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Lot # 1430 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1880 Yale (vs. Princeton) Football Program with Walter Camp - Historic Game That Led to a Major Rule Change

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $2,666

Fold-over scorecard issued for a collegiate football game between Yale and Princeton on Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1880, at the Polo Grounds in New York. This was a historic game, not for the action on the field, but for the lack of it. The game, played on a snow-covered field, ended in a 0-0 tie. As per the rules of the day, Princeton showed no effort to advance the ball and was content in just running plays and keeping possession. Camp, who played in this game for Yale, and who was obviously frustrated by the strategy, later came up with the idea of a "downs" system, which would force a team to relinquish possession of the ball if positive yardage was not achieved. Camp's "downs" system was adopted in 1882. Camp, who is often referred to as the "Father of American Football," later enjoyed a long and successful coaching career, and was responsible for many other innovations during the game's early, formative years. He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951. The interior section lists the rosters for each club, while the reverse provides a score sheet to record the goals. Accompanied by a period newspaper clipping reporting on the game. This is both a remarkably early and historically significant football program. The program (3.5 x 7 inches), which has been neatly scored on the reverse, has a slight area of adhesive residue along the edge of the interior right page as a result of its having once been mounted in an album; otherwise in Near Mint condition. Reserve $200. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $2,666

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