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Exceptional program from the debut season of the Pacific Coast Professional Football League.  The PCPFL operated from 1940 through 1948, and was the first pro football league to have a team based in Hawaii.  Unlike the National Football League at the time, the PCPFL employed African American players, with the Hollywood Bears featuring Kenny Washington, Woody Strode and Kink Richards (and in 1941 briefly employed Jackie Robinson).  By 1945, as the NFL and the AAFC established teams in Los Angeles, interest in the PCPFL declined, and the league ultimately folded in 1948.

Presented here is a program from a game between the league's two flagship teams, the Hollywood Bears and Los Angeles Bulldogs.  The Bears, who lost the contest 14-13, featured Washington, Strode and Richards in the lineup.  The program is well-toned and worn, printed on heavier paper but more brittle than typical scorecard paper.  The program exhibits wear in the form of minor tears and bends around the edges, along with some minor creasing and surface wear.  A check mark is visible in grease pencil on the cover.  The interior pages feature four black and white images of Owen Hansen, John Frawley, Izzy Cantor and Don McNeil that appear to have been either decals or glued in the advertising areas on top of the pages.  Otherwise, a strong presentation, an excellent artifact from a long-forgotten league.

December 22, 1940 Hollywood Bears vs. Los Angeles Bulldogs Pacific Coast Football League Official Program w/Kenny Washington (HOF)December 22, 1940 Hollywood Bears vs. Los Angeles Bulldogs Pacific Coast Football League Official Program w/Kenny Washington (HOF)
December 22, 1940 Hollywood Bears vs. Los Angeles Bulldogs Pacific Coast Football League Official Program w/Kenny Washington (HOF)
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Final prices include buyers premium.: $180
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Auction closed on Sunday, August 25, 2019.
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