Having fared miserably on the gridiron (3-11) and hemorrhaging financially, the Miami Seahawks were confiscated by the upstart AAFC (All America Football Conference) and purchased by a Baltimore group that formed the first incarnation of the Colts. After an auspicious start with a 1947 opening day triumph over Brooklyn, the Colts proved even more woeful than their predecessors, posting a 2-11-1 mark. From the very beginning of what turned out to be a proud tradition, these items are incredibly rare survivors from that inaugural season of professional football in Baltimore! Includes:
1947 Baltimore Colts AAFC Press Book: a thick stock folder with a “Baltimore” tab (atop the right edge so as to display first alphabetically among AAFC teams) and three hole punchings (as made) to facilitate binder storage. Stapled to the interior is a 22-page insert detailing the coaching staff, executives, schedules and player biographies. The piece and its components are incredibly well preserved with very minor cover creases and minimal spine wear.
November 23, 1947 Buffalo at Baltimore Program: issued at Memorial Stadium, the 32-page guide features local advertisements, player photos/bios and a preview of an upcoming battle with the Chicago Rockets that includes a photo of Elroy Hirsch. With covers and crisp pages completely intact, this one presents (EX-MT) and is free of any creases or compacting folds commonly found on stadium-issued programs of this era.
Also included are (4) team-issued monthly newsletters; a 1947 team-issued photo; an original wire photo (December 13, 1948 vs. Buffalo); and (4) Type I photographs.