1950 Cleveland Contract Signed by HoF Members Bert Bell and Paul Brown.
Lot 49. 1950 Cleveland Contract Signed by HoF Members Bert Bell and Paul Brown. Browns lineman Lindell L. Houston also signed. Brown (died 1991) is in the Hall of Fame for his success as the Browns’ coach, and Bell (d. 1959) contributed significantly to the growth of the league as its first commissioner. Houston died in 1995. All of the signatures are 10s and have been authenticated by Kevin Keating. The contract calls for Houston to receive $6,000 for the season. The back of the contract is initialed by Houston and Brown in acknowledgement of a $300 bonus paid to Houston for the 1949 season. Winning Bid $187.