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March 19, 2014 at 2:03pm
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What items do you have?  Please share.  

I'm an avid historian of The OSU football program and wanted to start this thread to see if perhaps there are others out there that share the collecting passion like I do.

Some recent additions to my ever expanding collecting:

Keith Byars 1983 to 1985 game helmet (still investigating whether it was also used in his first season 82'):

In 84' Byars was runner-up in Heisman voting to Doug Flutie who was riding the media storm when BC beat Miami on his Hail Mary pass.  We will never know, but many feel that Byars had it won but the Flutie pass and Flutie being a senior that year allowed him to overtake Byars in the voting... plus many must have felt that Byars would have his senior year to win (sadly he injured his foot in pre-senior year training). 

Keith Byars would finish as the runner-up to Flutie, falling victim to two of the Heisman voters’ most aggravating tendencies- rewarding a guy for one play or game (see Tim Brown, Charles Woodson, Desmond Howard, Flutie) and looking at career numbers instead of who had the best year.

Link to a great write-up on Byars done by Joe Beale 5 years ago:

http://www.elevenwarriors.com/2009/06/25-years-ago-keith-byars.html

Keith Byars multi-season worn helmet.
Got my Byars group in one spot for a photo (all came from the same location... Byars).

1. 84 OSU vs Illinois game ball presented to Byars for his 274 yards and 5 TD's.

2. 85 Fiesta Bowl ball was a gathering of All-America's from all sports and they were presented this ball (it has several autographs on it). 

3. Photo in the center (Byars with Bo Jackson at the 1986 Ricoh Japan Bowl). 

4. Byars 1986 Japan Bowl jacket still has a Japanese restaurant menu folded in the pocket and equated to his "last meal" - meaning his LAST game in an Ohio State uniform.

5. His helmet.

Byars
Byars
 

 

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1916 Ohio State vs. Wisconsin, it has been stated that this was Chic Harley’s “coming out” game where he accounted for all 14 of OSU’s points that day, it was homecoming, and the crowd numbered 12,500 making it the largest crowd to ever see an Ohio State game.  Coming in to the game the Badgers had outscored their opponents 91-10 and were considered “sure locks” to beat the young Buckeyes; but Buckeye coach John Wilce had other plans and held practice until dark each evening in preparation for the November 4th contest between the two undefeated teams; Ohio State (3-0) vs. Wisconsin (4-0).  Ohio State finished the season undefeated (7-0) and won their first Western Conference Championship and in the process set the record (which still stands today) for the most points scored against an opponent 128-0 vs. Oberlin College.

The ticket has seen its share of... well... time.  But here she is in all her glory:

1916 Ohio State vs. Wisconsin Ticket.

 

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1919 Ohio State vs. Michigan.  Our FIRST victory over TTUN.  

Prior to 1919 the Buckeyes had not fared so well and had lost 13 games and tied twice.  Since 1919 “The Rivalry” has Ohio State vs. Michigan nose to nose with OSU posting 46 victories, UM 45 victories, while sharing four ties.  Chic Harley made a huge impact in the game by intercepting four passes and scoring all points on offense.  Following the Buckeyes' 13-3 win, the legendary Michigan head coach Fielding H. Yost asked for and was granted a rare moment to address the Ohio State team and stated "You deserve your victory, you fought brilliantly.  You boys gave a grand exhibition of football strategy and while I am sorry, dreadfully sorry, that we lost, I want to congratulate you. And you, Mr. Harley, I believe, are one of the finest little machines I have ever seen."

Chic Harley made such an impact that someone wrote his name on the front of the program (that is not Chic in the photo, as this was at UM).

I present my 1919 Ohio State vs. Michigan Program and Tickets:

1919 Ohio State vs Michigan Program and Tickets.

 

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1919 Ohio State vs. Illinois.  Chic Harley’s final college game and the 1919 OSU Homecoming.  Subsequently the last game of Chic Harley’s Ohio State career that resulted in his only loss while playing three seasons for the Buckeyes (1916, 1917, and 1919).  It has been stated that Harley was absolutely devastated, took all the blame for the loss, and remained in the locker room until well past midnight.  Center Fritz Holtkamp wrote “Chic Harley… was as wonderful in defeat as he had been after his many victories.  The only difference was that in defeat he took all the blame for the loss, while in victory all his praise was for the other man”.

When Harley was finished playing at Ohio State the Buckeyes had only one loss over his three seasons, Ohio State's first consensus first-team All-America selection and first three-time All-America selection, he became a charter inductee in the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951, was critical in Ohio State’s first victory over Michigan, and through his play the new Ohio Stadium aka “The Shoe” or “The Horseshoe” was finished shortly after Harley’s last game at a total cost of $1.49 million and stood as the largest poured concrete structure in the world.

The program and ticket from the game:

1919 Ohio State vs Illinois (Chic Harley's last game) program and ticket.

 

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Your link isn't working.  Do you have pictures?  Any for sale?

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sorry for the delay, just saw this.  Just sent you an email.

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I have an Ohio State football with the following signatures on it:

AJ Hawk (#47 OLB; 02-05)
Jim Tressel (HC; 01-10)
Earle Bruce (HC; 79-87)
Keith Byars (#41 RB; 82-85)
Nick Mangold (#55 C; 02-05)
BJ Sander (#21 P; 2000-03)
Antonio Pittman (#25 RB; 04-06)
Scott McMullen (#15 QB; 2000-03)
Bob Murphy (DB; 77-80)
Bobby Carpenter (#42 OLB; 02-05)
Joe Cooper (#10 OLB; 98-2001)
John Adams (#49 FB)
Anthony Schlegel (#51 MLB; 04-05)
Jonathan Wells (#28 RB; 98-2001)
Dan “Big Daddy” Wilkinson (#72 DT; 91-93)
Pete Johnson (#33 FB; 73-76)
Michael Wiley (#5 RB; 96-99)

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During his explosive 1984 season, Byars found himself looking up at a 24-0 deficit to Illinois in the Horseshoe on October 13 in front of more than 89,000 uneasy Buckeye fans.  Byars turned in an amazing performance to lead Ohio State back, rushing for 274 yards and five touchdowns en route to a 45-38 win.

Byars ignited the crowd with his fourth touchdown of the day, a 67-yard run that featured a cutback at the Illini 35, where Keith threw a shoe and still outran the entire defense for the score.

His fifth touchdown came in the final minute of the game to win it for the Buckeyes. The Shoe went from crypt-silent to pandemonium over the course of the performance. Byars grew stronger and throughout the game and wore down the Illinois defense. It was one of the great comebacks in Ohio State history!

I present THE GAME BALL that was presented to Byars:

1984 Keith Byars Ohio State vs. Illinois Game Ball.

 

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I, also, was there. I was 11 years old and one of my first Ohio State football games in person. We didn't have much money growing up and if I was lucky enough to get tickets someone was giving away Northwestern tickets. I went to this Illinois game and like 4 Northwestern games until I was in college. 

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That is Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!

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My 1890 MAKIO (The OSU yearbook) that has the first ever football team photo in it. 

1890 MAKIO
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Take notice to the name of "Foot Ball" as it had been called in the early days and later clearly became "Football". 

Played a total of 4 games in 1890 (in the Spring) and by the time the 1890 MAKIO was printed they had only played 1 of the 4 (see schedule) and the game was our only victory that first season (Record 1-3):

Schedule

The 1890 team (our first) from inside the MAKIO yearbook:

1890 Ohio State team

 

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WOW!! Those are some awesome collectables!! I wish I still lived in Ohio so I could hunt some treasures like these down!

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Active duty military, been moving around the globe for 27 years of active duty and haven't lived in Ohio since I joined in 1986.  In fact, I live in Italy currently and have been stationed in Europe for the most part since 2006.

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Might be able to snag an autograph from Della Valle in the near future

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Don't really have anything... My dad has a few things.

 

I guess my biggest thing would be a selfie with me holding one of Orlando Pace's Lombardi Awards when I went to the Gold Pants Social last year..... 

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Mini-helmet signed by seniors on the 2002 national title team.

Replica jersey signed by Archie.

Hat signed by JT - I met him at a student event and just handed him my hat to sign - cheapest collectible I own.

3 foot tall Brutus bobble head statue.

Miscellaneous other stuff.

Most important:  2 college degrees (one for me; one for wife)

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I dont have a collectible per say but I did come across these folks at a game. They sell an awesome beach ball that looks like brutus' head. They are a local Columbus company so you can see them at some local games or order one online but id rather grab one at a game

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added this somewhere else already, but I should put it here, too.

Jack Tatum jersey from the '68 season:

 

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Tatum for the WIN!!!!!  Very nice item. 

I've had this for a while, but just framed it with a turn of the century frame I found here in Italy (hand blown glass as well).

Rare 1909 Ohio State University football composite team picture.  Item originated from the Hatfield (player) estate.

This is the same 1909 composite team photo that the Ohio State University has in their archives, but the one they have is only an 8" x 10" except this item is enormous at 13" x 19" & on heavy paper stock.

1909 Ohio State Composite

Item originated from the Hatfield (player) estate.

Hatfield

The ol' Ball Coach: Coach Albert "Al" Herrnstein (1906–1909, coached in 39 games, with 28 wins, only 10 losses, and 1 tie.  Net result a .731 winning percentage).

Coach Albert "Al" Herrnstein

 

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1906 OSU vs Michigan Postcard

OSU vs TTUN

 

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Wow nice! And it graded out as a 10!

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How awesome is that! Nice.

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1906 Very nice Padrino

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We almost got them that year, game ended 6 to 0 for TTUN.

From our first victory over TTUN in 1919, the record in The Rivalry stands at 46 Wins for The OSU and 45 Wins for TTUN, with 4 ties.

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History buff are we? Nice job

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New addition:

Rare photograph from the famous 1950 Michigan v. Ohio State "Snow Bowl". The game was played in a blizzard and it made it almost impossible for photographers to bear the elements and take quality images so photographs from this game are VERY rare.

1950 OSU vs UM SNOW BOWL

 

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1914 Ohio State vs Illinois (we got lumped that day) field view of the crowd (how things have changed):

1914 OSU vs Illinois

 

 

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How about a 1936 OSU team photo, original print, NOT a reprint.  It is signed by 11 players, including All-Americans Charles "Tank" Hamrick and Inwood "Tuck" Smith.  I have had this item for quite some time and I received it from the Hallabrin family (John Hallabrin played in 1939-40-41).  I would like to add a picture, but I am in the process of finishing the custom framing for my office.  I would be interested in any input on the value of the item, I have never really tried to find out because I don't intend to sell it.  I have many other unique items that I will post with pics soon.

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Very nice.  Please add a photo of the item when you can.  You can send me an email and I have a friend of mine that is a huge autograph collector and has a keen insight in to the autograph world in regard to value and rarity of certain autographs.

*** I would like to add that NONE OF MY ITEMS ARE REPRINTS.

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I will post pictures as soon as I can.  I didn't mean to imply that any of your items were reprints, it seems fairly obvious to me that they are not.  Nice collection by the way.

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I didn't read it that way, just wanted to emphasize the point.  In fact I detest reprints and feel that any type of item that is reprinted does nothing but to hurt the market. 

Thanks!  I'll be posting more up shortly as I have tons of material.
 

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One of my all-time favorite items I own: 1922 Ohio Stadium Dedication Game panoramic between Ohio State vs Michigan.  VERY LARGE (10 x 44)

1922 Ohio Stadium Game Dedication Panoramic

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1913 Ohio State vs Northwestern Program:

1913 OSU program

 

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1919 Ohio State BATTLE CRY with lyrics:

1919

 

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Eleven Warriors - ever wonder where the name of the site comes from?  Here are the original lyrics from 1919.

Buckeye Battle Cry:

In old Ohio there’s a team
That’s known thru-out the land;
Eleven warriors, brave and bold,
Whose fame will ever stand.
And when the ball goes over,
Our cheers will reach the sky,
Ohio field will hear again
The Buckeye Battle Cry –

Drive! Drive on down the field,
Men of the scarlet and gray;
Don’t let them thru that line,
We have to win this game today,
Come on, Ohio!
Smash through to victory.
We cheer you as you go:
Our honor defend
We will fight to the end for O-hi-o.
Across The Field
Fight the team across the field,
Show them Ohio’s here
Set the earth reverberating
with a mighty cheer
Rah! Rah! Rah!
Hit them hard and see how they fall;
Never let that team get the ball,
Hail! Hail! the gang’s all here,
So let’s win that
old conference now.

 

 
Eleven Warriors

 

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It would be great to see what other items are out there. 

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Awesome stuff Il Padrino.

I have a couple game jerseys:

- 2012 home #8. Sizing pegs it as Southward, not Spence. The nameplate has been removed so I can say it was worn on the sidelines for a handful of games, rather than it being a backup set.

- 2008 road #6. Grant Schwartz jersey that saw some action. Nameplate removed but some evident purple paint transfer from the November shellacking in Evanston.

Might be of interest to some people, the OSU site is selling team issued 2012 jerseys for $125, 2013 for $200. Still some decent numbers left. Fat fans should stay away as these are fitted tight.

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i have my great uncle's (Gomer Jones All-American 1935) shoulder pads and football pants from OSU.

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Gomer Jones was a great Buckeye!  My grandfather played with him. 

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Gomer Jones

In case you've never seen one, here is my 1935 Catalina Sweater Die Cut of Gomer Jones (very rare large die-cut).  He was one heck of a ball player!

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I thought my autographs, classic programs and newspaper clippings were cool. But after seeing the artifacts from Il Padrino's collection my stuff seems a whole lot less interesting

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Some of my photos of The Shoe when she was going up. 

The Shoe Construction

 

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Recent addition: Vintage Rawlings R5 Official Ohio State Football.  Still trying to ascertain the year (era) that this may have been used.

OSU football
OSU Football

 

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Mr. Woodrow (Woody) Hayes and then Assistant Athletic Director J. Edgar Weaver and is a financial assistance agreement for player John C. Martin who was on the 55, 56, and 57 teams.
Hayes
 
 
 
 

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One of, if not the, greatest Buckeye ever to suit up: Chic Harley

Just recently added these very rare Type I photos from 1919. 

Chic Harley
Chic Harley

 

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Game program from the 2003 National Championship game autographed by Matt Wilhelm. 

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Recent additions:

1924 Ohio State vs Michigan

1924 Ohio State vs Michigan

2003 Fiesta Bowl Lapel Pin

2003 Fiesta Bowl

1893

1893

 

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Some great pieces of OSU history shown here, very impressive.

Thanks for is sharing Il_Padrino (and for your service)!

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Thanks!  It is my honor to serve! 

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Thanks for sharing all your great pieces Dan!  Here's one of my favorite pieces in my collection, an envelope that was signed by then Ohio State head coach Sam Williaman in 1933 to an 18 year old prospect in West Virginia.  Willaman would remain coach of Ohio State through the end of that season and would move on to Western Reserve for 1934.  Before he could return for his second season, he passed away at the young age of 44.  Because of this, his autograph is quite rare.  I've only seen one other one in all my time of collecting.

 

 

Collect autographs of former Ohio State football coaches and All-Americans.

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Matt,

Amazing autograph, I've never seen one before. 

I'm still looking for a Charles "Chic" Harley autograph and more photos of him.

Dan 

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1926 Chicago Bears vs. Louisville Colonels. 

Ohio State Alumn Pete Stinchcomb is featured on this original broadside.

*** Chicago won the match 34-0.
Bears

 

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Lived just outside of Findlay in a housing (I don't think "development" is the right word here as it was still pretty much country back in 1968) group of 4 or 5 houses built by Pete Stinchcomb and accompanied him and my father to the game vs Purdue when they were ranked first in the country with Mike Phipps and Leroy Keyes about 10 rows off the field near the 50 yard line.

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Neat story; I'm always looking for Stinchcomb items.  He was an amazing player and, in my opinion, did a wonderful job playing alongside Chic Harley and never speaking an ill word of "playing second fiddle" to Harley.  A real class act Stinchcomb was/is.

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A few recent pickups:

1941 Ohio State Coach Paul Brown (please excuse the text but people continue to copy images and sell as original on Ebay or other sites so I protect my original prints in this manner).

Coach Brown

1941 Coach Brown
1941 Coach Brown

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My favorite piece is my 2010 game helmet pro combat style, and the cleats and pants to go with it. Also have Pants, gloves, and cleats to the 09 Pro Combat line, along with cleats from 2011 vs Wisconsin in the pro combat uniforms. A game worn jersey from the national championship vs LSU with nameplate and bowl patch both still intact. Numerous autographs, and a TON of game and practice cleats from a former Buckeye that were from his NFL days.

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Please post up some photos of the items.  I had hoped that many more would do so in the spirit of the thread title and sharing the different types of collectables we all have.  Thanks.

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Some more of Coach Paul Brown (1941):

Paul Brown
Paul Brown
Paul Brown

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1968 Ohio State vs TTUN = The OSU NATIONAL CHAMPIONS Program!!!!!

1968 Ohio State vs TTUN program

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Question, would anybody be interested in making copies of some of their pics/programs so I can frame them and put them up? The real thing would be great, but the images are awesome! I'd love to have some pics of Coach Paul Brown, Woodie and that program from THE GAME in '68!! I'll pay for the costs, message me if interested. Thanks!!

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The photos of Brown, etc. will not be displayed without the ownership statement across the front because people are turning profits via reprints.  They are originals and will not be reprinted.  That being said, if you are interested in buying items just send me a message and we can discuss (my email is everywhere above this post). 

Dan

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Here is another one of my items; would really like to see what anyone else has. 

October 28, 1905 Ohio State vs Case Western Reserve (tie ball game 0 - 0) AT Ohio Field.

1905

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Hey IL_Padrino...how do you post pictures in your comment, I would like to share a few.  Thanks.

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When you write responses there are icons (bold, italics, etc.) and there is an icon that looks like mountains (image tab 4th from right). 

Select that tab and  you will need to paste in the URL section the photo's information...

If on photobucket just go to the actual photo, select it, right click and select "copy image location" then paste that in the URL section.  You will also need to write something in the line below URL (line is called "alternate text")...  then hit "OK". 

Yes, Eleven Warriors could simply enable IMG links and I am mystified why they don't.  SO, in the meantime you have to do all the stuff I just listed.  Once you do it you'll get the hang of it and it isn't too tough.

Dan

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1909 Freshmen vs Sophomores:

1909
1909

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Are there no OSU collectors out there?  Come on folks!!!! WHAT YOU GOT?

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This is an extraordinary collection.  Your collection is more Smithsonian-like than anything else.  I don't have much, a few signed things I managed to gather while a student in Columbus, and a few signed mini's and 8x10's since but hardly anything rare and unique like the items you've acquired.  Just...wow!

Not OSU, but I do have a 1954 baseball signed by the '54 World Series Tribe...Feller, Bob Lemon, Al Rosen, Early Wynn, Larry Doby, Al Lopez, Vic Wertz, Mike Garcia, Bob Avila, and more.  27 sigs in total.  

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What a devastating season that ended up being.  To win all those games and then to lose to the New York Giants in 4 straight that included Will "Say Hey" Mays catch over his shoulder... might have been the beginning for all of Cleveland's woes (e.g. The Catch (Mays), The Drive (Elway), The Fumble... The Move...... etc. etc. etc). 

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That 'catch' of course, now symbolizes the rise of a young, relatively unheard of future Hall of Famer; Willie Mays (was actually hit by Vic Wertz in what would have been a 2-run double, at minimum as Doby and Rosen were both on base, with no outs and the score tied 2-2 in the 8th). I tend to agree; that catch and series was the beginning of a long, long dark period of Cleveland baseball.

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Ive got some nice stuff for ya, just need to get off my asd and get ya some pics.

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Post them up when you can please.  I wrote a bit earlier on how to post up images in case you weren't sure how to. 

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1909 Ohio State vs. TTUN (at Ferry Field)
1909 OSU vs UM

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Stadium Chair

Signed by Archie & Eddie

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OSUMB Bass Drum w/Lights & Hat

OSUMB Bass Drum signed by entire band (2013) along with band hat complete with plume.  The ball in the corner is signed by Hawk, Schlegel, and Carpenter.  The other is signed by Doug Worthington, Brian Hartline, James Laurinaitis, Anderson Russell, Jake Ballard, and Thad Gibson.  Both balls are game balls.

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Wow...I'll swap you my first born (for all I know, he/she might not be until ~2025) for that bass drum.  Very, very nice.

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Thanks, but that sounds like a questionable trade.  It took some work to get the drum into the piece that it is, especially with the LED lighting inside.  I'll be posting more stuff soon, those were just a couple of the easy ones.

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Original 1936 team picture signed by the following 11 players: Charles "Tank" Hamrick (Captain), Ironwood "Tuck" Smith (Captain), Nick Wasylik, Keith Bliss, Bob Miller, Frank Antenucci, Ed West, Thom Monahan, Charlie Ream, Ken Kleinfelder, and Warren Crissinger.  Still in the process of custom framing.

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Not the greatest of pictures, but this is a game ball signed by all current living Heisman winners.

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Another average picture, but a custom National Championship shadow box with LED lighting and panoramic print signed by the 2002 seniors and Craig Krenzel.  This is much larger than it appears, 40" X 30".

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You've a very nice mix of both OSU relics and modern day memorabilia, Osubux.

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im late to this party but I still have a plastic bag of grass (well mostly just sand now) from the field after the 2002 win over Michigan. Took up a chunk from the endzone and stuffed it in my pocket, kept that baby and will NOT let anyone throw it out

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Post some photos because I started this thread to be about collectibles that are important to each of us for our beloved BUCKEYES. 

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Now we're talking!  Nice items OSUbux. 

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This is one of the rough possibilities for the 1936 picture, nothing is permanent which is why it looks like it does.  i am open for any opinions and thoughts.  I want a vintage yet classy look.  Been struggling with this for a while.

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Being an avid Ohio State football collector I occasionally come across unique The Best Damn Band in the Land (TBDBITL) and halftime band related items and thought it appropriate to share some of them here.

1922 Ohio State Football (first game in new stadium (Oct 7)) - OSU vs Ohio Wesleyan pre-game the band marching toward the new Ohio Stadium.  Result was a WIN 5-0.

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1922 Ohio State Football (first game in new stadium).

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Some random 1923 season band photos:

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A few more 1923 photos:

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1943 Homecoming (halftime) Queen and Court.

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What should have/could have been a National Championship season (but unfortunately wasn't) but we got a Heisman Trophy winner that year (Horvath).  The 1944 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented the Ohio State University in the college football season of 1944-1945. The Buckeyes compiled a 9–0 record under Coach Widdoes and the Buckeyes outscored opponents 287-79 during the season.

1944 OSU vs Great Lakes (Oct 21) Coach Widdoes Formation:

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1944 OSU vs Great Lakes (Oct 21) Ohio Formation:

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1944 OSU vs Great Lakes (Oct 21) Paul Brown Formation:

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1944 OSU vs Great Lakes (Oct 21) Paul Brown Formation:

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1944 OSU vs Indiana (Nov 4) Dads Formation (Father's Day):

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1944 OSU vs Indiana (Nov 4) FDR Formation (Franklin D Roosevelt):

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1944 OSU vs Indiana (Nov 4) Mule Formation:

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1944 OSU vs Indiana (Nov 4) Star Formation:

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1944 OSU vs Michigan (Nov 25) Chic Harley Formation:

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1944 OSU vs Michigan (Nov 25) Hourglass Formation:

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Come on guys.  Who has collectibles? 

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I have one but for some damn reason everytime i try to post it on here it will not let me post it. And as far as i know it is the only one that even exist because there were only two of them even made. It is a statue of Archie and it was signed by him while he was still playing for the bungle's but it is him dressed in OSU gear.

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The image has to be hosted elsewhere (e.g. photobucket, etc.) and you copy the exact image location (URL) and go to the little landscape (mountain) looking icon above the section of writing responses and you can paste the image URL there.  You have to also make sure you give the item a quick name (line under the URL line) and you should see your image herein.  Not sure why 11W makes it so tough for folks to place images, but that is how it has to be done.

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Great thread!

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I will be posting some more photos soon. 

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Jim Tressel, Mike Doss, AJ Hawk, Mike Nugent, Crag Krenzel, Maurice Clarrett, and on the other side is Troy Smith and Archie Griffin

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How about the 1897 team, here's my photo of them.  Ohio State went 1-7-1 and was outscored 168-18.  It would be the worst season in school history (statistically), the 2011 season was brutal but not quite as bad because we had 6 wins.

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And the 1897 season added a layer of complexity to our beloved Buckeyes in the form of "what could have been...?".
Following a 5-5-1 record in 1896, Ohio State fired its football coach, Charles Hickey. A search for the next coach was conducted, which included Fielding H. Yost. Yost was an accomplished player at West Virginia, Lafayette and Ohio Wesleyan.

In February of 1897, he ventured to Columbus seeking the coaching position. Yost may well have got the job had it not been for his eager enthusiasm. In The Official Ohio State Football Encyclopedia, author Jack Park writes, "After Yost demonstrated his physical competence on both a student and a faculty member, instructions were given to 'get that wild man off campus.'"

It was an order that had a major effect on the biggest rivalry in sports. Yost ended up at Michigan in 1901 and coached for 25 seasons, the most successful stint in college football history. Michigan had an overall record of 165-29-10 and won six national titles and 10 Big Ten championships. Its record against Ohio State was 16-3-1.

For five seasons, 1901 to '05, Yost's famed "point-a-minute" teams were 55-1-1, outscoring their opponents 2,821 to 42.

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Too funny IL

I knew that team wasn't very good - just look at that photo - not one of those boys is happy to be there. Boy times have changed, thank God! 

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Not to mention their uniforms are the same, or sure look like, as the prisoner's were wearing up at the old Ohio Penitentiary that stood on Spring Street just west of downtown Columbus for 164 years, from 1834 until 1998.

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1902 Ohio State team picture (take note of our worst beating ever from UM - I will not be super happy with any win vs TTUN until we beat them 87-0, happy yes... super happy not until then):

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1902 Results

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Anyone have anything from the 1942 team? I had the honor of meeting Chuck Csuri a few years back and having lunch with him. Was able to get a picture with him and have a few things signed by him. 

I always look for stuff from that year, but haven't found anything of significance. 

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You need to post that photo in here. That has got to be one of your all time fav's huh?

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Here's my 1942 game used ball from the 21-7 win over Michigan.  It's signed by almost the entire team including 1944 Heisman Les Horvath (scored all 3 TDs in the game) and head coach Paul Brown + future head coaches Carroll Widdoes and Paul O. Bixler.

 
 

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Funny, you can actually read the signatures from those guys back then with no issues at all.  Try doing that with any of today's signed items, particularly a team signed football.

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I have a buddy that has a game ball from the 1942 season signed by nearly everyone on the team + coaches.  Let me see if he'll post it up here. 

In the meantime; I don't have much that new, but here is my 42' OSU vs TTUN ticket.

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That is awesome - what year is it from?

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The ticket is from the 42' OSU vs TTUN.

The ball is from the 42' season.  Matt's the one I was mentioning that had this ball.

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I am extremely jealous of the football. I am pretty sure I made Chuck's name out in the first picture, right side of the football, right in the middle and in the last picture, left side right in the middle. 

I have a ton of respect for that guy. We talked a little football. It was Urban's first year so he hadn't met Urban yet. He had some very high praise for Tressel and what he did for the team of '42. They never received rings so when Tressel found that out, he made sure they received rings when the '02 team won. Was pretty impressed with that. 

I actually had the 1942 shirt on when I met him the first time. He comes up to me and goes, "Hey, that's my shirt". I never knew that the "CC" on the back of the helmets from that year were in dedication to him. I was a little disappointed in Nike when I found out that they never even gave him a shirt. I was never able to find a large for him. I found an XL and gave it to him just so he had one. 

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Eddie George's glove from a game during senior season, I think it was the 327 yard game vs. Illinois but I haven't found the right pics to verify this.  Man I love that thing!

-I haven't come up with a good one yet.

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My newest piece arrived from eBay today! 

Chuck Csuri auto helmet
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A very rare pre-construction rendition of the stadium (September 1920) with attached subject/story of the $1,000,000 in fundraising that is to occur for stadium construction.  The photo is the only one I've ever seen and was apparently used for news distribution, etc. and is a silver gelatin era photo.

Borrowed this from Wiki (I hate using that site): " A public-subscription Stadium Campaign to fund the project began in October 1920 and raised over $1.1 million in pledges by January 1921, of which $975,001 were actually honored."

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My 1955 Rose Bowl National Championship ticket (Jan 1, 1955):

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My 1958 Rose Bowl National Championship tickets (Jan 1, 1958):

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IL, where do you find the majority of your stuff or have you had it for a while?

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I have been collecting for years.  Here is an article that Gridiron Greats did on my collection in 2014 and has some of the background on how I got started, etc.  Short synopsis is that I joined the military 28+ years ago and left Ohio and continuing collecting has kept me connected to my home state and my beloved Buckeyes.  I have nearly every Ohio State vs TTUN ticket and nearly all Bowl Game tickets as well (still need a 1921 Rose Bowl) and am always looking for upgrades to my tickets.  I also collect countless other things beyond that and a small sample of items is contained within this thread and am always looking for unusual and rare items; the more rare the better.

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Coach Paul Brown and his wife: 1941
Coach Paul Brown

You talking to me?  Ohio State Coach Paul Brown 1941.

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OSU Coach Paul Brown 1941 in his library (just a few books on football):

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I posted this elsewhere earlier today; so sort of a repost (sorry). 

Here is a scanned image of one of the tickets in my collection = The FIRST game ever between OSU and MSU = 1912 Ohio State vs Michigan Agriculture College (MAC) that was later (1925) called Michigan State.

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 Obviously, these things are not as old as your stuff as I am only 33. But, I have a signed Jim Tressel football that he gave me while I was in the hospital after a crash that nearly ended by life (it reads "Nick, Get Well Soon! Go Bucks), Laurinaitis and Pryor signed Authentic jerseys, Eddie George, Troy Smith and Tedd Ginn jerseys, Vernon Gholston signed helmet and ball (not sure how he busted), Speilman, Beanie Wells, Archie, Malcom Jenkins, and Troy Smith mini helmets, signed AJ Hawk Ball, signed Beanie ball,  Ginn, Pittman, and others signed ball, Keith Byars and Jeff Graham signed ball, Jenkins, Laurinaitis, and others signed ball, Archie signed ball, Tressel signed book, tons of programs, magazines, and ticket stubs, tons of national championship collectibles including a Krenzel signed pic and jacket, and a Welcome Fiesta Bowls Coors Light Banner from Acme Roadhouse, lots of framed and signed pics, lots of bobble heads, grass from 2006 vs. Michigan for our last home game before switching to artificial turf, lots of other various stuff. This is a very cool thread and thank you for sharing.

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Thanks for sharing what you have; please post up some photos when you can.  If you are having issues posting photos I made mention of how to do it earlier in this thread.

FYI - I'm not much older than you.  I am an avid student of the game and simply love the history of our team. 
 

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I will work on getting some pics up later today. My entire basement is an Ohio State room full of the stuff I mentioned.

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 I enjoy seeing other collections as well. I think since I spotted this late though that it is just down to you and I.

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On Ebay I posted up a bunch of Ohio State Buckeye MAKIO's from the years of 1898, 1901, 1903, 1912, & 1914.  Will be adding several more tomorrow if anyone is interested; the others that I am adding are: 1916, 1921, 1923, 1925, 1926, & 1929.

These are rare, hard to come by, and amazing reference items to the early beginnings of our beloved Buckeyes. 

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Nice stuff guys wow some day when I get a basement!

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Sorry I've been gone for awhile guys, but I'm back with a few more items.  This is a 1916 original edition of Songs of Ohio State University.  This is a compilation of songs from a competition that the university had for students to submit school songs that they had composed.  They opened it to other universities and schools.  This was before the Buckeye Battle Cry (1919) but it is where Across the Field originated and was kept as a permanent school song.  There were 24 black & white photos pasted in this edition of various campus scenes including Ohio Field.  All of these photos are still in my edition.  I believe the book to be very rare, especially in this condition.  IL_Padrino do you have any further insight on this book?  I have received some info from the university library in Columbus.

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Pretty neat item; haven't seen one before with that cover.  It appears that one recently sold on Ebay though (Nov 8th). 

I have a couple OSU Battle Cry music sheets; here's an image of one of the two I have (this one isn't in that great of shape, my other one is and I need to get it scanned). 

Battle Cry

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Here's the other:

Battle Cry

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1923 edition of How to Enjoy Football written by John W. Wilce (head coach 1913-1928) and Director of Athletics Lynn W.  St. John (St. John Arena).  Absolutely mint condition.

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Are you interested in a Lynn St. John autograph that is on original Ohio State contractual documents?  Send me an email if you are.

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This is the latest current gem that I just hung in my office after adding a couple extra touches to it.  I doubt there are too many of these floating around.

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And finally for now, this is a section concourse sign removed from the stadium prior to the 1998-2001 renovation.  One of these days I will take it down to Columbus to Mr. Janakievski's Easy Living Deli and have him sign it.

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Here are our Buckeyes featured on the annual Athletic World magazine in 1922:

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1922 Team
The stadium was under construction when this was written. 
Many do not know that: When Ohio Stadium opened in 1922, it was the largest poured concrete structure in the world
Stadium

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I have a few things - mainly autographs.

A few years ago TK Legacy came out with an autograph card (like a baseball card) I collected the entire 1942 championship team and had it framed.  I managed to get a Paul Brown autograph card too and had it added.

The game Jack dotted the eye was my first Ohio State game, I saved the ticket stub and took it to the memorial tournament in Columbus a couple years later and had him autograph it.  It is now framed with a nice picture of him dotting the eye.

I have an autographed helmet from the 2002 team.

Lots and lots of mini helmets.

Autograph Heisman poster that has the first four Ohio State Heisman winners.  I've seen this poster on ebay for $1000 and I have 4 of them. 

J.T White autograph TK Legacy card limited to 100.  J.T. White I believe is the only one (or one of a couple) who have played for two different schools and won a national championship with each.  The schools happened to be 1942 Ohio State and 1947 Michigan.  His gap in playing was due to WW2.

I have a really cool picture of my wife and Archie doing the Heisman pose at the OSU golf course.  My wife was in the guard for 12 years, before we moved to FL, and they were filming a recruiting commercial that featured Archie Tressel and Thad.  We had the photo blown up to 30" x 40" and several 8 x10's made.  Archie signed them all with out question - he is really a cool guy.

Of course, a program, ticket stub and my piece of the field from The Game 2006 in a shadow box.

Original redwood benches from the stadium.  They came from the restoration of the stadium when they lowered the field.  One day, I would like to inlay them in to a bar top I think.  A lot of history those rather simple 2 x 4's have seen.

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Sorry can not for the life of me figure out how to upload pictures or else I would share.

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The image has to be hosted elsewhere (e.g. photobucket, etc.) and you copy the exact image location (URL) = go to the image on photobucket, right click and you will see an option called "copy image location" and click that; then. 

Here on this page, go to the little landscape (mountain) looking icon above the section of writing responses and you can paste the image URL there.  You have to also make sure you give the item a quick name (line under the URL line) and you should see your image herein.  Not sure why 11W makes it so tough for folks to place images, but that is how it has to be done.

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Going in line with the 1919 items above and another item that I have never seen before: 1919 Michigan season ticket mailing packet. 

This came by way of the family an early aviator who must have been a fan of TTUN (Michigan) and was on their season ticket ordering mailings.  The poor gentleman died in an aviation crash in the fall of 1919. 

What is really great about this group is that it shows several things about The Rivalry between OSU and UM, in that it was not yet a rivalry.  In fact the Minnesota vs Michigan game was played last on Nov 22nd and the ticket prices were much higher than the Oct 25th game with Ohio State. 

The 1919 season marked the first Ohio State win over Michigan and since 1919 The Rivalry = Ohio State has 46 victories, Michigan has 45 victories, and they share 4 ties. 

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This is how the above group was presented to me in an email.  I nearly fell out of my chair!!!!

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Anyone notice that tickets to the OSU vs UM game were $1 in the South Stands?

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Those were the days....

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Haha and "The Game" as we know it now was the 3rd game that season.  We sure have come a long way with this rivalry.

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Got this the other day; 1921 Ohio State vs Michigan ticket.

The 1921 Ohio State Buckeyes football team compiled a 5–2 record while outscoring opponents 110-14. The 14 points allowed came in Ohio State's only losses.

Schedule

Date Opponent Site Result
October 1 Ohio Wesleyan* Ohio Field • Columbus, Ohio W 28-0  
October 8 Oberlin* Ohio Field • Columbus, Ohio L 6-7  
October 15 Minnesota Ohio Field • Columbus, Ohio W 27-0  
October 22 at Michigan Ferry Field • Ann Arbor, Michigan W 14-0  
November 5 at Chicago Stagg Field • Chicago, Illinois W 7-0  
November 12 Purdue Ohio Field • Columbus, Ohio W 28-0  
November 19 Illinois Ohio Field • Columbus, Ohio L 0-7  

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I just sold this: $750

1985 Keith Byars Fiesta Bowl Trophy Football Ohio State, w/ NFL & NBA autographs

In 1985, the Fiesta Bowl brought together many of that year’s All-American’s from all sports for a celebration.  During the Fiesta Bowl, each All-American was presented with a 1985 Fiesta Bowl All-American Presentation Football.

This football was presented to Keith Byars and has several autographs on it, includes football and basketball All-Americans and Heisman finalist:

Robbie Bosco, #6, Brigham Young Quarterback (finished 3rd in 1984 Heisman voting): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robbie_Bosco

Hayden Fry, Iowa Head Coach: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hayden_Fry

Kenneth Davis, #36, TCU Running Back: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenneth_Davis_%28American_football%29

Reuben Mayes, Washington State, Running Back: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rueben_Mayes

Tyrone “Muggsy” Bogues, #14, Wake Forest: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muggsy_Bogues

Danny Manning, #25, Kansas: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danny_Manning

Kenny Walker, #34, University of Kentucky: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenny_Walker

PLUS 4 other autographs (unknown). 

The photo came from Byars personal photo album and shows several of the players who signed the ball posing at some sort of function plus the photo validates the football itself to the event by showing a couple of players are seen holding the same type of presentation football.

Item comes with a certified letter of origin explaining where it came from and how they arrived on the open market from Byars personal affects.

The football and photo came from Byars personal collection (both are included in this auction):

1985

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Haven't posted up in a while and wanted to add this item of mine; someone had painstakingly record all the game from 1890 to 1944 (for your review).

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Anyone else out there have collectible items? 

Do you collect Autographs, Jerseys, Helmets, etc?  Post them up!

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