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Description: Historically significant 1926 Pottsville Maroons anthracite charm presented to Joe Carr. The 1925 season ranks as the best enjoyed by the Pottsville Maroons during their brief stint as members of the National Football League; a point in time during which the Championship was decided by win/loss record, not a final playoff game. Heading into December, 1925, Pottsville was tied with Chicago for best record and met the Cardinals at Comiskey Park winning 21-7. Ahead in the standings, they earned rights to play an exhibition game against a team of college All-Stars and the affair was booked for Shibe Park in Philadelphia. Although the game had been organized by the Frankford Yellow Jackets, Frankford Management brought a grievance to the League stating that Pottsville was not entitled to play within their designated territory. Despite warnings from Joe Carr not to go ahead with the plans, the Maroons played (and won) the game. Carr suspended the Maroons thus not allowing their season to be finished. Chicago, winning an additional pair of games which had been scheduled after the loss to Pottsville, were named the 1925 NFL Champions. Under strain of competition from the fledgling AFL which was aggressively adding teams, Carr reinstated Pottsville for the 1926 season. Although the relationship was strained, and the entire series of events would become notorious, the Maroons extended an olive branch to Carr in the form of this figural football shaped charm. Done in anthracite, it has been engraved "Pottsville 1926" on one panel and "JFC" on the opposite. Though diminutive in size, it's importance can not be overstated with note to the storied team it represents in their best season. Includes letter of provenance from the Carr Family and a small metal compact/case in which the piece was long stored: EX/MT-NM
Estimated Price Range: ($5,000-$10,000)
Current EST:  12/19/18 4:52:27 AM
  Sold for Price: $3,250.00;