Love of the Game February 2, 2013 Auction
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The 1935 National Chicle football set is undoubtedly one of the most popular and certainly one of the most important football sets ever manufactured.  The set contains some of the game's biggest names, and includes the first card of virtually every key subject in the set.  The set's colorful art deco design was typical of the day's contemporary art, and the popular design was repeated by National Chicle in their "Diamond Stars" baseball set of 1934-36 as well as their Sky Birds cards of 1933.  

What makes the 1935 National Chicle football set so important, however, is the inclusion of the card we present here: the first card of Hall of Famer Bronko Nagurski.  

The 1935 National Chicle Bronko Nagurski has been widely established as the most valuable and important football card in the hobby.  Clearly the key to this set, the card achieved this notoriety because it is the first card of the well known Hall of Famer and famous pro wrestler, as well as because it comes from the set's ultra scarce high number series.  There is no question 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.  Indeed, sales of the Nagurski have shown no signs of slowing down since: an example graded NMT 7 by PSA sold for a record price of $24,780 in Love of the Game's inaugural auction in the fall of 2011 - just a few short months ago.

Presented here is a very strong mid-grade example, likely one of the nicest EX condition Nagurskis you will ever see.  Boasting bold, vivid color and large, wide borders, this Nagurski also features stronger centering than most - a good number of Nagurskis have issues with L-R centering, but this one is much, much stronger than what is commonly seen.  The strong centering and clean surface are marred only slightly by square but softer corners that keep this card out of a much higher holder.  

A 1935 National Chicle Bronko Nagurski is not only the hobby's most important football card, it is an iconic card that transcends the football hobby altogether, taking its place among the most iconic cards in any sport.  One of the most difficult to obtain football cards, mid and high-grade Nagurskis do not frequently change hands; they are very scarce and desirable and the hobby's best examples are locked up in elite collections.  Rarely does an example this nice make itself available to the hobby.

A seldom-encountered higher-grade example of the most important and highly sought-after football card in the hobby, this is an outstanding way to complete a 1935 National Chicle football set, build a cornerstone to a high-quality Hall of Fame rookies collection, or simply obtain one of the most important sports cards this great hobby has to offer.

Population Data
PSA Population: 130 total graded, 20 at this level, 36 higher
SGC Population: 35 total graded, 2 at this level, 7 higher
1935 National Chicle #34 Bronko Nagurski (HOF RC) - PSA EX 51935 National Chicle #34 Bronko Nagurski (HOF RC) - PSA EX 5
1935 National Chicle #34 Bronko Nagurski (HOF RC) - PSA EX 5
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Minimum Bid: $2,000
Final prices include buyers premium.: $6,490
Number Bids: 11
Auction closed on Sunday, February 3, 2013.
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