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1940's Green Bay Packers Multi-Signed Book with Lambeau, Kiesling, Calhoun....

2011 August Chicago Signature Vintage Sports Collectibles Platinum Auction #7037

 
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Auction Ended On: Aug 4, 2011
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Location: Muvico
9701 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue
Rosemont, IL 60018

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1940's Green Bay Packers Multi-Signed Book with Lambeau, Kiesling, Calhoun. It's a bold statement, but we're prepared to make it--this is the most comprehensive collection of early Green Bay Packers autographs ever assembled. Fifty-four signatures appear in the presented hardcover (complete with original dust jacket) first edition of Arch Ward's The Green Bay Packers, a highly collectible volume in its own right as the first book every written about this historic franchise.

From the cast of characters, we are able with a reasonable degree of certitude to determine the occasions of the signings, a pair of events just after the close of the Second World War. The pre-war players' autographs likely date to the 1946 Homecoming Game at Green Bay's Old City Stadium, a contest between the Packers and the Chicago Cardinals attended by a great number of team veterans. The page dedicated to the 1947 roster was probably completed that year at the team's Rockwood Lodge training facility on the outskirts of Green Bay.

Like any good autographed Packers artifact, this volume begins with the signature of Curly Lambeau, whose black fountain pen offering appears on a full page image, effectively a signed photograph. George Calhoun resides within the book's pages as well, the former sports editor of the Green Bay Press Gazette who conspired with Lambeau to give birth to the team. Calhoun is not just one of the most important figures in Packers history but also one of its rarest signatures, with just a handful of known exemplars.

Possibly the toughest autograph in the Pro Football Hall of Fame is present in the form of Walter Kiesling, whose two seasons of Packers service is often forgotten given his twenty-year association with the rival Pittsburgh Steelers.

Other notable names:

Bruce Smith--Tough Heisman Trophy winner who passed away at age forty-seven.

Verne Lewellen--Nearly impossible signature, with less than a few known.

Cub Buck--The Packers' first "big signing." A Wisconsin standout and blocker for Jim Thorpe on the 1920 Canton Bulldogs.

Ted Fritsch--Packers standout running back from 1942-50, and a legend in the small Wisconsin college town of Stevens Point.

Jim Coffeen--Member of first team in 1919. First team PA announcer.

Tubby Bero--Member of first team in 1919. Police Chief of Green Bay.

Dave Zuidmulder--Fire Chief of Green Bay.

Dr. W. Webber Kelley--Team president, first team physician.

Clark Hinkle, Tony Canadeo, Don Hutson, Arnie Herber, Mike Michalske--Hall of Famers.

All signatures remain as bold as the day they were applied, with any condition issues relating to the book itself. It appears that Johnny Blood's signature was clipped from above his photo inside the book, leaving a corresponding gap on the back of the page, where Hutson resides. The page is also torn and repaired with vintage tape, which has stained the adjoining pages as well. Otherwise the book remains in quite nice condition, likely filed for decades on a climate-controlled shelf. May the biggest Packers fan win! Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication.

Full list of signatures: Walter Kiesling - University of St. Thomas, Curly Lambeau - Notre Dame, Bo Molenda - Michigan, Verne Lewellen - Nebraska, Arnie Herber - Regis (HOF), Andy Uram - Minnesota, "Indian" Jack Jacobs - Oklahoma, Jug Earp - Monmouth, Al Rose - Texas, Mike Michalske - Penn State (HOF), Ben Starret - St. Mary's, Mike Bucchianeri - Indiana, Joe Laws - Iowa, Tom Hearden - Notre Dame, Charlie Mathys - Indiana, Jim Coffeen - First team announcer, Tubby Bero - Police Chief of Green Bay, Dave Zuidmulder - Fire Chief of Green Bay, Larry Craig - South Carolina, Dick Wildung - Minnesota, Ed Bell - Indiana, Don Wells - Georgia, Clyde Goodnight - Tulsa, Walt Schlinkman - Texas T

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