Early NFL football contract between Hall of Fame running back Ken Strong and the Staten Island Stapes. The one-page contract, dated August 8, 1931, is signed in black fountain pen by "Ken Strong" (grading "8") and "Daniel T. Blaine" ("8"), owner of the Stapes. The one-year agreement calls for Strong to receive a salary of $5,000 for the 1931 season. This is not only the earliest NFL contract we have ever offered, but the only Ken Strong NFL contract we have seen. Following an All-American season at NYU, Strong signed with the Staten Island Stapletons in 1929, which was also Staten Island's first season in the NFL. (The team later officially shortened its name to the Staten Island Stapes in 1931.) Strong starred as a running back and place kicker for the club for four seasons, before joining the the New York Giants in 1933, where he eventually finished his career. One of the game's earliest stars, Strong was later inducted into both the College Football Hall of Fame (1957) and Pro Football Hall of Fame (1967). The contract (8.25 x 11 inches), which is toned, displays one vertical and three horizontal folds, as well as a few tiny edge tears. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. Full LOA from PSA/DNA and auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Pre certified by Steve Grad and Brian Sobrero/Beckett Authentication. Pre certified by Steve Grad and Brian Sobrero/Beckett Authentication. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).
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