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Lot # 1428 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1873 Yale (vs. Rutgers) Football Program - Second-Oldest Known Football Program

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $7,703

Presented is what we believe to be the second-oldest football program ever offered at auction, and one that may be the second-oldest extant, as we have only seen one other example that predates it. The earliest football program we have ever seen was issued for a game between Columbia and Yale on November 16, 1872. That program appeared at public auction in 2009, and realized a final sales price of $3,900. The offered fold-over program was issued for a game between Rutgers and Yale on October 25, 1873, at Hamilton Park. The interior section lists the rosters for each club, while the reverse provides a score sheet to record the goals. Rutgers, of course, is credited as having played in the first intercollegiate football game, against Princeton, in 1869. This program dates just four years after that historic contest and is certainly one of the earliest football items of any kind known to exist. The program (4.25 x 5.75 inches) displays uneven toning and a stain along the bottom half. The scoring sheet, neatly filled out in pencil, records three goals for Yale and one for Rutgers, with the time of each goal also duly noted. In Very Good condition overall. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $7,703

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