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    1930's NFL Team Owners Meeting Large Photograph from The Joe Carr Find. Dating from the mid-1930's, this beautiful, original black and white photograph measures 13.5x10.5" and pictures twenty-nine NFL owners and league officials, including National Football League president Joe Carr, Washington Redskins owner George Preston Marshall, Green Bay Packers founder and owner Curly Lambeau, New York Giants founder and owner Tim Mara, and Chicago Bears founder and owner George "Papa Bear" Halas. To have so many of the early NFL owners, founders and officials together in the same photo is quite special. These men built the foundation and developed the traditions of the league we hold so dear today. Condition NRMT.

    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
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