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    1923-24 Joe Carr Signed Elks Club Pass from The Joe Carr Find. Joe Carr has become an almost forgotten figure in NFL history. While Jim Thorpe was the league's first President, it was Carr who took the position and helped professional football gain traction into the success it is today. Carr transformed the sport from a town game into a big city, and business, phenomenon. Before Carr took the National Football League to unprecedented heights, he was a newspaper man. That is where Carr learned the skill of promotion.

    We are proud to present Carr's Elks club card (approximately 4x2.75") which he used for admission. Carr signed the name slot in 7/10 black fountain ink. The offering was removed from the Carr family scrapbook, which was assembled by his sister, and has paper remnants on the reverse. The upper right corner is chipped. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Auction LOA from James Spence Authentication.

    The Joe Carr Find

    Though his name may be unfamiliar to all but the true football historians, arguably no figure was more essential in raising the National Football League from its vulnerable infancy to commercial viability than the man whose personal collection is listed on the following pages. At a time when the college game was the only game that mattered, Joe Carr fought and won a seemingly unwinnable war to legitimize the pay-for-play gridiron. Though Jim Thorpe owns the distinction of the first president of the National Football League, the iconic Hall of Famer was little more than a figurehead. It was Carr whose generalship moved the needle from amateur to professional dominance.

    Remarkably, this special archive narrowly averted oblivion less than a year ago when our consignor spotted a large quantity of documents being loaded into a dumpster. We can see, in the lots that follow, what a great loss that would have been to the physical history of the early professional game. This offering represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the cultured football collector.


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