Bid on Signed Program Cover #303
Thanks to the generosity of HuskerPedia.com, the final four 2009 historic program covers from 1962 are being auctioned off on Huskers.com to commemorate NCAA consecutive sellout game Nos. 301 (Texas Tech), 302 (Iowa State), 303 (Oklahoma) and 304 (Kansas State). NU's win over Oklahoma turned Nebraska's 2009 season around and the victory over K-State clinched the Huskers' fifth appearance in a Big 12 championship game Dec. 5 against Texas at Cowboys Stadium.
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 begin at $100. 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. Huskers.com recently auctioned sellout covers Nos. 298-300.
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.
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 home sellout cover No. 301 (Texas Tech) will end at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8.
The auction for home sellout cover No. 302 (Iowa State) will end at 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8.
The auction for home sellout cover No. 303 (Oklahoma) will end at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8.
The auction for home sellout cover No. 304 (Kansas State) will end at 2:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8.
** 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.