1926 Los Angeles Buccaneers Early NFL Original TYPE 1 Photo

From Wikipedia -  “The Los Angeles Buccaneers were a traveling team in the National Football League during the 1926 season, ostensibly representing the city of Los Angeles, California. Like the Los Angeles Wildcats of the first American Football League, the team never actually played a league game in Los Angeles. It was operated out of Chicago with players from California colleges.

The historian Michael McCambridge has stated that the Buccaneers originally planned to play in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and became a road team only after the Coliseum Commission refused to allow pro teams to play there. However, the difficulty of transcontinental travel in the era before modern air travel must have been a major factor in the decision to base the team in the Midwest, especially considering there were numerous other stadiums large enough to accommodate an NFL team (the Rose Bowl and Wrigley Field of Los Angeles being among them) had the league desired to pursue that route. Despite being rejected by the Coliseum, the Buccaneers did play two true home games in Los Angeles, both of them exhibition games against the AFL's New York Yankees in January 1927. The Buccaneers also played two games in San Francisco, including the last game of the Buccaneers' existence, an exhibition game against the Wildcats, with the Buccaneers being shut out, 17–0, on January 23, 1927. Because of this, the NFL officially considers the team's home city to be L.A.”

Offered is an original TYPE 1 photo that measures 8x10 in size and has a matte finish.  The photo was most likely owned by one of the players or someone affiliated with the team.  The one year team actually had a respectable 6-3-1 record in the fledgling league that got its’ start in 1920. They even beat, Jim Thorpe’s Canton Bulldogs.


Players shown include Artie Sandberg (U of Minnesota), Brick Muller (who played at Cal and was a player and coach on the team.  He was First Team ALL NFL and is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame), John Thurman (All-American at Penn and 1st & 2nd Team 1926 All-NFL), Bull Finch (Whittier College), Lipscomb, Don Thompson (Redlands), Tuffy Maul (St. Mary’s College of California), Don Newmeyer (Cal and the father of famous actress, Julie Newmar), Del Hufford (Cal), Jack McArthu (St Mary’s played in the NFL from 1926-1933 for several team including the Chicago Bears, Frankford Yellow Jackets, and Providence Steam Rollers.  He became a pretty famous wrestler after his football career ended in 1934 and wrestled until 1960), Bill Gutteron (Nevada). Wear exhibited throughout, including toning, tape and tears. There are also markings on the back. The team folded after one season due in part to traveling and money concerns with being on the west coast in a largely midwestern league.


Finding original NFL photos from this early in its history are virtually unheard of!

Item: 12238

Price: $995.00
1926 Los Angeles Buccaneers Early NFL Original TYPE 1 Photo