Bronko Nagurski - 1935 National Chicle

This is the most valuable football card in the hobby. Bronko Nagurski, owner of one of the truly classic names in sports, was one of the charter members of the NFL Hall of Fame in 1963 and a force to be reckoned with on the field. Nagurski didn't use deception or trickery to avoid defenders, he simply ran over them. Steve Owen, of the New York Giants, once said of Bronko, The only way to stop Nagurski is to shoot him before he leaves the dressing room. Ernie Nevers, a Hall of Famer himself added, Tackling Bronko is like tackling a freight train going downhill. The image on this card shows Nagurski charging like a bull during a time when players wore very little padding. It's not often that you feel sorry for the guy doing the tackling but, in this case, bringing down Nagurski must have been a dangerous job. As a member of the Chicago Bears (1930-1937), he helped lead his team to several division titles and two NFL championships. He also excelled as a defensive lineman during an era where players were accustomed to playing both sides of the ball. In 1993, the Football Writers Association of America created the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, which is awarded to the best defensive player in college football. As part of the tough high-number run in a terribly difficult set, this card remains the symbol of gridiron cardboard.

Bronislau “Bronko” Nagurski (November 3, 1908 - January 7, 1990) (FB) played nine years in the National Football League and what one of the most impactful players in league history until he hung up the cleats to become a professional wrestler in 1938. The subject of folklore and legend, Bronko starred for the University of Minnesota as a fullback on offense, running through or over would-be tacklers and played tackle on defense, delivering bone-crushing hits. In 1929, he played five positions against the Iowa Hawkeyes – end, tackle, guard, halfback and fullback. He was voted and All-American at the tackle position in 1929 and he led the Golden Gophers to an 18-4-2 record in his college career. Nagurski joined the Chicago Bears in 1930 and played his entire NFL career in The Windy City (1930-1937, 1943). George Halas and the Bears utilized the superstar player at every turn, using him in the backfield, one the offensive and defensive lines and at the quarterback position. Nagurski ran for 2,778 rushing yards scoring 25 touchdowns and threw for another 474 yards and seven touchdowns. One of his most famous touchdown passes came in the 1932 League Championship game, when he threw a jump pass to fellow Hall of Famer Red Grange for a touchdown that completed the Bears championship run. He helped the Bears win a second consecutive title in 1933. Bronko was a four-time All-Pro First Team selection. While he wowed fans on the gridiron and eventually retiring in 1937, he also enjoyed a second career as a professional wrestler winning the NWA World heavyweight title three times. In 1943, as players enlisted in the service during World War II thereby depleting the NFL, Bronko returned to the Bears and led them to another NFL Championship, before retiring permanently at year’s end. Bronko Nagurski was a charter inductee in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1963 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951. In 1993, the Bronko Nagurski Award was created to honor the pest defensive player in college football.



Condition Census (Explain)

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MINT 9
2 NM-MT+ 8.5
3 NM-MT 8
3 NM-MT 8
3 NM-MT 8
3 NM-MT 8
3 NM-MT 8
3 NM-MT 8
4 NM 7 (17)

AUCTION PRICES REALIZED

Date Price Grade Lot # Auction House Auction/Seller Type Cert
12/15/2006 $58,417 8 14 Memory Lane, Inc. Holy Grail Auction Auction 12219596
07/08/2008 $66,354 8 230 SCP Auctions SCP Auctions July 2008 Internet Auction Auction 12219596
05/06/2006 $8,963 7 19278 Heritage Auctions 2006 May (HSC) Signature Auction May 6, 2006 Auction 31495980
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05/05/2007 $10,158 7 19863 Heritage Auctions 2007 May Sports Collectibles Signature Auction May 5, 2007 Auction 06359777
02/06/2010 $24,541 7 4 Memory Lane, Inc. The Big Game Football Only Auction Auction 31495980
05/12/2013 $23,148 7 36 Memory Lane, Inc. THE SPRING BREAK AUCTION 2013 Auction 20931438
11/19/2016 $38,240 7 51605 Heritage Auctions 2016 November 17 - 19 Sports Collectibles Catalo... Nov 19, 2016 Auction 06359777
09/16/2007 $10,144 6 837 Memory Lane, Inc. High Grade Card Auction and a Few Surprises Auction 40079718
05/16/2015 $11,950 6 81809 Heritage Auctions 2015 May 14 - 16 Sports Collectibles Catalog Auc... May 16, 2015 Auction 23909818
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12/14/2015 $10,936 6 16 Goodwin and Co. Auctions Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons LVIII Auction 40079718
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01/01/2011 $7,050 5 1498 Robert Edward Auctions 2011 Auction Auction 30499740
11/07/2015 $9,560 5 12103 Heritage Auctions 2015 November 5 - 7 Sports Collectibles Catalog ... Nov 7, 2015 Auction 06075986
10/07/2009 $4,433 4 1596 Mile High Card Company October 2009 Auction Auction 14647852
09/26/2014 $3,912 4 (MK) 280 Goodwin and Co. Auctions Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons LVII Auction 07132111
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01/01/2008 $2,233 2 1540 Robert Edward Auctions 2008 Auction Auction 04773986
12/04/2014 $4,264 2 425 Mile High Card Company December 2014 Auction 15637369
05/06/2017 $4,446 2 1041 Memory Lane, Inc. Spring 2017 Holy Grail Rarities Auction Auction 14810459
05/06/2018 $5,400 2 2251 Robert Edward Auctions 2018 Spring Auction 14810459
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05/10/2015 $1,022 1 726 Memory Lane, Inc. Spring Break 2015 Auction Auction 23830665
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04/05/2009 $3,466 Auth 665 Memory Lane, Inc. Historical Classic Rarities Auction Auction 14110085
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