Been to the HOF lately?

Here’s some insider tips on some things to look for while you are there. Joe Horrigan, the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s vice president of communications/exhibits, says there’s never been a better time to visit the Hall than this — the Hall of Fame’s 50th anniversary.

Here’s some insider tips on some things to look for while you are there. Joe Horrigan, the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s vice president of communications/exhibits, says there’s never been a better time to visit the Hall than this — the Hall of Fame’s 50th anniversary.

He should know. Horrigan has been involved with the Pro Football Hall of Fame for 37 years and co-authored “The Pro Football Hall of Fame 50th Anniversary Book: Where Greatness Lives” with John Thorn.

Dare to go off the beaten path when you arrive? View Horrigan’s five most underappreciated artifacts/exhibits at the HOF:

1. The one-page accounting ledger sheet (“pro football’s birth certificate”) of the 1892 Allegheny Athletic Association indicating a $500 payment to William Heffelfinger.

2. The two-page Sept. 7, 1920, minutes of the NFL’s organizational meeting held in Canton.

3. Jim Thorpe’s 1912 Olympic blazer, the Hall’s only artifact from a sport other than football, from one of its most famous athletes.

4. Player contracts signed by Cleveland Browns Hall of Famers Marion Motley and Bill Willis in 1946, both African-Americans breaking football’s color barrier a year before Jackie Robinson in baseball.

5. President Lyndon Johnson’s pen used to sign a law that allowed the National Football League and American Football League to merge.