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    1929-30 Joe Carr American Basketball League Season Pass from The Joe Carr Find. The American Basketball League was the first attempt at creating a professional basketball organization. The man who spearheaded the effort to get roundball into the professional ranks - Joe Carr. Yes, the same Joe Carr who helped make the NFL the success it is today. This 1929-30 season pass allowed Carr to attend any of the games that season. Because of the stock market crash on October 29, this would be the final season of the American Basketball League. Scrapbook remnants appear on the reverse as this was lifted from the Joe Carr family scrapbook. Crease free.

    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.


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    November, 2016
    17th-19th Thursday-Saturday
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