Bid on Signed Program Cover #298 from Historic Game
Thanks to the generosity of HuskerPedia.com, historic program covers from 1962 will be auctioned off on Huskers.com to commemorate each of Nebraska's seven home games this season. The games represent sellout Nos. 298 through 304 in an ongoing NCAA record of consecutive football sellouts.
The programs are glossy sheet replicas of the Nebraska-Missouri game program from Nov. 3, 1962 - the first sellout in the record streak. They are signed by 1962 captains Bill "Thunder" Thornton and Dwain Carlson. Dennis Claridge and Tom Osborne also signed the programs. Claridge was the quarterback on Bob Devaney's first Nebraska team, and Osborne was a graduate assistant on Devaney's first coaching staff.
Thornton's signature alone increases the value of each signed program. He was the first black captain in Nebraska football history and died Dec. 18, 2008, in Columbia, Mo.
Bids for the covers commemorating sellout Nos. 298 (Florida Atlantic) and 299 (Arkansas State) begin at $100. Bids for the program cover commemorating sellout No. 300 (Louisiana-Lafayette) will begin at $300. Minimum incremental bids are $10.
All program covers feature a photo of the winning 1961 homecoming display and reflect the price of official programs from 47 years ago - 25 cents.
HuskerPedia has auctioned off the same program covers in past years to commemorate sellout Nos.1 though 297. Those covers featured signatures from Thornton and Claridge.
David Max, co-founder of HuskerPedia, made the decision to donate this year's commemorative covers to the NU Athletic Department. "We wanted to help honor that 300 milestone and make this entire year a special series that went beyond what we'd done in the past," Max said.
In this special series, Huskers.com enhanced the offering by securing additional signatures from Osborne and Carlson..
Covers commemorating sellout Nos. 301-304 (Texas Tech, Iowa State, Oklahoma and Kansas State) will be auctioned on Huskers.com in the next few weeks.
Because so few covers have Thornton's signature, in the future his autograph will be included only on commemorative programs once every two years ... for sellout games when Missouri plays at Nebraska.
Each cover purchased through this auction will include a certificate of authenticity.
The auction for sellout cover No. 298 will end at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 24.
The auction for sellout cover No. 299 will end at 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 24.
The auction for milestone cover No. 300 will end at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 24.
** A $10 shipping fee will be added to the winning bid ** Funds generated from this auction will directly benefit the student-athletes within The University of Nebraska Department of Athletics.