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    1916 Famous & Barr Jim Thorpe #176 PSA EX-MT 6. From the St. Louis find of 2019! Jim Thorpe's exploits on the gridiron have become the stuff of folklore, making it impossible to calculate the ratio of fact to exaggeration. But there is no question that he was the one of the most talented football stars of his age. The stories of his halftime drop kick field goals from the fifty yard line to entertain the fans may not be gospel, but his three World Championships with the Canton Bulldogs certainly are, and when the National Football League was founded in 1920, it was Thorpe who was chosen League president by the charter members. Parallels could accurately be drawn between Thorpe and his iconic baseball contemporary Babe Ruth, each a "diamond in the rough," emerging from the reservation and the orphanage respectively, to establish themselves as the greatest talents (and gate attractions) of their day. Each also met his end too soon, as a result of unhealthy living.

    Graded PSA EX-MT 6. Offered is the second finest example depicting the athletic legend with the New York Giants from the 1915 Famous & Barr series. Thorpe was a three-year veteran but played for Milwaukee in 1916 and would return to MLB the following season. The full-figure portrait is crisp and problem-free. Centering is high and to the right, corners show minimal amounts of wear at the very outer tips. The back is clean and shows off nicely the Famous & Barr ad running from bottom to top. This is one of only six cards noted on the PSA census. Jim Thorpe is regarded as one of the top athletes of the 20th Century. This is a must have card that appears in only the most advanced vintage collections.

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    December, 2019
    5th-7th Thursday-Saturday
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