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    1930 New York Giants vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish Team Signed Game Football - Held to Raise Money for New York Unemployed. While the notion of a college team lining up from an NFL squad may sound ridiculous to modern football enthusiasts, that is exactly what took place on December 14, 1930, when an historic charity football exhibition game was held between Knute Rockne's Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the New York Giants. Held raise money for unemployed New Yorkers during the Great Depression, the game featured an all-star squad of current and former Fighting Irish players that included the legendary Four Horseman and five of the Seven Mules, the Horsemen's old offensive line.

    The Giants were led by Hall of Famer Benny Friedman, who helped his team finish the 1930 NFL season with a stellar 13-4 record. Despite the public's assumptions that Notre Dame would prove competitive against the Giants, the NFL powerhouse ended up man handling the Irish, and despite the final score of 22-0, it wasn't even that close.

    Presented here is a leather Spalding game football (March 1, 1927 patent stamping on panel) that is signed by both Notre Dame and the Giants. The following words are printed in an unknown hand on one of the panels: "Benefit N.Y. Unemployed By Tim J. Mara, Notre Dame Vs. New York Giants at the Polo Grounds."

    Key signatures from Notre Dame include three of the Four Horsemen: Jim Crowley, Don Miller and Harry Stuhldreher. Notables from the Giants include Benny Friedman, Glenn Campbell, Hap Moran, Tiny Feather, Red Badgro, Ossie Wiberg, Jack Hagerty and others. Signatures average 6/10 quality black fountain pen ink, while the ball presents superbly and is partially deflated. An extremely significant pigskin representing both teams, it is a truly one-of-a-kind artifact that will surely be a welcomed addition to any discerning hobbyists memorabilia space.
    Full LOA from PSA/DNA.


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    Auction Dates
    July, 2015
    30th-31st Thursday-Friday
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