WORLD’S RAREST & MOST VALUABLE FOOTBALL CARD COLLECTION CURRENTLY BEING SHOWCASED AT HALL OF FAME
CANTON, OHIO – Guests visiting the Pro Football Hall of Fame this summer are being treated to an extraordinarily rare glimpse at football history with the Hunt/Casterline Pro Football Hall of Fame Card Collection exhibit, which opened this July.
The Hunt/Casterline Pro Football Hall of Fame Card Collection is the highest graded and most valuable football card card collection in the world. The collection’s creators are Dan Hunt, President of FC Dallas and son of LAMAR HUNT, the founder of the American Football League and Kansas City Chiefs and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame; and Robert Casterline, Casterline Goodman Gallery, Partner.
Together, Hunt and Casterline have selected the rarest, most-valuable and most significant pieces of the 300,000-plus card collection to be displayed publicly for the first time in this one-of-a-kind exhibit. It is an unbelievable marriage of art, sports, and pop culture that dates back to 1888.
“Dan and I are excited to share with the fans one of the most important and valuable investment grade football card collections in the world,” Casterline commented.
“Each individual card or set tells a great story,” explained Hall of Fame Executive Vice President and renowned football historian Joe Horrigan. “This collection has been meticulously preserved and will evoke emotional memories from football’s past. It will reconnect football fans to their youth and bring back memories of specific players, teams and circumstances of play that may have influenced their lives. This incredible exhibit will let fans experience the ‘Super Bowl’ of football card collections.”
The “heart and soul” of the Hunt/Casterline Pro Football Hall of Fame Card Collection is the Hall of Fame Rookie Card Set by assembled Hunt and Casterline. A rookie card is not necessarily indicative of the player’s first year, but more specifically the first card issued with his likeness. Hunt and Casterline built an amazing assemblage of these rookie cards that includes the highest graded card available for each member of the Hall of Fame. No other rookie set this highly graded of the finest players of all time exists, and likely never will.
Most in the collector industry consider the 1965 JOE NAMATH rookie card as the single-most-valuable. Only four Namath rookie cards have ever been graded MINT 9 by Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA). The Hunt/Casterline Pro Football Hall of Fame Card Collection not only includes one of the four Namath PSA graded 9 cards, it also includes seven others graded 8.
The history and development of football cards can be traced back to Henry (Harry) Beecher, the captain of the Yale football team, who in 1888 became the first football player depicted on a trading card. One of these rarest of rare cards will displayed in the exhibit along with several other one-of-kind cards from the 1880s and 1890s.
The exhibition, which opened in mid-July, is featured in the Hall’s temporary exhibit gallery located adjacent to the museum’s grand entrance lobby and is included in the Museum admission fee.
The exhibit features countless noteworthy individual cards and complete sets from every era of the game. Featured sets include the 1894 Mayo’s Cut Plug set, the first to focus solely on football players. Also included is the 36-card 1935 National Chicle Football Set, considered to be the “Holy Grail” of football sets, and the 1957 Topps Card Set that includes a “who’s who” of future Hall of Famers.
Supplementing this remarkable exhibition of football’s cardboard connections are a number of pieces from the Hall of Fame’s collection of ephemera, photos, and even a few pieces of game-used artifacts. The exhibit is designed to engage and appeal to audiences from the casual observer to experienced collectors. It provides a look into the world of card collecting and how it has inspired, entertained and provided lasting memories to generations young and old. It tells the story of how small paper portraits of sports figures originally created by tobacco companies promoting their products, has grown into an industry of dedicated hobbyists, sports collectors and enthusiasts as well as investors and speculators.
The Hunt/Casterline Pro Football Hall of Fame Card Collection exhibit is one of two major new exhibits that were unveiled at the Hall of Fame this summer. “A Game for Life” immersive holographic theater also opened in mid-July. It is the next generation of experiential entertainment that literally places fans into a themed locker room. The cutting-edge multi-sensory locker room theater provides a full range of emotions for fans who are immersed into a setting typically reserved just for Hall of Famers.
Holographic versions of JOE NAMATH, GEORGE HALAS and VINCE LOMBARDI engage through a “magical chalkboard” with several Hall of Fame legends – ALAN PAGE, JIM KELLY, JIM BROWN, CURTIS MARTIN, STEVE LARGENT and others – to share the inspiring lessons learned from the Game that are, in reality, lessons for life.
More information about the Hunt/Casterline Pro Football Hall of Fame Card Collection can be found on the Hall’s website at: www.ProFootballHOF.com/card-collection.
Hall of Fame Executive Vice President Joe Horrigan talks about the Hunt/Casterline Pro Football Hall of Fame Card Collection:
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Located in Canton, Ohio, the birthplace of the National Football League, the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Mission is to Honor the Heroes of the Game, Preserve its History, Promote its Values, & Celebrate Excellence EVERYWHERE.
Hundreds of thousands of fans from across the globe travel to Canton annually to experience the exciting museum that chronicles America’s most popular sport. Millions more are reached through the Hall of Fame’s 100-plus special events held annually outside Canton and through the multiple nationally broadcast programs focused on the selection of the newest Class of Enshrinees – Edward J. DeBartolo, Jr., Tony Dungy, Brett Favre, Kevin Greene, Marvin Harrison, Orlando Pace, Ken Stabler and Dick Stanfel – and the Enshrinement Weekend (Aug. 4-7, 2016). Now in its fourth year of traveling, Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame is a largescale traveling exhibition that presents a panoramic view of pro football’s story and includes hundreds of artifacts from the Hall’s expansive collection. Gridiron Glory will be showcased at Virginia Historical Society from May 28-Sept. 4, 2016. From there it will travel to the Minnesota History Center Museum in Minneapolis/St. Paul and for threemonth stays at various museums and cultural institutions through 2019. Enshrinees from the Class of 2016 along with numerous other Hall of Fame members will receive the spectacular Hall of Fame Ring of Excellence by Kay® Jewelers during ceremonies held in NFL stadiums during the 2016 NFL regular season. The Hometown Hall of Famer™ program presented by Ford honors Hall of Fame heroes with a program and permanent plaque to honor the Hall of Famer’s hometown support. Now in its 4th year, the US Army-Pro Football Hall of Fame Award for Excellence honors 20 high school students nationally for excellence in community service, academics and athletics. Construction on HOF Village, a $476 million development project, is under way in Canton to transform the Hall of Fame’s campus.