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    1922 Canton Bulldogs Original Photographs Lot of 33. Founded in November of 1904 as an esteemed member of the Ohio Football League, and as a member of the National Football League starting in 1920, the Canton Bulldogs are one of the earliest professional football teams in history, and one of most celebrated among advanced gridiron collectors.

    Widely considered as the equivalent to the New York Yankees in the early 20th century, the Bulldogs won the Ohio League Championship in 1917-19 and the NFL Championship in 1922-23, going undefeated for twenty-five straight game between 1921-23.

    On offer here is a monumental assemblage of Canton Bulldogs original photographs dating from the 1922 season when they went undefeated and captured the NFL title. It was, perhaps, the franchise's finest campaign. In all of the images, the players appear on a football field in full Canton Bulldogs battle regalia with the iconic "C" on their chest. These photographs came out of an early 1920's scrapbook where they had been safely preserved for almost a century, which accounts for their remarkable condition. Canton Bulldogs items are extremely scarce and rarely surface at public auction, mostly remaining entrenched in the collections of advanced collectors.

    At the heart of this lot are a set of eighteen incredible images (approximately 3.25x5.25"), each depicting a different member of the 1922 squad, including Hall of Famers Guy "Champ" Chamberlin, Pete "Fats" Henry and William "Link" Lyman, along with Duke Osborn (team captain), Ralph Hay (team owner), John "Tarzan"" Taylor, Wolcott "Wooky" Roberts, Raymond "Candy" Miller, Norman "Dutch" Speck, Elmer "Bird" Carroll, Arda "Ard" Bowser, William "Cap" Murrah, Harry Robb, Norb Sacksteder, Jim Kendrick, Ed Shaw, plus two others which can only be identified as Budd and Smallwood. The photography on display here is fantastic; the images are extremely sharp and their condition is superb as they were affixed to the album with photo corners and not glue. (Note: the back of the Lyman image has a great account of a confrontation between Link and Scotty Bierce of the Akron Pros. "In Canton-Akron game, [Lyman] knocked Bierce flat. Bierce hit him first so he ran up knocked him out for the count. Almost had to carry Bierce off field!").

    There are also five images (2.75x3.25") depicting Chamberlin and Smallwood standing, Osborn in a hands-on-knees pose, Taylor receiving, Sacksteder passing, and Shaw punting. These are affixed to a scrapbook page. Furthermore, there are ten additional player images in a variety of action poses, however these have been trimmed and are affixed to a scrapbook page. It should be noted that those images affixed to album pages could be removed professionally if the winning bidder so desired.

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    Auction Dates
    November, 2017
    16th-18th Thursday-Saturday
    Internet/Mail Bids: 25
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