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Rare Autographed Photo Four Horsemen Notre Dame PSA/DNA    Items for Sale    Sports Memorabilia    NCAA    Football    25KFM4   

WHAT A RARE FIND! Up for bid is this once in a lifetime autographed photo of all four horsemen of Notre Dame (PSA/DNA authenticated). Photograph depicts quarterback Harry Stuhldreher, left halfback Jim Crowley, right halfback Don Miller, and fullback Elmer Layden. Each photograph is signed by the corresponding player and has been independently authenticated by PSA/DNA. The listing photo has been intentionally watermarked for security purposes (there is no other existing example of this photograph available on the internet that we have found). The original photo does NOT have a watermark. As for the media that the photo was printed on, although not confirmed, is likely from either contemporary newspaper, Notre Dame publication, or periodical. The Notre Dame sports archive department quoted the following after receiving an emailed photo of the original piece;

"Yes, we believe those bleachers are behind Cartier Field (Stuhldreher and Crowley are on the field). As I mentioned before, we assume these photographs were taken during these players’ time here at Notre Dame – 1922-1924. We only have the negatives, no supporting documentation as to when and where they were taken. You would have to do more research to see if these were published anywhere to get a more firm date; although it is easy enough to print a 1922 photo in a 1924 newspaper, impossible to do the reverse. As to where they were published, it could have been anywhere – football programs, yearbook, nation-wide newspapers, magazines, and other publications – literally hundreds of sources.

I looked through our drop-file of the Four Horsemen (PATH 2-Fou-01) and found the same series of photos published in the Chicago Sunday Tribune although many newspapers nationwide could pick up the same photographs from the wire. The Chicago Tribune is available online through ProQuest Historical Newspapers ( When I search it, I find it was published on December 7, 1924, page 10. Page 8 has an article about “Cold Weather Animals in Lincoln Park,” which appears to be the text behind Crowley on your copy. H.C. Elmore was a local South Bend photographer.

As for the signatures, I’d prefer to leave that to the professionals."

Condition: This photo was originally discovered in a metal frame with matting. Subsequent examination reveals that the original photo paper stock was affixed to a hardboard backing (adhesive unknown). This adhesive may be responsible for the reverse print slightly bleeding through from the backside print (faint). The print type is likely two tone printing and does show as such when viewed at a side angle. There is a very small piece of paper missing from the print (above Layden). Matting originally covered this defect.

There is much history associated with this piece but rather than clip and paste someone else's history, we're going to assume any seriously interested buyers are already going to know much of the background on this piece. For those of you who don't, here is a link just for you:

All interested parties please feel free to contact us (815-302-8785) regarding any questions you may have about this Item. Thanks for stopping by. 
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Asking Price: $8,999.00 (Fixed) US Dollars
Quantity: 1 (Excellent condition)
Location: United States Joliet, IL [United States]
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