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Lot # 1275 (of 1641)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1911 Carlisle vs. Harvard Football Full Ticket from Jim Thorpe's Greatest Game

Starting Bid - $400, Sold For - $1,778

On November 11, 1911, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Jim Thorpe single-handedly beat the heavily favored and then-undefeated Harvard football team in what is universally recognized to be his greatest game ever. Offered is one of the few keepsakes in existence from that historic contest: an extraordinary full ticket (4.5 x 2.5 inches) in pristine Mint condition. As far as football ticket stubs are concerned, this one is recognized as the "Holy Grail" by serious ticket collectors. While stubs from this game are exceedingly rare, full tickets are virtually unheard of. This is the first full ticket from this game that we have ever seen, let alone handled, and it may be the only example extant. It was found by our consignor in a printing company sample album containing a collection of virtually perfectly preserved early sporting tickets (mostly Harvard football) from the era. All were lightly glued in the album and were easily removed by our consignor by soaking. This ticket was the highlight of the collection. Powerful Harvard, undefeated and led by their renowned coach Percy Houghton, was so confident of victory against the Carlisle Indian School that Houghton played his second string for most of the game. Unfortunately, nothing could have prepared Harvard for the assault of the Carlisle Indian School's Jim Thorpe. Besides running and defending, Thorpe kicked four field goals, two over 40 yards. A touchdown and an extra point by Thorpe in the third quarter gave Carlisle a 12-9 lead, and gave Harvard cause for concern, but there was just no stopping the Carlisle star. Thorpe's final two field goals extended Carlisle's advantage to 18-9 before the Harvard regulars, who had entered the game in the fourth quarter, scored when they blocked a Thorpe punt and returned it for a touchdown. It was not enough. The final score of Carlisle 18 and Harvard 15 represents one of the most stunning upsets in college football history. Only a handful of tickets stubs from this game are known, with the offered newly discovered example representing perhaps the only full ticket. As a point of reference, the only other ticket from this game we have ever offered appeared as Lot 1263 in April 2005, selling for $1,160 (and that example was only a stub). This full-ticket example is one of the best football tickets that could possibly exist, and one of the rarest and most desirable souvenirs from Jim Thorpe's legendary football career. Reserve $400. Estimate (open).
SOLD FOR $1,778

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