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Jim Thorpe Autographed Canton Bulldogs 7x9" International News Photograph. Presented is a rare Jim Thorpe signed vintage 1920's - 1940's wire photograph. This amazing image of Thorpe in his Canton Bulldogs uniform is easily the most famous image of the epic sportsman. The picture is signed in bold black fountain ink and inscribed with the date “1948” by Thorpe in the lower right quarter. His autograph on a photograph is quite tough to acquire and even more desirable in any format that links directly to his history with the Canton squad. The rarity of a signed period wire photograph of Thorpe cannot be understated!

Jim Thorpe was an American athlete and Olympic gold medalist. He was a member of the Sac and Fox Nation, a Native American tribe located in Oklahoma. Thorpe became the first Native American to win a gold medal for the United States of America. He is considered to be the greatest American athlete of all-time. He was among the most versatile athletes of modern sports, he won Olympic gold medals in the 1912 pentathlon and decathlon, and played American football (collegiate and professional), professional baseball, and basketball. Authentication by James Spence Authentication (JSA)

This rare signed photograph originates from the collection of International news cartoonist Bob Dunn. Bob Dunn (March 5, 1908 – January 31, 1989) was an American cartoonist, entertainer and gag writer who drew several comic strips and starred in a network TV show in the early ‘50’s. In addition to his own strips, Dunn was known for his work on Jimmy Hatlo's Little Iodine and They'll Do It Every Time. Dunn's Just the Type was syndicated from May 5, 1946 to November 24, 1963. It ran in the New York Journal-American and other newspapers across the country.

Dunn began his career by submitting gags to newspapers and magazines and sold skits to Earl Carroll for his Vanities on Broadway in 1930-31. In 1936, "he invented the knock-knock joke" (according to The World Encyclopedia of Cartoons) in a book he wrote that sold over two million copies. More successful books followed including I'm Gonna Be a Father, Hospital Happy, One Day in the Army and Magic for All. He starred in two shows in the early days of television, one was a popular game show called Quick on the Draw. He was the official toastmaster of the National Cartoonists Society, served a term as President and won the Society’s highest honor, the Rueben Award in 1975. He was a friend Hall of Fame ballplayers, championship boxers and Olympic athletes.

Jim Thorpe Autographed Canton Bulldogs 7x9" International News Photo (JSA)
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Minimum Bid: $250.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $3,236.45
Number Bids: 14
Auction closed on Sunday, August 5, 2018.
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