The big bucks private sale of a high grade 1935 National Chicle Bronko Nagurski has made football card history.
Rare football cards may not get the attention of a T206 Honus Wagner or Mickey Mantle rookie, but they have their own niche of collectors willing to spend big money for what some consider to be a great sports memorabilia investment.
A 1935 National Chicle #24 Bronko Nagurski football card has sold in a private, $240,000 transaction, making it the most valuable football card in existence. The card is graded MINT 96 by Sportscard Guaranty, a sports card authenticator and grader based in Parsippany, N.J.
The Nagurski is considered to be the key card in one of the most important football card sets ever issued and the centerpiece of Bronko Nagurski collectibles as well. Often called the "Honus Wagner of football cards," the value of the 1935 Nagurski continues to escalate at an extraordinary rate, propelling the set to a position as one of the most popular vintage sets in any sport.
"Since its original sale on eBay in March of 2003 for $80,000, the Nagurski has tripled in value," noted Brian Wentz of BMW Sportscards in Madison, Wis., who facilitated the sale. "As the price of this unique gridiron collectible approaches that of only a handful of the most legendary Heisman Trophies, it incontrovertibly takes a place alongside the greatest baseball cards in existence, including the 1909 T206 Honus Wagner, the 1914 Baltimore News Babe Ruth rookie, and the Gem Mint 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle rookie."
Over the years, the Nagurski has become one of the most well-recognized
SGC-graded cards in the hobby. "It has graced our company literature and website, and to many collectors it has become a defining example of SGC’s
reputation for grading excellence," said David Forman, president. "SGC
cards have seen unprecedented prices realized during the past few years,
and the Nagurski is no exception. We take a great amount of pride in that
testimony to the SGC name."
The Nagurski now resides in the possession of an East Coast collector. It is my aspiration to assemble the finest collection of Hall of Fame Football Rookie cards in the hobby, all in the very highest grades," he said. "I believe that football is currently America’s Pastime and that rare, high-grade football cards will soon reach heights similar to their baseball card counterparts. The SGC 96 will be the cornerstone of my collection."