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    "Pop" Warner, Knute Rockne, Tad Jones, & Jim Thorpe Signed Football Humidor. We only wish we knew what event it was that brought these greatest of early gridiron legends together. Certainly it was a highly publicized and well-attended banquet that would have featured such esteemed guests as these, but our search for specifics has been fruitless. And while it seems that the details of this date have been lost to the sands of time, one witness has thankfully survived -- a charmingly crafted humidor, built from an actual Spalding Official Collegiate football, bearing the black ink signatures of these legendary football pioneers. While the appearance of even one of these gentlemen's signatures on such a fine piece would be cause for celebration, a collection like this is enough to leave a serious hobbyist speechless. And note just how special the signatures are, with each adding his college name at the end of his autograph. "Glenn Warner - Stanford. Knute Rockne - Notre Dame. Jim Thorpe - Carlisle." The fourth autograph belongs to "Tad Jones - Yale," who, while he may not have the name recognition of his three compatriots, was a dominant All-American quarterback with Yale from 1905 through 1907, leading the Bulldogs to twenty-eight wins and two ties in thirty games. Surely it was due to this dominance that he was ask to share this football's side panel with these titans of the sport. He later coached at Yale for nine seasons -- compiling a record of sixty wins, with a mere fifteen loses and four ties. We are pleased to announce that the autographs, signed with a black steel tip fountain pen, have weathered the passing decades exceedingly well. We would not hesitate to claim that not a single one grades below a conservative 8.5/10, and many would state that each and every one is simply perfect. The ball itself is equally well preserved, writting off any small scattered nicks in the leather as casualties of the ball's game use. No wear affects any signature in the slightest. As football continues to assert itself as the most popular viewer sport in this country, we anticipate that the demand for quality vintage memorabilia from the gridiron will continue to grow. The supply is infinitely smaller than that of our national pastime, leaving this spectacular piece quite near the pinnacle when it comes to rarity and desirability. A solid investment for the future. LOA from PSA/DNA.

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    May, 2006
    6th Saturday
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