The brainchild of Chicago Tribune Sports Editor Arch Ward, the All-America Football Conference was a legitimate challenger to the established NFL. And though the upstart grid circuit lasted just four years, the lasting impression and success saw the merger of three franchises into the NFL. These (6) gameday programs were issued at AAFC contests. Includes:
1946 Los Angeles Dons vs. Miami Seahawks: issued at the Los Angeles Coliseum for the September 20 contest, this 16-page guide presents (VG) with covers and pages intact. This is a tough-to-find example, as the Seahawks folded after going 3-11 in their only season.
1946 San Francisco 49ers vs. Brooklyn Dodgers: issued at Kezar Stadium for the September 22 battle, this 20-page guide presents (VG-EX) with covers/pages intact.
1947 Chicago Rockets vs. New York Yankees: issued at Soldier Field for the October 24 battle. This 40-page program presents nicely but has a portion of an interior page missing, as well as a crease and vertical compacting fold on the front cover.
1949 Baltimore Colts vs. Cleveland Browns: issued at Memorial Stadium (temporarily named “Babe Ruth Stadium” in honor of the recently passed Baltimore native) for the September 25 tilt, the 20-page guide features a marquee quarterback matchup with cover photos of Otto Graham and Y.A. Tittle. The program presents (VG) with covers/pages intact and several strips of vintage transparent tape affixed to the spine. The God-awful Colts lost to the four-time AAFC champions that day as part of a dismal 1-11 showing. Despite that, the club merged into the NFL in 1950, only to repeat its 1-11 showing and disband forever.
1949 Brooklyn Yanks vs. Cleveland Browns: the thick-stock four-page guide appears to be from an independent vendor and presents (EX) with roster listings on the interior pages. Though the Yankees played in Yankee Stadium, owner Dan Topping had transferred most of the components form the NFL’s Brooklyn Dodgers (thus, the name on the cover).
1949 Buffalo Bills vs. Chicago Hornets: issued at Buffalo’s Civic Stadium for the November 20 game (the penultimate contest for the Hornets), the 20-page publication presents (VG) with covers/pages intact and vintage transparent tape securing the spine.
Also included is a 1949 NFL program from the September 30 contest between the Polo Grounds co-tenants New York Bulldogs and New York Giants. The 20-page guide presents (VG-EX) with a light vertical compacting fold.