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1892 Harvard Football Record Book
Starting Bid - $100, Sold For - $360
This small, leather-bound book, issued for Harvard's 1892 football season, features the "Foot-Ball Rules of the American Intercollegiate Association," numerous photos of Harvard, Yale, and Princeton football players, and preprinted score pages for each of team's eleven games, all of which have been dutifully recorded in pencil. Aside from the rules and score sheets, there is no other text in the book. Fourteen cut magazine photos of Harvard team members have been affixed to a number of blank pages. Seventy-four pages total. "Harvard Football Season, 1892" and "Miss Fairchild" are each stamped on the cover in gilt lettering. A handwritten notation in black ink, reading "For S. F. from R. H. D. Oct. '92" appears on the front flyleaf.
J. C. Fairchild was one of the players on the 1892 Harvard football team and it is believed that this book belonged to his mother. Accompanying the book is a handwritten letter, dated July 19, 1892, to "Mrs. Fairchild" from "J. L. Hopkinson," who was the owner/president/headmaster of the Hopkinson school in Boston. Also accompanying are two period newspaper articles from 1891 documenting J. C. Fairchild's gridiron exploits at Hopkinson. In his letter, Hopkinson praises the virtues of her son, Jack, and hopes that her younger son will follow in his brother's footsteps and attend the Hopkinson school as well. This is the first example of this type of book we have ever seen. While only speculation, it is very possible that these books were issued only to the families of team members, which would explain their rarity today. Regardless, it remains a very substantial and unique souvenir commemorating the 1892 Harvard football season. Harvard compiled a record of 10-1 in 1892, losing only to Yale. The book (4.5 x 6.5 Inches) displays moderate-to-heavy wear to the covers, including a few small tears and staining. The pages are clean and bright. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. Reserve $100. Estimate $300+. SOLD FOR $360
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