With extensive recruiting and innovative mentoring from Paul Brown, the Cleveland Browns reported to the NFL in 1950 and wasted no time. Part of the AAFC (All-American Football Conference) merger, the Browns authored a 10-2 mark en route to the league title. The offered (5) sheets have been autographed by (37) members of that championship squad. Executed on blank pages from what was likely an autograph binder, the blue ink signatures average ("8") strength and clarity. Includes:
Sheet #1 Bert Bell (Commissioner, d.1959), Bill Boedeker (was dealt to the Philadelphia Eagles just before the start of the 1950 season), Paul Brown (coach, d.1991), Abe Gibron (d.1997), Ken Gorgal, Lou Groza (d.2000), Mac Speedie (d.1993) and Bill Willis (d.2007).
Reverse of Sheet #1 cut signatures (pencil, average “5-6”) adhered to the reverse of the sheet with vintage transparent tape. Includes: Ray Boone (d.2004), Jim Hegan (d.1984), Bob Lemon (d.2000), Dick Rozek (d.2001) and Thurman Tucker (d.1993).
Sheet #2 Alex Agase (d.2007), Jim Duncan (drafted by the Browns in the 1950 draft and subsequently dealt to the Giants), Frank Gatski (d.2005), Chubby Grigg, Hal Herring, Dom Moselle, Derrell Palmer (d.2009), John Sandusky (d.2006), George Young and one unidentified signature.
Sheet #3 Rex Bumgardner, Ken Carpenter, Emerson Cole, Len Ford (d.1972), Lin Houston (d.1995), Weldon Humble (d.1998), Tommy James (d.2007), Dub Jones, Warren Lahr (d.1969), Cliff Lewis, Don Phelps and (2) unidentified signatures.
Reverse of Sheet #3 Tony Adamle (d.2000), George Connor (d.2003, member of Chicago Bears), Dante Lavelli (d.2009), Curly Morrison (member of Chicago Bears) and Tommy Thompson.
Sheet #4 Lou Rymkus (d.1998)
Reverse of Sheet #4 Marion Motley (d.1999)
Sheet #5 Otto Graham (d.2003).
Full photo LOA from James Spence Authentications.