21. August 2012 · Comments Off on eBay Watch: 1902 Usher’s Ribbon · Categories: 2011 · Tags: , , , ,

1902 usher

So you don’t see many authentic items on eBay that fall inside the Yost Point-A-Minute era from 1901 to 1905.   There’s one up now.

Left you’ll find a Usher’s ribbon for the Thanksgiving day game held on November 27, 1902.  It’s the last game played between the Gophers and Wolverines that didn’t involve a certain water crock.  It wasn’t until the following year, 1903, that the Little Brown Jug was purchased in Minneapolis, left behind after the game and reclaimed by Michigan in 1909…and the rest is college football history. 

Looking at the Usher’s ribbon, it looks to be authentic, although I’m not suggesting that someone would have the stones to forge such a thing, but you never know. 

Having written on this stuff for a while now when I first spotted the ribbon I knew I’d seen that font style before.  Sure enough, on this vintage MVictors post from 2006, you clearly see the athletic department favored that print type on official materials including this 1901 season athletic pass that I’ve give my right pinky to have on my wall.

The usher who donned this silk ribbon watched Michigan take down the Gophers 23-6 in the ‘02 season finale.  Yost and crew once again ran the table finishing the season a perfect 11-0, outscoring opponents 644-12 to claim the national championship–although the New York Times seemed to favor Yale and everyone/anyone else on the east coast. 

Want to own this beauty?  Current bid is at $49.99 and it ends in 5 days. 

1900 – Elephants at Michigan & Trumbull
1902 – Rah-Rah-Rah Rose Bowl Rout
1902 – Some Vintage Rose Bowl Cheer

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