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    1925 and 1926 Notre Dame Yearbooks, One Signed by Three of the Four Horseman. Sportswriter Grantland Rice penned these famous lines creating football immortality, "Outlined against a blue-gray October sky, the Four Horsemen rode again. In dramatic lore their names are Death, Destruction, Pestilence, and Famine. But those are aliases. Their real names are: Stuhldreher, Crowley, Miller and Layden." George Strickler, then Knute Rockne's student publicity aide, made sure the name stuck. He had pitched the idea out loud at the halftime of the Army game in the press box as a tie in to the 1921 Rudolph Valentino movie "The Four Horseman Of The Apocalypse." After the team arrived back in South Bend, he posed the four players, dressed in their uniforms, on the backs of four horses from a livery stable in town. The wire services picked up the now-famous photo, and the legendary status of the "Four Horsemen" was assured. Offered here is a pair of original Notre Dame yearbooks, from 1925 and 1926. The '26 annual exhibits VG quality, with a small portion from the bottom of the binding missing. Book has been signed on the inside cover by various students, but is absent of any star athletic figures' signatures, unlike the fantastic exemplars featured in the offered 1925 book. "The Dome" from the 1925 school year exhibits EX-MT quality, with minimal aging wear. Three of the "Four Horseman" signed the book on separate pages next to their student photos. Elmer Layden, Don Miller and Harry Stuhldreher each used Mint fountain pen ink on this rare artifact, which is one of the nicest signed Notre Dame yearbooks that we have handled. Book is signed by many additional students and members of different athletic squads, but it is the signatures from the legendary "Horsemen" that are sure cause serious vintage gridiron collectors to take notice. Auction LOA from James Spence Authentication. Pre-certified by PSA/DNA.

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