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1925 All-America Football Dinner Program Signed by Ten Honorees Including Red Grange
Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $2,643.75
Program from the 1925 college football All-America awards banquet, held at the Hotel Vanderbilt in New York City, signed on the interior by ten of the eleven honorees, including Red Grange. The eleven All-America players honored at this banquet were selected by the New York Sun , and represented the consensus choice of ten writers in determining the best player at each respective position. The dinner program has been signed on the first page, in either blue or black fountain pen, by ten of the eleven players selected: Red Grange (fullback, Illinois), Bennie Oosterbaan (right end, Michigan), Jim Oberlander (halfback, Dartmouth), Eddie Tryon (halfback, Colgate), Ben Friedman (quarterback, Michigan), Herbert Sturhahn (right guard, Yale), Ed McMillan (center, Princeton), Carl Diehl (left guard, Dartmouth), Ed Weir (left tackle, Nebraska), and George Tully (left end, Dartmouth). The only All-America player honored whose signature does not appear is John Joss (right tackle, Yale). Also appearing on the first page are the signatures of H. Muller, a writer for the New York Sun , and Joe Nila. All of the signatures have been boldly penned and grade “9/10.” The eight-page program includes an analysis of the year’s choices, small photos of all eleven selections, and a listing of past All-America selections dating back to 1893. One of the most interesting facts mentioned in the analysis of the selection process is the fact that the only unanimous choice for the team was Jim Oberlander, not Red Grange. Grange is often regarded as the greatest college football player in history and 1925 marked his third straight selection to the All-America team. Another all-time college great included on this team is sophomore Bennie Oosterbaan. Oosterbaan is one of the ten best players in Michigan football history and was selected to the All-America team again in both 1926 and 1927. In 1951 both Oosterbaan and Red Grange were selected to the All-Time All-America Team. This is an extraordinary program from the most important football award event of 1925, signed by ten of the eleven football players honored, including many of the greatest legends in the history of the game. The program (6.25 x 9.5 inches) is in Excellent to Mint condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $2,643.75
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