1940 College All-Star Game

Original Chicago Tribune Color Picture

Original Chicago Tribune

On the night of August 29, 1940, a throng of 84,567 fans jammed Chicago's Soldier Field to watch the reigning NFL champion Green Bay Packers meet the players that they and over six million other fans had chosen to be College All-Americans. This All-American team won their starting positions in a nation-wide poll sponsored by The Chicago Tribune and 391 affiliated newspapers and radio stations.
Nile Kinnick, winner of the Heisman Tropy, Walter Camp Award, and Maxwell Award in 1939, polled 1,189,076 votes to lead the 1940 poll.  Green Bay won the seventh annual game beating the collegians 45-28. 
This was Nile Kinnick's LAST football game.  He said in an interview before he was chosen to be on the team that "he was appreciative of the various trophies he is receiving as football's outstanding player, but the gift I want the most of all, is a starting position in Chicago's 1940 All-Star Game." 

Original Chicago Tribune

1940 College All-Stars Autographed Football

Nile Kinnick's signature

another side

Original box it was in for over 60 years!

The pictures above show an autographed 1940 College All-Stars Football that I purchased.  This is my most prized posession.  It is not only signed by Nile Kinnick, but also by Iowa Players Dick Evans, "Buzz" Dean, and Iowa coaches Eddie Anderson, Frank Carideo, & Jim Harris.  The football has 49 different college all-Americans and 8 team personnel, including 9 future members of the College Football Hall of Fame.  Below are other items I own from that historical game!

Replica Kinnick All-Stars Jersey Framed

Replica All-Stars Game Helmet

All-star Game Program with 2 Stubs Glued on Cover

Ticket stub to game

All-stars Wire Photo

Practice Wire Photo w/ Nile & Eddie

All-Stars Practice Wire Photo

All-Stars Practice Wire Photo

Game Pennant

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