1930 Notre Dame Championship Signed Team Ball with Rockne 
Lot Number 457
 
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There may not be a football team on the college level with a more rich tradition and ripe history than the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The little Catholic school in South Bend, Indiana has produced eleven National Championships, seven Heisman Trophy Winners and nine eventual professional Hall of Famers. Of all the University’s accolades, the 1930 championship has special significance because it would be the last game coached by the legendary Knute Rockne before his untimely death in 1931. Presented is a Spalding J5 official leather game ball with fifteen signatures including that of the larger-than-life coach Rockne (d.1931, “4”), Future Hall of Fame coach Frank Leahy (d.1973, “4”), Frank Carideo (d.1992, “2”), Marty Brill (“2”), Marchy Schwartz (d.1991), Bert Metzger (d.1986), Tom Yarr, Captain Tom Conley (”4”), John Rogers, Bill Pierce, Joe Kurth, Roy Bailie, Jack Carberry, Al Howard and assistant coach Jack Chevigny (d.1945 WWII, “2”). The signatures grade from a quite legible (“5”) to the light (“2”), and considering the age of the ball, it is still a terrific presentation piece. The vintage Spalding football is deflated, and the interior bladder has deteriorated and is loose inside the ball. All signatures are penned in black ink, and Rockne stands out as the focal point of the signed panel. This true relic is as rare as they come and would be a special addition to any collection. Auction COA from James Spence Authentications. 
 
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