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    Two examples of the most coveted autograph in the sport

    1941 Nile Kinnick Signed Letter & Banquet Card. They say that only the good die young, and this gifted halfback out of the University of Iowa could be used as supporting evidence for the adage. More than just the finest college football player of 1939, a distinction for which he earned that season's Heisman Trophy, Kinnick was a true sportsman in every sense of the word. In a letter home to his brother in the summer of 1938, he advised young George Kinnick, "To be a tough, rugged boy is every lad's ambition. But to be a gentleman, to be kindly, charitable, thoughtful as well as tough and rugged is much more to be desired. and he who can be both is much the better man and usually much tougher in the long run."

    Evidence of Nile Kinnick's dedication to the service of others appears in the material that comprises this special lot dating to November of 1941, just over a year and a half before Kinnick's F4F Wildcat disappeared beneath the waves off the coast of Venezuela with his body trapped inside. The lot begins with a typed letter on "The State University of Iowa" letterhead confirming his appearance at a banquet six days later. His black fountain pen ink signature rates 9/10, and the page exhibits minimal toning and original mailing folds but no problems to note. It remains partially affixed to a scrapbook page.

    The lot concludes with a pair of banquet cards (each 2.5x5.5") from the "Junior Chamber of Commerce" event, listing Kinnick as the speaker. One of the two cards is inscribed in 9/10 pencil, "Good luck, Nile Kinnick." A portion of a scrapbook page remains affixed to verso of the signed card as well, but the front is unaffected.

    Kinnick's tragic early passing has made him, by far, the most significant complication in compiling a complete catalog of Heisman autographs, with examples appearing on the auction block at a rate of perhaps one every twenty-four months. This discovery of two "fresh to the hobby" examples is true cause for celebration. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication. Full Grading LOA's from PSA/DNA for each autograph (letter is Mint 9, banquet card is NM-MT 8.)


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