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September 13, 1931 Green Bay Packers-Cleveland Indians NFL Program Issued at City Field

Lot Number 617

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Pre-dating any postseason battles, the Green Bay Packers garnered first-place laurels in 1929, 1930 and 1931. This vintage program was issued at Green Bay’s City Field for the 1931 season opener against the short-lived Cleveland Indians franchise. The 20-page guide features black-and-white portrayals/bios of (32) Packers staples, including Hall of Famers Herber, Hubbard, Lambeau and McNally (listed as “Johnny Blood”). Covers and pages remain intact. More on our website.

Of note is the opponent’s billing as the Cleveland “Bulldogs,” which was the moniker for two of the city’s prior and ill-fated franchises. The “Bulldogs” roster (page 10) lists players matching those found on the “Cleveland Indians,” suggesting that the team went by both nicknames. No matter, however, as the franchise was awarded only two home games and folded following the 1931 season.
As for condition, while covers and pages remain intact, the front cover and roster pages have several handwritten notations (in pencil). The back cover, meanwhile, is affected by a series of edge fissures and shows wear/separation along the spine.

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