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Lot 831

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Lot Number: 831

Description: The Complete Library of College Football includes over 7,000 different books, most of which deal exclusively with college football. This catalogue represents 99% of every known non-fiction book ever published on college football. Publication dates for books in the collection range from 1864-2015—a span of more than 150 years. A search of the Abebooks Guide to Collecting Books ( demonstrates that hundreds of the books in the collection are not for sale anywhere. This is truly a one-of-a-kind library, one that adds instant profile and authority to any private or institutional collection. Many of the books are autographed by coaches, players or authors. Signed editions include some of college football’s most iconic and enduring figures: Knute Rockne; Amos Alonzo Stagg; Walter Camp; Bear Bryant; Vince Lombardi; Ara Parseghian; Lou Holtz; Frank Leahy; Woody Hayes; Bob Devaney; "Crazy Legs" Hirsch; Dana Bible; Joe Paterno; Tom Osborn; 3 of 4 Horsemen; Paul Brown ('42 National Champ); Earl Campbell and many others. All of the books are in very good to excellent condition; most retain their original dust jackets. Those with dust jackets have been preserved in Mylar cover protectors. The books have been continuously upgraded so that only the best available volume is included in the collection. The oldest book acquired was published in 1864 and contains the first known American publication of Rugby rules (the earliest intercollegiate games were rugby-like games). The first hardback book devoted to football was published in 1891. The publications prior to this were primarily paperback rule books. The collection includes the first five editions of the first book, American Football, as well as several earlier rule books. The book collection does include a few hundred books on high school football, however professional football is beyond the purview of this collection.

Estimated Price Range: $50,000+

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