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    The only known example of the very first Packers program!

    1921 Green Bay Packers "The Dope Sheet" Inaugural Issue. Call it the Book of Genesis for the storied Green Bay Packers franchise, the document that started it all, and one that stands at the pinnacle of the team's archives in both rarity and importance. For many of even the most dedicated and knowledgeable Packers collectors, the offering will serve as a first notice that this important relic even exists, and we're quite confident that the issue listed here represents the full population of survivors. The better part of a century that has elapsed since the brief early 1920's run of Dope Sheets was printed in Green Bay, and the delicate newspaper stock that served as the medium, have ensured that all but a tiny handful have been lost to the ravages of time. And, again, we stress that this is the sole inaugural issue known.

    Curly Lambeau, team founder and six-time NFL Champion, plays the appropriate role of cover boy for this debut printing, next to an article trumpeting, "The American Professional Football League is to football but either the American League or the National League is to baseball." The APFL would change its name to the familiar National Football League in 1922. Page two begins with an article entitled, "A Word About the Dope Sheet," authored by "J. Emmett Clair, Mgr. Acme Packers Football Club." He explains that, "Arrangements for the publication of this weekly sport periodical were completed on Wednesday of this week. The edition had to reach the printers on Friday in order to be in your hands today. For this very good reason this number is not illustrated as future numbers will be, nor is there as much close-up 'dope' on football in general and in Green Bay in particular as we expected to publish."

    A score sheet appears at center of the eight-page publication, with the "40-0" victory over the visiting Chicago Cornell-Hamburgs in what is recognized (and stated on page one) as the "Third Game" of the professional Packers notated in pencil by the Sheet's original owner. Attendance records for this contest have been lost to history, but those 1921 Packers games for which ticket sales were recorded range from just 2,000 to 7,000, another factor in the intense rarity of Dope Sheets in the modern hobby.

    Condition is quite remarkable for this delicate treasure, with just a small degree of edge wear and chipping to report, but none of the severe staining, creasing or tearing common to the scant few Dope Sheets known to exist. Certainly those collectors understanding the importance and scarcity of this offering will find no cause for complaint.

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