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Old 11-05-2018, 01:06 PM
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Mike, Do you have any Thorpe items related to him playing pro football? I'm especially interested in his pre-NFL seasons with the Canton Bulldogs particularly 1915-17, 1919. Thanks.
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Old 11-05-2018, 08:17 PM
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John...I have not had the privilege to purchase any Canton items with Thorpe. I have Carlisle, Cleveland and Oorang Thorpe memorabilia. I started concentrating on his track and Olympic career as the bidding for those items are not quite as heavy most the time. Of course as you know...any Thorpe memorabilia is hard to come by. Carl has helped me to install Tapatalk and will start taking pictures of some items I have and share them. I did end up with the 1907 and 1908 postcards that have appeared on the ode to prewar thread.
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Old 11-06-2018, 01:51 PM
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Thanks Mike - those pre-NFL years (15-19) are tough to find much of anything - Thorpe was the biggest name, probably Rockne 2nd as he moonlighted in pro football, but I've never seen many items.

Looking forward to seeing your collection!
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Old 11-06-2018, 07:49 PM
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Here is my favorite piece and most likely earliest know Jim Thorpe item. I consider it the cornerstone of my collection. When he enrolled in Carlisle he received government issued items..this is his writing tablet. I’ve seen his wool blanket many years ago and missed it by less that 30 seconds. The owner had taken it down and said a biographer of Thorpe’s had bought it over the phone and was on his way from North Carolina to get it. I got it from a guy who’s grandfather ran a trading post turned into pawn shop and he was the heir to all the stuff left in warehouses. He had Jesse James, Cole Younger and Wyatt Earp estate items that those families had pawned. I have a copy of the pawn ticket(somewhere) and Roger Neufeldt (whom a lot of you probably know) from here in Oklahoma verified it’s authenticity as he has one and knows Thorpe family members. The 2nd photo is of Thorpe’s enrollment information off of Carlisle’s archive. Notice 878 that was assigned to him in 1904 then crossed through and then after he left and came back he was given a new number.



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Old 11-07-2018, 09:56 PM
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This item is a program for a dual track meet and baseball game on same day with Syracuse. Coach Warner wanted to be able to utilize his 2-sport athletes so came up with the idea. There is a lot mentioned about the dual meet with Syracuse in 1908 but so far I have not found any mention of him competing in 1907 against Syracuse. I’m thinking this might be his very first track meet he competed in. He is listed in 4 events but did not place in any of them which further makes me think this represents his very first competition. The student ticket would have been used to get into both events. If anybody ever sees an article about this 1907 track meet I’d sure love to see it!






















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Old 11-10-2018, 07:51 PM
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This is my favorite Thorpe autograph. It's one of only a couple signed cards that I kept when I sold my collection. I've never seen or heard of another one. It's in a PSA holder now.

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Old 11-12-2018, 07:21 PM
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This is my favorite Thorpe autograph. It's one of only a couple signed cards that I kept when I sold my collection. I've never seen or heard of another one. It's in a PSA holder now.





That is a beautiful card! Never seen one signed.


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Old 11-12-2018, 07:38 PM
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These are Reach and Spalding pictures from their rule and stat catalogues. Not worth much except to me as they all include Thorpe. First set is from 1914, 2nd set is 1915, 3rd pic is from 1916, 1918 for 4th pic, 1919 for 5th pic and then 1920 for the 6th pic. I have football ones also that I’ll post later.

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Old 11-13-2018, 06:26 PM
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You’ve all seen this postcard yet got to show mine! I was able to finally pick this one up from a collector here in Oklahoma. Pretty decent example of this particular postcard.




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Old 11-13-2018, 07:49 PM
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Great stuff!
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