Go ahead and rub your Billiken all you want, you still stand virtually zero chance of finding another program like this one. Offered is a 1911 college football program from St. Louis University for an 11/30/1911 game vs. the Syracuse Orangemen. Named for a demented-looking little good luck doll, the St. Louis Billikens began play in NCAA Division I Football in 1899. They quickly grew into a powerhouse with three undefeated seasons during the early 1900s, when the college game was king and pro football was still scrambling for footing in Pennsylvania and Ohio. After fifty years of collegiate play, SLU abandoned football in 1949, making just about any football game day souvenirs very tough to come by.
The offered program dates to more than a century ago and no one who saw the game in question is still around. So unless you want to go digging through St. Louis attics, farmhouses and rummage sales, you ain’t finding another one of these. Truly attractive cover to cover, this delightful program begins with a nicely expressed cover art image of a period babe waving her SLU pennant, with credit to artist W. Campbell. The front cover also names the game’s combatants, “St. Louis vs. Syracuse” and the date “Thanksgiving November 1911”. The interior is laced with player photos amid pages of local advertising, including two great team photos for 1910 and 1911 SLU squads. Showing a tight spine, nice gloss and clean, supple pages, this ancient football treasure merits a solid (EX) quality designation, despite a single fold line that has negligible impact on the cover’s captivating appearance.