Among the finest of the exceedingly rare Joe Carr signatures in our hobby, this exact specimen last hit the auction block back in 2014, when it sold for $20,000. No doubt that princely sum was due in part to the phenomenal early NFL letterhead and the historic Grange/Nagurski content. Carr is responding to a query by the Haskin Information Bureau—a noted research/journalism organization that reportedly answered over 25 million reader questions during its 33-year existence from 1916 to 1949. Haskin's inquiring minds want to know why Red Grange's recently released all-time All Star squad does not include his teammate Bronko Nagurski. Carr explains that the Gallopin' Ghost's list is composed solely of opponents through the years. Hence Nagurski (like incidentally, Grange himself) would not have qualified.
"Red Grange only selected two All Star teams of players whom he had opposed during his college and professional career," Carr states. "Later he selected a team, picked from these two groups, in neither one of which Nagurski’s name appeared, inasmuch as he had never opposed Grange on the grid-iron either in college or professionally. Since entering the Professional game they have both been associated with the Chicago Bears. However, Grange advises me he considers Nagurski one of the outstanding players of all time."
Carr succeeded the NFL's first president, Jim Thorpe, and both his tenure and his legacy somewhat mirror those of MLB's first commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis. Carr likewise brought order and stability to an institution that was experiencing significant growing pains. Thankfully, baseball was blessed with the Babe, and football graced by Grange. As the popularity of the gridiron grew, President Carr successfully steered the ship to safe passage right up until his death in 1939. He introducd the standard player contract, barred ineligible collegiate players, and attracted new owners and investors in major-market cities. All of which has earned him the nickname, "Father of Pro Football." Yet somehow Carr also found the time and energy to serve as a front-office exec in the fledgling American Basketball League and the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues!
The 8-1/2" x 11" missive presented here showcases Carr's beautiful PSA/DNA 9 signature. Preservation-wise, there are 3 mailing fold lines and a few tiny discreet edge tears at top. Also, Grange's penciled and erased name is notated at top in an unknown hand. Full LOA from JSA. Full LOA from PSA/DNA.