Ryan Glasspiegel
Tuesday October 15th, 2013


After last week's no bueno card collecting news, we've got a better story to tell. Jim Heaney, a former Olympic rower and a man who once invested $15 in a Picasso that he would later sell for $120,000, passed away this past February at the age of 86. He left behind a massive card collection, which included original Jimmie Foxx, Babe Ruth, and Lou Gehrig items. And as the items were being sorted through, card expert Kevin Heffner discovered the holy grail: 10 1935 National Chicle Bronko Nagurski cards.

Sports Collectors Daily reports on the find and explains why it was so valuable:

Nagurski (1908-90), a Hall of Fame fullback who played with the Chicago Bears (1930-37; 43), is featured on card number 24 of the heralded 1935 National Chicle set. In the highest grades, it is a six figure card.   The $240,000 paid by an East Coast collector for a Nagurski graded SGC 96 in 2006 established it as the 'holy grail' of football cards. A sale of a PSA 9 Nagurski in 2011 for $350,000 represents the highest price ever paid for a football card.  The cards being consigned weren't at that level, but what they lacked in quality, they definitely made up for in quantity.

Online bidding for the cards is taking place right now and concludes on Wednesday, October 16. [Sports Collectors Daily]

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