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.