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Old 08-22-2017, 11:41 AM
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Default It's Football Season! Show your vintage football memorabilia

In honor of football season, how about sharing your vintage football items (let's stick with memorabilia rather than cards since we're on the memorabilia side over here).

I'll start it off with an photo I picked up a few weeks ago.

I recently came across what appeared to be a pretty neat image of a football team albeit in rough condition. As you can see, the picture was fairly large and was in a frame and had considerable dirt/mold within it.

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As I began to clean it up, it became apparent that this was the Homestead Library Athletic Club team of 1900. This was one of the earliest professional teams in existence and in spite of the odd sounding name, they were the best football team in the world and were considered the national champions in 1900 and 1901, going undefeated and unscored on in 1900. This team played at Pittsburgh’s Exposition Park and was loaded with All-Americans. The team was paid by the Pittsburgh Pirates’ minority owner William Chase Temple. Players were paid between $50 - $100 per game plus expenses.

As I further cleaned it, I was thrilled to notice that the players were identified along with their prior college affiliation or hometown. The players included Art Poe, wearing a very early harness helmet (one of the six Poe brothers to play football and brother of the Poe that is in the Mayo Cut Plug set) and also Dave Fultz, kneeling far right, who played major league baseball (see 1902 Sporting Life Cabinet set and 1903 E107 Breisch Williams set).

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Player’s identification are: Top Row – Pete Overfield (Univ. of Penn.), Arthur “Artie” Miller (Carlisle Indian School), Farr (Homestead, PA), Church (Princeton), Bemus Pierce (Carlisle), Hibbard (Univ. of Cin.), Brooke (Penn.), McNulty (Notre Dame), Winstein (Woods Run, PA), Lawich? (Braddock, PA), Bottom Row – John Hall (Yale), Arthur “Art” Poe (Princeton), John Ashley “Daff” Gammons (Brown), Lewis (Bucknell), Willis “Little” Richardson (Brown), George Young (Cornell), Otto Wagenhurst (Univ. of Penn.), David Lewis Fultz (Brown).

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The team folded after the 1901 season. Reportedly the 1900 and 1901 seasons were two of the rainiest seasons on record which prevented much of the fan base from attending (notice how muddy the lower half of the player’s uniforms are in the photo which was taken on the field of play). However, many of the players joined the Pittsburgh Star’s team in 1902 (Christy Mathewson played on this team) which was part of the first professional football league, the NFL.

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Old 08-22-2017, 03:34 PM
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Great photo and excellent history behind it! Love the jerseys and the nose guard .
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Old 08-22-2017, 04:40 PM
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Nice work and nice photo Rob!

Yes, there was an NFL team in Cincinnati also called the Cincinnati Reds. They only lasted about a year and a half before folding and heading to St. Louis and changing their name to the Gunners. Here are some mementos from their brief existence. If anyone else has anything relating to this team, please let me know... Thanks.
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Old 08-22-2017, 05:15 PM
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A football thread...I love it! Started by someone named "ramram" no less. So I have to ask...Are you a Rams fan (like me)?

I'll try to get some pics posted tonight.
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Old 08-22-2017, 05:19 PM
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Found today Sitting on curb with other trash 10" weighs 7 lbs
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Old 08-22-2017, 05:23 PM
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A football thread...I love it! Started by someone named "ramram" no less. So I have to ask...Are you a Rams fan (like me)?

I'll try to get some pics posted tonight.
No, but I'm a "Rob" like you, lol. Chiefs fan here!

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Old 08-22-2017, 06:43 PM
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Here are some of my football prints.
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Old 08-22-2017, 06:44 PM
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A few more.
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1913 Milwaukee Normal School (now UW-Milwaukee)


1931 Packers/Dodgers ticket


1933 Packers/Giants program (only Packers home game ever played at Milwaukee's Borchert Field)
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Old 08-23-2017, 03:18 AM
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WOW... amazing stuff, everyone. Bill... What an incredible collection of Football Prints.... just insane!

Here is a pretty cool early figural piece.... the original circa 1880 prototype statue used to create the Walter Camp Award. Perhaps not as iconic as the Heisman, but they say beauty is in the eye of the beholder!
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