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
Lot 50. Bruiser Kinard Vintage Autograph. A star tackle for the University of Mississippi, the Brooklyn Dodgers-Tigers of the NFL and the New York Yankees of the AAFC, Kinard is in the College and Pro Halls of Fame. He was enshrined at Canton in 1971. His autograph is mint 9 to gem mint 10 on lined paper measuring 3.75” x 5” with four other autographs. Kinard’s signature could be framed so that neither the lines of the paper nor the other autographs show. The other signers are Kinard’s Brooklyn teammates – (Walt) Fuzzy Fedora (died 1968), Herman Hodges (d. 2000), Dean McAdams (d. 1996) and (Jim) Happy Sivell (d. 1997). Kinard died in 1985. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $92
Lot 51. Autographs by 11 Pro Football HoFers and a Super Bowl MVP – Hirsch, Long, Smith, Etc. Mark Rypien is the only signer who is not in the Hall of Fame. He earned two Super Bowl rings with the Washington Redskins during his peripatetic career. He signed a 9” x 11.75” color magazine page and added “Super Bowl XXVI ‘M.V.P.’” Two autographs are on 8” x 10.75” color magazine pages – Howie Long and Bruce Smith (Buffalo Bills). Earl Campbell and Crazyleges Hirsch autographed 9” x 10.75” pages. Campbell’s signature is displayed on a color page, and Hirsch, one two b&w pages. A 5” x 7” color photo is signed by Bob Lilly. The other six autographs are on Hall of Fame b&w postcards: Herb Adderley (signed on front and back; the signature on the back is personalized and dated “1-9-96”), Morris “Red” Badgro, Chuck Bednarik, George Connor, Dante “Gluefingers” Lavelli and George Musso. The autographs are nm-m 8 and better, and predominantly mint 9 and gem mint 10. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $60
Lot 182. Rare Photo Signed by Art Buss – Traded for Heisman Trophy Winner Jay Berwanger. A Michigan native, Buss was a linemen for Michigan State from 1931-33. For two seasons, he played for Jim Crowley, one of the Notre Dame Four Horsemen. He then played for the Chicago Bears 1934-35. In the inaugural NFL draft in 1936, the Philadelphia Eagles made Jay Berwanger, winner of the Heisman Trophy, the first player ever taken in the draft. Convinced they would not be able to sign him, they traded his right to Chicago for Buss. The Eagles got the better deal; the Bears were unable to meet Berwanger’s salary demand, and he never played pro football. Buss died in 1998. His autograph is mint 9 on an 8” x 10” b&w photo personalized to John Smith. Buss added his position, “Left Tackle,” and his pro experience. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $10
Lot 184. “Red” Grange Signed 8”x 10” “B&W “Philadelphia Inquirer” Photo with George Halas. The Pro and College Hall of Fame halfback placed a large mint 9 autograph at the top of the photo. Grange, second from the right in the photo, played for the Chicago Bears in 1925 and 1929-34. Halas, third from the left, was the Bears’ owner and coach. The photo is ex-m. Grange died in 1991. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $50
Lot 185. Walter Payton Nicely Autographed 8”x10” B&W Action Photo. Payton boldly signed the photo “To the Boppers” and added “34.” Kevin Keating authenticated the signature, which is mint 9. Payton was only 45 when he passed away in 1999. Mike Ditka, one of Payton’s coaches, described him as the greatest football player he had seen – and even greater as a human being.
Winning Bid $83
Lot 187. Y. A. Tittle Autographed Classic 16” x 20” Football Image. Playing at Pittsburgh’s Forbes Field on Sept. 20, 1964, Tittle tossed a screen pass that the Steelers intercepted and returned for a touchdown. Just as he let go of the pass, Tittle was smashed to the ground by 270-pound defensive end John Baker. He sustained bruised ribs and a damaged sternum. The injury effectively ended the Hall of Fame career of the 38-year-old New York Giants quarterback. In the seconds after the brutal, legal hit, “Pittsburgh Post-Gazette” photographer Morris Berman captured the bloodied Tittle on his knees. Actually, the photo earned its place in football history only after Berman entered it in sports photo competition. The “Post-Gazette” chose not to publish it because it showed no action. That changed after Berman won the 1964 National Headliner award for best sports photograph. Tittle’s autograph is a 10, and he added “H.O.F. ‘71” below. Authenticated by Kevin Keating. With the right matting and frame, this poignant football photo will be a certain focus of attention on any wall.
Winning Bid $25
Lot 188. 1990 Goal Line Art Series Two with #60 Autographed by Charley Trippi. The series is numbered 3752 of 5,000 and comprises 61 cards, including the checklist. Among the stars are Crazylegs Hirsch, Bobby Layne, Tuffy Leemans, Bronko Nagurski and Joe Namath. The cards average nm. Trippi’s autograph is gem mint 20 and authenticated by Kevin Keating. Series Two is sold out and no longer available from Goal Line Art.
Winning Bid $30
Lot 189. Johnny Unitas Boldly Signed 8” x 10” Color Photo. The signature is large and mint 9 to gem mint 10. In their listings of top athletes or top football players at the end of the 20th century, ESPN and “The Sporting News” ranked only Joe Montana as a better quarterback. Unitas died in 2002. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $83
Lot 190. Topps Cards Signed by Jack Ham, Andre Reed and Drew Beldsoe. Ham entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1988, and Reed was elected this year. Ham signed 1981 Topps card #235. Reed’s autograph is on his 1986 Topps rookie card, #388. And Bledsoe autographed 1993 Topps #130. The signatures are nm-m 8 and better. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $20
Lot 191. 3 College HoF Autographs – Andre Ware, Gene Stallings and Steve Spurrier. Each placed a large, bold mint 9 to gem mint 10 signature on a color 8” x 10” photo. Spurrier is pictured as the Florida Gators coach during a game. Ware is shown with the Heisman Trophy he earned in 1989 while playing for Houston. Spurrier and Ware are in the College Hall of Fame as players, and Stallings, as a coach. In 1992, Stallings led Alabama to the first Bowl Coalition championship. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $15
Lot 192. Autograph Page with a Pennsylvania and Football Emphasis Including Rip Engle. Baseball and politics are also represented on this 4” x 6” page that holds 10 autographs – Engle (died 1983), Frank Sinkovitz (d. 1989), John Huzvar (d. 2007), Larry Alander (d. 1999), Rev. Herbert Cassel, Les Walters, “Johnny” Van Sant (d. 1972), Stan Lopata, Kermit M. Stover and Earl “Bud” Kohlhaas (2009). A member of the College Hall of Fame, Engle built a strong football program as Penn State’s head coach from 1950-65. His teams were the best in the East in 1961, 1962 and 1964. Lopata was a catcher for the Phillies from 1948-58. Alandar, from Harrisburg, played minor league baseball from 1958-61. Three signers played in the NFL: Sinkovitz (Duke-Steelers), Huzvar (Pitt-Eagles and Colts) and Walters (Penn State-Redskins). After playing for Penn State, Kohlhaas was drafted by the Redskins. Van Sant served in the Pennsylvania legislature. The signatures, all in ink, are nm-m 8 and better. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $25