Two letters written by Elmer Layden (1903-1973), Notre Dame fullback and member of the school's legendary backfield, dubbed the "Four Horseman." Layden later coached at Notre Dame and was the first commissioner of the NFL in 1941.
1) Lengthy 6-page handwritten letter (on both sides of 3 separate sheets), dated September 3, 1924, on "Claypool Hotel" stationery (Indianapolis, Indiana). In his letter, written to his girlfriend, Evelyn Byrne, Layden discusses his recent bout with both food poisoning and appendicitis, and tells her how much he longs to see her. In part: "My Darling Ev . . . I was surely wishing dear that I could have spent several days with in Chicago. That would surely have been wonderful. It would have been a 'dream', because I have been over working my imagination to pass the days, until the time will be closer to that day, when I can again feast my eyes upon you, and be satisfied and 'inspired.'. . . I do love you an awful lot Ev, dear." The letter is signed "With all my love, Elmer." Both the text and signature are scripted in black fountain pen and grade "9." Apparently, the romance between the two did not last, as Layden married Edythe Davis just two years later. Each page of the letter (6 x 9.5 inches) displays 2 horizontal folds; otherwise all of the pages are in Excellent condition overall. Accompanied by its original mailing envelope (7.5 x 4 inches) that is postmarked "South Bend Ind Sep 3 1924" (Vg, with a few tears).
2) One-page typed letter, dated February 19, 1937, on "University of Notre Dame Athletic Association" letterhead, to a Mr. Joe Devine. In full: Dear Joe: Your letter is gratefully received. We have no word from the boys on their credits. Of course, you know that it will also be necessary for them to have a little money, and I don't want them not to have a perfect understanding of the situation. I hope this letter finds you in the best of health. Kindest personal regards and many thanks. Yours sincerely, Elmer Layden [signed]." Layden's signature has been scripted in black fountain pen and grades "8." A printed black-ink notation (in an unknown hand) along the base of the letter reads "Geo, Return This So As I Can Show Football Players." Laden was both football coach and athletic director at Notre Dame in 1937. The letter (8.5 x 11 inches) displays 2 horizontal mailing folds, light toning, and small edge tears. In Very Good condition. A PSA/DNA authentication label appears in the lower right corner, but no corresponding LOA accompanies it. Total: 2 letters. Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Pre certified by Steve Grad and Brian Sobrero/Beckett Authentication.
Reserve $200. Estimate (open).
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