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    1925 "Pop" Warner, Knute Rockne and Tad Jones 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 and Knute Rockne - Notre Dame." The third autograph belongs to "Tad Jones - Yale," who, while he may not have the name recognition of his two compatriots, was a dominant All-American quarterback with Yale from 1905 through 1907, leading the Bulldogs to 28 wins and two ties in 30 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 60 wins, with a mere 15 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. The signatures have an almost engraved appearance in the leather, which is most likely a result of the signer pressing firmly with the pen, and possibly due to aging. The ball itself is equally well preserved, writing off any small scattered nicks in the leather as casualties of the ball's game use. 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. Auction LOA from James Spence Authentication. Pre-certified by PSA/DNA.

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    April, 2011
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