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    1957 Pete Rozelle & Dan Reeves Signed Los Angeles Rams General Manager Contract. Prior to taking on the NFL Commissioner job in 1960, Pete Rozelle served as General Manager of the Los Angeles Rams from 1957 to 1960. Up for bids is his historic original contract from the 1957 season. This is the first known Rozelle contract to come up for public auction and may be the only surviving example. His salary at the time was $25,000 per year. Rozelle's success in turning the team from a money-losing operation into a profitable success largely led to him being offered the commissioner position in January of 1960. Under Rozelle, the NFL grew into an internationally successful league with heavy media coverage.

    Besides being a unique example of a Rozelle contract, this is also of particular note in that the last page of the document is signed with his full name, "Alvin 'Pete' Rozelle" which is a true rarity in this format. In addition to Rozelle, another Hall of Fame signature is included, as Daniel Reeves was owner of the Rams from 1941 to 1971. Reeves was the first owner to sign a post-WWII African-American player.

    Others signing the contract include oil executive and politician Edwin Pauley, a part owner, and James Seley, a Thoroughbred racehorse stable owner, another part owner of the Rams. All signatures are in 9-10/10 ink on onionskin legal paper. The first page and the backing paper show some wear with creases, tears and light stains, but the majority of the contract, including the key final (signed) page, is in Mint condition. Pre-certified by PSA/DNA. Auction LOA from James Spence Authentication.


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    November, 2014
    6th-8th Thursday-Saturday
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