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Lot # 1661 (1661 of 1911)   « Previous Lot | Next Lot »

1913/1914 Clarkson University Celluloid Pocket Mirror with Hall of Fame Coach Ernest Blood

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $240

Rare celluloid pocket mirror featuring a team photo of the 1913/1914 Clarkson University basketball team, including Hall of Fame coach Ernest Blood. The photo captures nine team members and Blood (back row, far left) posing together in the gym. This is the only example of this mirror we have ever seen and it originates from a longtime collector of pins who found it many years ago in an antiques shop. When it was originally purchased from the antiques shop, it was housed in a period frame, with the mirror mounted atop a piece of paper identifying each of the team members. The frame was long ago discarded, but the paper identifier accompanies the mirror. Ernest Blood, known as the "the professor," is best remembered today for his remarkable high school coaching record at Passaic High School in New Jersey, where, from 1915 to 1924, he compiled a record of 200-1 that included a 159-game winning streak, which is believed to be the longest streak in basketball history. In over fifty years of coaching, Blood won 1,200 games combined at the college, high school, and YMCA ranks. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1960. The mirror side displays moderate-to-heavy wear to the silvering, as well as minor oxidation to the rim; it is otherwise in outstanding Excellent to Mint condition. Reserve $200. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $240

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