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Jim Thorpe Signed Photo, Inscribed "1951". Carlisle Indian School. PSA Auto 8

$ 4,995.00

Jim Thorpe Signed Photo
Vintage "1951"
Carlisle Indian School
PSA Auto 8
 
 
This vintage photograph, signed and dated "1951" by Jim Thorpe is a prime example of vintage football memorabilia. The photo measures approximately 8.5" x 4.5" 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 has graded Near Mint - Mint by PSA/DNA.
 
Jim Thorpe (1887-1953) was the greatest and most famous athlete of his time, excelling 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. 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), later named the Oorang Indians of Marion, Ohio (1922-1924).
 
Thorpe autographs are not easily located, especially nice examples such as this one. His life was not particularly long in years and autograph collecting certainly was not as popular as it was in the 1970s-1990s.
 
Comes with a graded Letter of Authenticity from PSA

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