Jim Thorpe Signed Photo, Inscribed "1951". Carlisle Indian School. PSA Auto 8
-Rare Signed & Inscribed Photo
-Decathlon, Baseball, Football, Basketball
Jim Thorpe (1887-1953), the world's greatest and most famous athlete of all time, excelled in all sports, but particularly football, baseball and track. He attended the Carlisle Indian Industrial School for boys, and in 1912 his team won the NCAA National Football Title, soundly defeating Harvard and Army along the way. President Eisenhower, an Army player that season, remarked decades later:
"Here and there, there are some people who are supremely endowed. My memory goes back to Jim Thorpe. He never practiced in his life, and he could do anything better than any other football player I ever saw".
After Carlisle, Thorpe went on to win two gold medals at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics in the pentathlon and decathlon events. He then played professional football for the Canton Bulldogs, and went on to win three world championships (1916-17, '19). During that same period (1913-1920), he also played professional baseball for the N.Y. Giants and Cincinnati Reds. In 1920, he was named president of the newly formed National Football League and played for the Cleveland Indians (1921). Finally, to round out his resume, Thorpe played 3 years of professional basketball for the LaRue Indians (1926-28).
Thorpe autographs are not easily located, especially nice examples such as this. His life was not particularly long in years, and autograph collecting certainly was not as popular as it was in the 1970s-1990s. This vintage photograph, signed and dated "1951" by Jim Thorpe, is a prime example of vintage American sports memorabilia. The photo measures approximately 8.5" x 4.5" and features a young Thorpe in his college jersey, proudly representing the Carlisle Indian Industrial School. The signature is nearly flawless, presented in bold black ink.
It comes custom framed and has been graded Near Mint - Mint 8 by PSA/DNA.