The most serious collectors of pre-war football memorabilia will wage a bidding war in February as Heritage Auctions presents the only known full ticket from the 1933 NFL Championship game, the very first playoff contest in the history of the professional sport.
The ticket was retained by posthumous Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee and “Father of Professional Football” Joe Carr, whose archives were rescued from a dumpster by a Heritage consignor.
“It’s really remarkable how close this historic item came to destruction,” said Chris Ivy, Director of Heritage Sports Collectibles. “Our consignor fished hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of rare, early NFL history out of the trash, and this is among the most significant pieces.”
The Chicago Bears would defeat the New York Giants in this first NFL Championship contest on Dec. 17, 1933, led by the Hall of Fame talents of ball carriers Red Grange and Bronko Nagurski at Chicago’s Wrigley Field.
Most of “The Joe Carr Collection” was sold in Heritage’s November 2016 auction, but this ticket was held back for presentation in the heralded February 2017 Platinum Night event due to its elite significance and value. Experts expect the ticket to command over $20,000.
Bidding for Heritage Auctions’ Platinum Night Sports Catalog Auction opens in early February.