The Dog Ate My Homework

Buyers of vintage football programs should always carefully take condition into account when assessing the value of a program. In today’s post we look at some programs in less than ideal condition.

Look closely at this Harvard v. Yale program which apparently had a rodent chew through more than half the program on the lower right, although “chunk torn out of the lower right edge that penetrates over halfway into the program” sounds better, don’t you think?

On first blush this rare Harvard v. Yale 1879 program doesn’t look so bad. Until you flip it and see the scorch marks!

“Dark marks are scorch marks from having been exposed to a house fire at one point.”

While programs in such poor condition generally don’t fetch a lot of money, the 1879 Harvard v. Yale program is such a rare bird that it sold for almost $1,500 even with its scorch marks. Like real estate the value of old football programs is based on condition, condition and condition at the end of the day, but true scarcity also matters.

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