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(2) Early Ivy League Football Souvenirs with 1903 Princeton Champions Team Photo & 1919 Harvard vs. Yale Program

Lot Number 544

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From the hallowed halls of higher education comes this stimulating lot of (2) early Ivy League football souvenirs. Featured are: 1903 Princeton Tigers team photo, this splendid 9-3/8 x 7-3/8” cabinet photo presents in like-new condition and is adhered to a black backer measuring 12x10, penned at bottom center is “1903, Princeton 11 Yale 6” indicating the score of the final game of the Tigers National Championship season; 11/22/19 Harvard vs. Yale program presents (EX) with deference to a 3/4” edge tear and partial spine split. More on our website.

The 1903 Princeton Tigers finished with an 11–0 record outscoring opponents by a composite season total score of 259-6 and were retroactively named national champions. Incredibly the Tigers first ten games were shutouts and Yale’s six points in the final game of the season were the only points this dominate Princeton squad allowed. The neatly penned notations appearing at bottom center of the photo display a very minor bit of ink migration on the segment underlining the date “1903”. The backer board has a cracked section on the right edge and a bit of corner loss at lower left. Otherwise this rare and absolutely stunning photo remains in a remarkable state of preservation.

Nearly as impressive as the 1903 Tigers, the 1919 Harvard Crimson football team outscored opponents by a season composite of 229-19, finishing with a 9–0–1 record. They were retroactively named co-national champions. The offered program features crisp, off-white covers with bold colors and solid interior pages. The small edge tear radiates diagonally into the border only, 3” up from the bottom and does contact any of the graphics or print on either side of the front cover. The spine split runs 2-3/4” from the bottom to the lower staple and does not detract from the visual appeal of this otherwise very sharp program which ranks well above examples typical of the period.

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