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"Stars-on-Stripes" was a company that manufactured a football board game and, by inconclusive explanation, also published this medium. It provides a season schedule for the 1941 Pittsburgh Steelers along with photos of the franchise's three principals—Team President Arthur J. Rooney, Head Coach Bert Bell, and Assistant Coach Walt Kiesling (whose name is misspelled "Keisling" on the sheet.) Since their entry in the NFL, the Pittsburgh team was known as the Pirates. Possibly due to legal entanglements, or perhaps because the gridiron Pirates hadn't fared well in the standings, owner Rooney adopted the name "Steelers" for the onset of the '41 season. A year earlier, Rooney had extended an offer to Bell to gain part ownership of the team and the post as head coach. Meanwhile, the very capable Kiesling aspired not to be a head coach, but rather preferred the next subordinate position. And so, it was in this framework that "Stars-on-Stripes" prepared this medium, which now holds autographs of the three worthy Hall of Famers. It's a blank-backed sheet now measuring 8-1/2" x 9-1/4" and, doubtless, it once extended further to include autographs of the Steelers' players. Little is lost by this omission though, as the Steelers finished the 1941 schedule with a 1-9-1 record on the strength of a roster entirely composed of forgettable obscurity; indeed the fame of the franchise rested with the executives. All three signatures were inked in fountain pen, and all sharply project at a strength of "10" (with Kiesling scripting his full name—"Walter Kiesling"). Football Hall of Fame autograph collectors will note that Kiesling's signature is extremely rare and still appears on most advanced hobbyists wantlists. LOA from Steve Grad/PSA DNA and LOA from James Spence Authentication.
Art Rooney, Bert Bell and Walt Kiesling Rare Pittsburgh Steelers Signed Flier
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