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    1930's Joe Carr Original Studio Photograph from The Joe Carr Find. Despite being considered one of the most influential figures in sports history, former NFL president Joe Carr is represented in very few advanced gridiron collections.

    Remarkably, this exceedingly important rarity was narrowly spared burial in a public landfill when a self-described "junk picker" spotted an old scrapbook being unceremoniously tossed into a dumpster in Columbus, Ohio. The man loaded the book onto the back of his bicycle and rode home with an extraordinary Carr family archive that will be offered both within this auction and in more to come.

    One of few original photographs ever offered from the famed Ohio native, the crystal clear 6x10" showpiece is matted at 10x13.5". Minimal wear exhibited throughout.

    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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    November, 2016
    17th-19th Thursday-Saturday
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