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1902 Ohio St. vs. Michigan Football Program
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $1,800
Exceedingly rare fold-over program issued for the annual football game between Ohio State and Michigan, held on October 25, 1902, at Regent's Field in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Ohio State and Michigan first met on the gridiron in 1897 and this is the earliest souvenir we have ever seen relating to that historic rivalry, which was ranked by ESPN to be the number one sports rivalry in North America. It must be understood that the offered program is not the official program to the game (if one exists, we have never seen it). This is actually a program of Ohio State fight songs, which were to be sung by the Ohio State faithful at the game. As noted in print on the cover, the program was a complimentary offering by "Long & Kiler/Booksellers and Stationers/O. S. U. Supplies." Ten different songs or "yells" are listed, with nearly all accompanied by a comic illustration. Even though the Ohio State/Michigan football rivalry began in 1897, it had yet to become the annual affair it is today. The 1902 game marked only the fourth game between the two schools. If the Ohio State fans who traveled to the game did indeed recite the songs featured in this program, they had little effect on their team's performance, as Ohio State suffered its worst loss in the history of the series, losing 86-0. Programs dating from the start of the Ohio State/Michigan football rivalry are practically nonexistent. The earliest we have ever seen dates to 1909. While technically not a program, the offered piece predates that piece by seven years and is undoubtedly one of if not the oldest souvenir relating to college football's greatest rivalry. The program (5 x 6.25 inches) displays a handwritten ink notation on the front cover that reads "Lucy/Tom/*We didn't know each other then." A notebook hole punched in the upper left corner has a vintage orange string attached which appears to be original to the piece, but without having seen another example we are hesitant to say so with certainty. Without regard to the notation on the front cover, the program remains in extraordinary Excellent to Mint condition. Reserve $200. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,800
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