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Naismith's Phog Allen Portrait Print - 1936


This 1930's Forrest "Phog" Allen Signed Portrait belonged to James Naismith. The fine printed portrait from Naismith's successor as coach at the University of Kansas (and fellow Hall of Famer) is inscribed to the founder of basketball. It reads, "To my sincere friend, Dr. James Naismith, The man who made you happy and strong thru play, Sincerely Yours, Forrest C. Allen." The print measures 8.5" wide x 11" tall. It is an incredibly significant basketball artifact showing the connection between one of the great coaches of all time and the inventor of basketball. It was purchased from Heritage Auctions on December 8, 2006 and came with a Letter of Authenticity. This is also an Ed Elbel print as was the one of Naismith. However, I have not seen any other Phog Allen examples. I am sure they do exist, but I just haven't seen any others. In my opinion, Phog Allen has the finest signature I've ever seen.



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