Among the “chosen few” to make the jump to the NFL following the demise of the upstart AAFC, the Baltimore Colts were the most curious candidate, coming off a dismal 1-11 showing. These (12) incredibly scarce gameday programs were issued during the Colts’ and AAFC’s 1949 swan song. Covers and pages remain intact throughout on rare gridiron survivors that show between (EX-MT) and (FR) quality. The guides hail from the club’s Memorial Stadium home, as well as from famed venues like Kezar Stadium and Soldier Field. Complete listing on our website.
August 16 vs. New York Yankees/Dodgers issued at Baltimore’s Babe Ruth Stadium (a name for Memorial Stadium for a brief period following the 1948 passing of the Baltimore native), this 20-page pre-season guide presents (VG) with a vertical compacting fold and detached (but present) center page.
August 28 vs. San Francisco 49ers issued at Kezar Stadium from the AAFC clubs’ final opening day, this 20-page program has crisp covers/pages though is technically lesser with two hole punchings to facilitate binder entry.
September 2 vs. Los Angeles Dons issued at the Los Angeles Coliseum, this 20-page publication features crisp covers and pages, though is technically lesser because of hole punchings to facilitate binder entry.
September 11 vs. Cleveland Browns issued at Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium, this 44-page guide presents (EX) with a gorgeous full-page black-and-white image of legendary coach Paul Brown.
September 16 vs. Chicago Hornets issued at Soldier Field, the 24-page program presents (VG-EX) with evidence of handling and wear on the covers and handwritten notations on the roster pages.
September 25 vs. Cleveland Browns issued at Memorial Stadium, the 20-page publication features black-and-white likenesses of opposing signal callers Otto Graham and Y.A. Tittle on the front cover. The program shows (GD) quality with significant wrinkling and two hole punchings to facilitate binder entry.
October 9 vs. Charlotte Clippers issued at Charlotte’s Memorial Stadium, this 16-page program hails from a bye week exhibition between the Colts and Charlotte Clippers of the disbanded Dixie League. The publication presents between (EX) and (VG-EX) with crisp covers/pages and age-induced toning on the covers.
October 16 vs. Brooklyn-New York Yankees issued at Memorial Stadium, this 20-page publication features black-and-white images of opposing backfield stars Lou Gambino and Mickey Colmer. The item presents nicely but is technically lesser with handwritten score notations on the front cover and two hole punchings to facilitate binder entry.
October 23 vs. Chicago Hornets issued at Memorial Stadium, the 20-page guide features black-and-white cover portrayals of opposing backfield principals Billy Stone and Ray Ramsey. The item presents (VG) with edge wear and separation about the spine.
November 6 vs. San Francisco 49ers issued at Memorial Stadium, the 20-page program features black-and-white cover depictions of opponents Harry Jagade and Frankie Albert. The guide is technically (FR) with handwritten notations throughout and a clipped portion of an interior page.
November 20 vs. Los Angeles Dons issued at Memorial Stadium, this 20-page guide features cover images of opposing stars Bob Nowaskey and Glenn Dobbs. While cover and pages remain crisp, the guide has handwritten notations (including the final score on the front cover) and two hole punchings to facilitate binder entry.
November 27 vs. Buffalo Bills issued at Memorial Stadium, this 20-page guide presents quite nicely but is technically (VG) with notations on the interior pages and a handwritten name on the front cover, which also has black-and-white photographs of opposing players Johnny North and Rex Bumgardner.