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In 1922 Walter Lingo of LaRue, Ohio hired the immortal Jim Thorpe to coach a football team with the primary purpose of promoting Lingo's Airedale Terrier kennel in LaRue. The Oorang Indians franchise lasted only two years (1922-1923); but to this day and probably forever LaRue is the smallest city ever to be represented in the NFL.

The Indians played the Columbus Panhandles, another legendary early professional franchise, on November 30, 1922. Led by Frank Nesser, the Panhandles were in there final season as a NFL franchise. Oorang was victorious that day 18-6 with Pete Calac scoring two touchdowns and Joe Guyon scoring a third for the Indians.

Lingo was a noted marketing genius and heavily promoted his dogs and the sponsored football team. Prior to the game versus Columbus Lingo had postcards sent to newspapers with the likely hope of increasing interest in his team. The postcard offered is one of a few examples known to exist. It was sent to the editor of the Canton Daily Sun in Canton, Ohio. The postcard measures approximately 3 1/8" x 5 1/2" and has two creases. Both Thorpe's and Lingo's name are included as part of the printing.

Quite possibly one of the most significant early NFL pieces ever offered for auction.

1922 Oorang Indians NFL postcard Jim Thorpe1922 Oorang Indians NFL postcard Jim Thorpe
1922 Oorang Indians NFL postcard Jim Thorpe
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Minimum Bid: $500.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $717.00
Number Bids: 3
Auction closed on Sunday, March 20, 2016.

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