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1925 New York Giants (vs Yellow Jackets) Program - First Home Game in Franchise History
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $1,541
Rare, original program issued by the New York Giants for the club's first home game in franchise history, against the Philadelphia Yellow Jackets, held at the Polo Grounds on October 18, 1925. The eight-page program features team photos of both the Giants and Yellow Jackets, as well as individual photos of New York Giants team members "Century" Milstead, Tommy Myers, Arthur Carney, and head coach Robert Folwell. Although he is not pictured in the program, Jim Thorpe is listed as halfback for the Giants in the printed starting lineup. 1925 was Thorpe's only season with the Giants. The Giants were defeated by the Yellow Jackets 5-3 in their inaugural home opener, but went on to finish the season with an 8-4 record. The program (7.75 x 11 inches) displays a heavy degree of water staining throughout, which has resulted in varying degrees of red staining on each of the interior pages. The final page also displays a small area of paper loss along the top border. While technically in Fair condition overall, nearly all of the flaws are related to the water damage and the book is otherwise in fine condition, with no significant tears or creases. This is an extremely rare program, in any condition, and the first example we have ever offered. That fact, plus its enormous historical significance, help to mitigate its physical flaws. Reserve $200. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,541
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