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    1961 Heisman Memorial Trophy Award Presentation Program Signed by Ernie Davis. Update: A PSA Full LOA is included with this lot.

    Here we find Davis at the pinnacle of his all-too-brief era of greatness, just months before the fatal diagnosis of acute monocytic leukemia. For three seasons, "The Elmira Express" had represented the double-fours of the Syracuse Orangemen to distinction, ably following in the footsteps of the legendary Jim Brown before him. The award ceremony at New York City's Downtown Athletic Club, the event from which the provided lot derives, was held just ten days before Davis' final competitive gridiron appearance, a masterful 140 yard performance that saw the Orangemen edge Miami (FL) by a fifteen to fourteen tally.

    Having already been identified as the honoree, Davis alone was feted at this ceremony, his Syracuse University seal adorning the cover of the program, and opening to reveal a full-page photograph where a bold blue ink signature holds court. There is the slightest hint of a smear on where Davis began the first letter of his name. The opposite page contains a personalization. The binding and top part of the program exhibit a few light creases. Full LOA from SGC Authentic. Full LOA from PSA/DNA.

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    August, 2018
    18th-19th Saturday-Sunday
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