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Elmer Layden Signed 1943 Letter on NFL Stationery

Lot Number 491

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The offered correspondence is a gridiron rarity on several fronts. First and foremost, the piece is decorated with a gorgeous signature of former NFL Commissioner Elmer Layden (d.1973). Additionally, the letter is composed on vintage NFL letterhead and has content regarding the fifth and final installment of the NFL All-Stars vs. League Champion exhibitions. Specifically, the typewritten letter is dated "January 14, 1943" and addressed to former Washington Redskins running back Dick Poillon. In summary, Layden conveys gratitude for Poillon's efforts in the game (which, incidentally, was won by the All-Stars, 17-14 at Philadelphia's Shibe Park on December 27, 1942). At the conclusion, Layden's black ink fountain pen endorsement projects ("9") quality. The sheet has normal compacting folds and (2) unobtrusive creases. The original mailing envelope (addressed to Poillon's Long Island residence) accompanies. Full photo LOA from James Spence Authentications.

The typewritten content of the letter reads (in full):

Dear Dick:
The United Seamenís Service will realize a substantial amount of money, due to your efforts in the National League All Stars vs. Champions Washington Redskins Game.

I am fully aware of the time and trouble necessary for you in contributing to this extremely worthy cause. You certainly played a great game, and everyone who witnessed it went away feeling they had seen one of the best games of the year. The National League is certainly grateful to you for your contribution, and I sincerely appreciate your cooperation.

With best wishes for health, happiness, and success throughout the New Year, I am

Yours Sincerely,


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