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Lot # 1263 (of 1525)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1911 Carlisle vs. Harvard Football Ticket Stub from Thorpe's Greatest Game

Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $1,160.00

On November 11, 1911 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Jim Thorpe single-handedly beat the heavily favored then-undefeated Harvard football team in what is universally recognized to be his greatest game ever. Offered is one of the few keepsakes in existence from that historic contest: an extraordinary ticket stub (2 x 3 inches) in Near Mint condition. As far as football ticket stubs are concerned, this one is recognized as the "Holy Grail" of all football stubs by serious ticket collectors. Powerful Harvard, undefeated and led by their renowned coach Percy Houghton, was so confident of victory against the Carlisle Indian School that Houghton played his second string for most of the game. Nothing could have prepared Harvard for the assault of the Carlisle Indian School's Jim Thorpe. Besides running and defending, Thorpe kicked four field goals, two over 40 yards. A touchdown and an extra point by Thorpe in the third quarter gave Carlisle a 12-9 lead, and gave Harvard cause for concern, but there was just no stopping him. Thorpe's final two field goals extended Carlisle's advantage to 18-9 before the Harvard regulars, who had entered the game in the fourth quarter, scored when they blocked a Thorpe punt and returned it for a touchdown. It was not enough. The final score of Carlisle 18 to Harvard 15 represents one of the most stunning upsets and greatest performances in college football history. Only a handful of tickets are known. This ticket is one of the few surviving souvenirs of Jim Thorpe's greatest game. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $1,160.00

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