during the off-season, his right eye was severely damaged in a hunting accident, forcing his retirement. But the American League hired him soon afterwards as an assistant supervisor of officiating crews. From 1954-69, he served as the league’s top supervisor. In 1976, he became only the sixth umpire elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. He died in 1977. His large autograph is gem mint 10 on an unlined index card with “Best Wishes” above. Accompanying the autograph is an Oct. 2, 1944 newspaper photo that shows Hubbard in action in a Washington-Detroit game in which the Tigers’ loss enabled the St. Louis Browns to capture their first American League pennant. The 6.75” x 8.25” photo is ex.
Winning Bid $92     

Lot 261.  Bobby Layne Signed Index Card Featuring His Most Exciting Pro Football Moment. PSA/DNA authentication accompanies the autographed card. Layne is a member of both the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame. An All-America at quarterback at the University of Texas, he subsequently led the Detroit Lions to NFL Championships in 1952 and 1953. He helped them to win another in 1957; a broken leg ended his season in the 11th game. Layne played for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1958-62. When he retired before the start of the 1963 season, he held the NFL career records for passing attempts (3,700), completions (1,814), yards gained (26,768), touchdown passes (196) and interceptions (243). He is given credit for creating the two-minute drill. A six-time Pro Bowl selection, Layne was ranked 52nd on “The Sporting News” list of “Football’s 100 Greatest Players” in 1999. Among the last players to refuse to use a facemask, Layne was called "The Toughest Quarterback Who Ever Lived" in a 1995 special issue of “Sports Illustrated.” He died in 1986. His autograph is mint 9 on an index card that lists the teams he quarterbacked. On the back, he wrote “Most exciting moment was winning the N.F.L. Championship in 1952 against the Cleveland Browns.” He also commended teammate Joe Schmidt.
Winning Bid $168     

Lot 262.  1963 AP Wire Photo Signed by Ara Parseghian, Part of Notre Dame’s Coaching “Holy Trinity. The 8” x 9.75” b&w photo shows Parseghian on Dec. 14 after being selected to succeed Frank Leahy as Notre Dame’s coach. Beginning in 1956, Parseghian had coached Northwestern. At Notre Dame from 1964-74, he led the Fighting Irish to national championships in 1966 and 1973. All of his Notre Dame teams finished in the AP top 20, and all but two were top-10 caliber. He was installed in the College Hall of Fame in 1980. Parseghian’s autograph is bold and nm-m 8 with a very slight smudge on the “A” in his first name. Kevin Keating authenticated the signature. The photo is ex+. With Leahy and Knute Rockne, Parseghian is regarded as part of the “Holy Trinity” of Fighting Irish head coaches. He died in 2017 at the age of 94.
Winning Bid $15     

Lot 263.  Autographs of Joe Paterno and Duffy Daugherty – College Hall of Fame Coaches. From 1966-2011, Paterno’s Penn State teams won 409 games, went unbeaten in five seasons, won 24 of 37 bowl games and earned national championships in 1982 and 1986. Paterno’s honors include selection by “Sports Illustrated” as its “Sportsman of the Year” in 1986 and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Coach of the Year five times. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007. He died in 2012. Daugherty entered the Hall of Fame in 1984. He compiled a 109-69-5 record from 1954-72 as the head coach at Michigan State. In various polls, his teams won national championships in 1955, 1957, 1965 and 1966. He was the AFCA Coach of the Year in 1955. Daugherty died in 1987. Paterno’s signature is nm-m 10 on 3” x 5” paper for collecting collegiate football information. Daugherty’s is mint 9 with “Best Wishes” above on a lined 3” x 5” index card.
Winning Bid $50     

Lot 264.  Charley Trippi Autographed Official Wilson NFL Football with “HOF 68” Added. The football is nicely signed in silver sharpie, nm 7 to nm-m 8. Trippi starred at the University of Georgia, receiving the Maxwell Award as the nation’s best college player in 1946. In 2007, ESPN ranked him among the 25 best college football players ever. From 1947-55, he played halfback or quarterback for the Chicago Cardinals, earning two Pro Bowl selections and All-Pro honors three times. In 1947, he helped the Cardinals to win the NFL Championship. A star during the regular season, he scored two touchdowns, on a 44-yard run and a 75-yard punt return, as the Cardinals defeated the Philadelphia Eagles, 28-21. Enshrined in both the College and Pro Halls of Fame, he is the only player in Canton to accumulate 1000 yards receiving, 1000 yards passing and 1000 yards rushing. The ball he signed, which is used, shows scattered surface material and color loss.
Winning Bid $25     

Lot 265.  Autographs of HoFers Mike Webster and Dermontti Dawson on 8” x 10” Color Photos. Both players had Hall of Fame careers at center for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Generally considered the best center in NFL history, “Iron Mike” played on four Super Bowl championship teams with the Steelers and was an All-Pro seven times. He was a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 1997. Webster died in 2002. Dawson was a six-time All-Pro at center for the Steelers from 1988-2000. In 1996, he was the AFC co-Offensive Lineman of the Year. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2012. Webster’s autograph is large and bold, mint 10. His photo is matted and framed to 12.5” x 15.5”. With teammate Jeff Hartings, Dawson shares a photo that honors Webster. Both Dawson and Hartings autographed the photo in gold. Their signatures are mint 9 to gem mint 10. Hartings succeeded Dawson when he retired. The photo, No. 53 from an edition of 200, is matted and framed to 13.75” x 16.75”. These photos will look great in a Steelers room or a Hall of Fame display!
Minimum Bid $50     

Lot 266.  Legends of Pro Football Banquet Program Signed by Bobby Layne and John Henry Johnson. Held June 17, 1984 in Pittsburgh, this event was billed as “The Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback Reunion.” Steelers’ quarterbacks from 1948 through 1980 were scheduled to attend. Layne and Johnson autographed the back of the four-page program, which has the “NFL Alumni” logo on the front. The two autographs are close together and nm 7. Johnson added “Best Wishes” beneath his. The autographs have been authenticated by James Spence Authentication and come with a JSA Basic Cert with Certification Number M11025. Layne and Johnson, both members of the Pro Hall of Fame, were teammates with Detroit in 1957 and 1958 and with Pittsburgh from 1960-62. Layne passed away in 1986, and Johnson, in 2011.
Minimum Bid $75     

Lot 267.  Autographs of Hirsch, Mackey, Maynard and 11 More HoFers on 3” x 5” Index Cards. Authenticated by Kevin Keating, these signatures are nm-m and better on unlined cards: Chuck Bednarik (died 2015), Raymond Berry, Rosie Brown (d. 2004), Willie Davis, Sid Gillman (d. 2003), Crazylegs Hirsch (d. 2020), Jimmy Johnson, Yale Lary (d. 2017), John Mackey (personalized note to “Wallace”; d. 2011)), Don Maynard, Tex Schramm (d. 2003), Ernie Stautner (d. 2006), Jan Stenerud and Charley Trippi.
Minimum Bid $35     

Lot 268.  8 Pro Football Hall of Fame Autographs – Badgro, Barney, Hein, Joiner, Mack, Etc. Two autographs are on Gateway Stamp Co. “silk” cachet envelopes – Lem Barney and Charlie Joiner. The envelopes were issued in conjunction with each player’s HoF enshrinement. The other signatures are on separate Jim Thorpe first day covers with the stamp issued in his honor by the U.S. Postal Service on May 24, 1984. Four were written directly on the envelopes: Morris “Red” Badgro, Jim Langer, Larry Little and Tom Mack. Two others have signature cuts applied, one with Mike Haynes, and the other, with Mel Hein. These autographs are generally nm-m 8 or better. Badgro traced over several letters in his signature, apparently when the pen skipped. Badgro, Hein and Langer are deceased.
Minimum Bid $50     

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