Austin Gunsel – The RAREST NFL Commissioner autograph signed NFL football Contract

Austin Gunsel(D. 1974) is best remembered for serving as the National Football League's interim commissioner following the death of Bert Bell on October 11, 1959. Gunsel joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1939. He served as both J. Edgar Hoover's administrative assistant and as a special agent for the Bureau, and during his crime-fighting career, served in the New York, Detroit and Chicago field offices. In 1952, Gunsel was hired by the NFL to head the league's investigative department, a move made in response to commissioner Bert Bell's fear of a scandal damaging the league's image. Gunsel became league treasurer in 1956, holding the post until his retirement ten years later. In January 1960 at a meeting of NFL owners, he was the early frontrunner to retain the commissioner's job, but Los Angeles Rams general manager Pete Rozelle was ultimately elected to the post on January 26 after 23 ballots.

We offer an NFL contract for Cleveland Browns player Benjamin Robinson signed by him along with signatures from Robert C. Sarge MacKenzie (D. 1979 - the west coast scout for the Browns from 1946-76), and AC Gunsel (who was only commissioner for less than a year). Gunsel autographs are next to impossible to find as he was a blip on the NFL radar screens. This is a super rare piece!

The close up scans don't represent the actual color of the contract. The full length photograph displayed is most representative of the actual yellow color of the contract.

Item: 3387

Price: $695.00
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Austin Gunsel – The RAREST NFL Commissioner autograph signed NFL football Contract