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    1905 Pennsylvania Vs. Harvard Presentational Game Football, With Misc. Ephemera from Player. Self-billed as "college football's most historic program," the University of Pennsylvania Quakers hold the NCAA record for most games played (1,300+) and are tops in Ivy League history with 12 outright conference titles.

    Postdating the playing days of Heisman Trophy namesake, John Heisman, by only 15 years, here we present a presentational game ball from the Quakers impressive 1905 victory over longtime rival Harvard. Originally obtained from the collection of star Penn player William Rooke, the 100-plus year old pigskin features decorative school color cut outs and photographs throughout. The bladder has since hardened, but its football shape remains, and the game's score "Harvard 6, Penn 12" is prominently presented on one of the panels.

    Also included is an extremely rare 3.25x5.25" photograph postcard displaying an image of the undefeated '05 Quakers squad, in addition to a handwritten letter that was sent the day after the November 12, 1905 "big game," which was sent to Rooke from his sister. Also included is a 4.75x5.75" "Philadelphia Record" card, which features Rooke's 1920 obituary, where it refers to him as "Former University of Pennsylvania Football Star."

    Ball exhibits typical cracking and toning throughout the images, but the eye appeal of this historic piece is truly unmatched. One of the most significant college football pieces we have ever handled, this piece exemplifies the rare combination of displayability, provenance and significance.


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    October, 2012
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