1963 Notre Dame "Four Horsemen" Signed Large-Format Photo - One of the Quartet's Final Public Appearances!

Sold For: $600

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1925

Item Year: 1963

Category: Football/Basketball/Hockey/Boxing/Other Sports

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Large-format black-and-white photograph (13.75 x 11 inches), capturing one of the last public appearances of Notre Dame's legendary "Four Horsemen" in 1963, signed by each member: Harry Stuhldreher, Don Miller, Jim Crowley, and Elmer Layden. This photo originates from a large archive of photos that came from Shanty Malone's bar in San Francisco, which was a famous watering hole for West Coast sports fans from the 1920s until its close in 1968. As such, each player has added a brief salutation, "To Shanty," in addition to his respective signature. All of the inscriptions and signatures have been scripted in blue ink and grade "7/8" overall, with the exception of Miller's ("4/5," faded); however, it should be noted that the Layden and Miller signatures contrast poorly against the dark background. The "Four Horsemen" were reunited in San Francisco on October 26, 1963, when all four traveled to the West Coast as guests of the Stanford Alumni Association to attend the football game between Notre Dame and Stanford. While we don't know for certain whether or not the "Four Horsemen" made any other public appearances together following this event, it was likely their last, as Stuhldreher died just over a year later, on January 26, 1965. The photo displays a few small areas of surface paper loss (none affecting either the players' images or their signatures), as well as numerous minor creases. In Very Good condition overall. Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).

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