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    1927 Ernest Barnard Historically Significant Signed Letter to Joe Carr from the Joe Carr Find, PSA/DNA LOA.
    Dated November 14th, 1927, twelve days after he was named to succeed the ousted Ban Johnson as second president of the American League, this letter - written to football founding father Joe Carr - is signed by Ernest S. Barnard.

    Contents of the letter are as follows:
    "Dear Joe:
    Your letter congratulating me on my new responsibilities which have been thrust upon me, and the expression of good will contained therein, was deeply appreciated.
    It has been particularly gratifying to hear from so many baseball people, indicating their pleasure and satisfaction over my selection to head the American league and I sincerely hope that I may be able to discharge the duties of the office in a way that will justify these expressions of confidence and good will.
    Sincerely yours, "

    The 7.5x10" letter is written on Cleveland Indians letterhead, where Barnard served as general manager until he was picked to head the junior circuit, that has been crossed out and changed to read as the address of the AL offices in Chicago. Slight tear in the lower left of the page and sun damage are evident, but do not distract. Black fountain pen signature displays nicely.

    The Joe Carr Find

    Though his name may be unfamiliar to all but the true football historians, arguably no figure was more essential in raising the National Football League from its vulnerable infancy to commercial viability than the man whose personal collection is listed on the following pages. At a time when the college game was the only game that mattered, Joe Carr fought and won a seemingly unwinnable war to legitimize the pay-for-play gridiron. Though Jim Thorpe owns the distinction of the first president of the National Football League, the iconic Hall of Famer was little more than a figurehead. It was Carr whose generalship moved the needle from amateur to professional dominance.

    Remarkably, this special archive narrowly averted oblivion less than a year ago when our consignor spotted a large quantity of documents being loaded into a dumpster. We can see, in the lots that follow, what a great loss that would have been to the physical history of the early professional game. This offering represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the cultured football collector.

    Full LOA from PSA/DNA.


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