(Canton, OH) - Guests to the Pro Football Hall of Fame can now experience the rarest, highest graded and most valuable football card collection in the world.
The Hunt/Casterline Pro Football Hall of Fame Card Collection opened this week for visitors to enjoy and marvel at this one-of-a-kind exhibit. Robert Casterline, who along with his business partners Dan Hunt, son of Hall of Famer Lamar Hunt, built the collection over the past several years. On Tuesday, he saw the exhibit for the first time and it left him speechless.
“I was just anxious to start seeing everything and how they were put together,” said Casterline. “Looking at the cards and the way they are displayed here is completely different than the way they were displayed at my home. To see them in a museum setting it’s completely different and it’s all put together in a perfect marriage and it’s a pretty special feeling.
I think this is the perfect setting for a collection of this magnitude,” Casterline continued. This collection was a labor of love, Dan and I said that both from the beginning. But our ultimate goal was to display them and showcase them to fans forever.”
“This collection is going to grow,” further explained Casterline. “Every year there is going to be new Hall of Fame players. The thing that is organic about this collection, it can grow for the next 500, 5000 years. Hopefully my children will take up the cause.”
Whether you’re a child that grew up in the 1950s or ‘80s, collecting cards is a rite of passage. With those experiences, little did children know they were actually collecting a piece of fine art of American history. Now in pristine condition, families can experience the preserved history of the heroes that have built this great game of football through the Hunt/Casterline Pro Football Hall of Fame Card Collection.
“We weren’t doing this to chase a market,” pointed out Casterline. “We were doing this for the fans, the kids and the Hall of Fame. We’re really thrilled that it is here and that the fans can enjoy the collection.”
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.