The brainchild of former Chicago Tribune sports editor Arch Ward, the “College Football All-Star Classic” annually pitted the nation’s best college players against the NFL champions. Of 42 installments between 1934 and 1976, the NFL teams prevailed 31 times, lost four and tied twice. Contributing to the run of “professional” dominance, the Baltimore Colts won all three of their contests. These publications and tickets were issued for those three Colts appearances. Includes:
1959 issued at Chicago’s Soldier Field for the August 14 tilt, a 168-page program features photos and comprehensive text detailing the current combatants and history of the event. With covers and all pages intact, this incredibly well-kept publication presents minimally at the (EX-MT) plateau. Of note are several pages of strategy notes, including some on Hotel Windermere stationery. This speaks volumes regarding the fact that the players did not treat this as a mere exhibition. Also included is a full ticket (with hole punchings likely administered upon admission) and ticket stub.
1960 issued at Chicago’s Soldier Field for the August 12 contest, a 192-page program features photos and event details and shows impeccable preservation, presenting at the (NM) plateau. Also included is a full ticket, ticket stub and press pass.
1971 includes a Soldier Field press pass and pass to the All-Stars dressing room.