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The 1935 National Chicle football set is quite possibly the most important football set ever manufactured.  Weighing in at just 36 players, the checklist features some of the game's biggest names, first-year cards of virtually every key subject in the set, and also contains the hobby's most valuable and treasured card - this legendary #34 Bronko Nagurski.

Featuring colorful art deco artwork that was typical of the "modern" style of the day, the overall design of the 1935 football cards was in many ways identical to the National Chicle baseball set of 1934-36, and also very similar to their Sky Birds cards of 1933.  Despite being printed on heavy stock, high-grade examples are difficult to come by, particularly in the scarce high-number series.  Evidence suggests that the scarcity of the high number series is due to those cards being available only in the cities where that series' players played.  

We are thrilled to offer an outstanding selection of high-grade National Chicles, including a run of scarce high numbers and this Nagurski, in our inaugural auction.

The 1935 National Chicle Nagurski has been widely established as the most valuable and important football card in the hobby.  The card, of course, achieved this notoriety because it is the first card of a well-known Hall of Famer and famous professional wrestler, and partially because it comes from the scarce high number series of what is arguably football collecting's most important prewar card set.  There is no doubt that this is the most important and highly sought-after football card in existence.

While the Nagurski has always been an extremely valuable card, its profile increased dramatically in 2006 when an example graded MINT 96 by SGC sold for $240,000 in a highly-publicized private transaction.  That same card sold five years later for $350,000, again in a private transaction.  Sale prices of other Nagurski cards followed suit, with a NMT-MT copy nearly reaching $60,000 in 2006.  

This particular Nagurski is a strong, high-grade example, with sharp corners and excellent color and centering just a touch to the top right.  A seldom-encountered near mint copy of the most important and highly sought-after football card in the hobby, this is an outstanding way to complete a high-grade 1935 National Chicle football set or a cornerstone to a quality Hall of Fame rookies collection.

Population data:
PSA population: 130 total graded, 16 at this level, 8 higher
SGC population: 34 total graded, none at this level, 4 higher
1935 National Chicle #34 Bronko Nagurski (HOF RC) - PSA NM 71935 National Chicle #34 Bronko Nagurski (HOF RC) - PSA NM 7
1935 National Chicle #34 Bronko Nagurski (HOF RC) - PSA NM 7
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Minimum Bid: $16,000
Final prices include buyers premium.: $24,780
Number Bids: 6
Auction closed on Saturday, October 27, 2012.
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