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Description: Highly Important Joe F. Carr Trophy - "National Football League Most Valuable Player Award" - Awarded each year from 1938 to 1946, The Joe F. Carr Trophy is the only of its' type which has ever been issued by the NFL directly to honor it's Most Valuable Player. The offered example has remained within the Carr Family Collection and is a nearly identical version of which was presented to players with the exception of size. Although the complete background has been lost to history, it appears that this was a memorial piece done for Carr's wife in his honor. Standing 18" tall, the upper portion consists of a figural metal football which has been engraved, "National Football League, Most Valuable Player." Atop is player figural finial posed with ball in hand, ready to pass. The support bar below is flanked by a pair of kickers. The ornate wooden base is decorated with (2) eagle finials and a football field goal upright. An engraved metal placard on front reads, "Joe F. Carr Trophy, Awarded to Mrs. Joe F. Carr, In Appreciation And Commemoration." In fine overall condition with professional repair to one kicker figure. The significance and scarcity of the offered trophy cannot be overstated. Based on a scant population of Carr trophies issued, craftsmanship, and direct provenance to Carr as a formative figure within the NFL this particular specimen ranks as one of the more significant football trophies ever offered at public auction. Includes letter of provenance from the Carr Family: EX
Estimated Price Range: ($25,000-$50,000)
Current EST:  11/19/18 4:55:07 PM