Bronko Nagurski 1935 National Chicle SGC 96
The Bronko Nagurski 1935 National Chicle SGC 96 card fetched $240,000 in 2006, making it the most expensive football trading card ever sold.
Said by some to be the Honus Wagner of football cards, the 1935 National Chicle #24 card was graded MINT 96 by Sportscard Guaranty (SGC).
The set is well-liked for its art deco backgrounds. This particular card depicts Nagurski in the uniform of the University of Minnesota.
Canadian Nagurski played in many positions but was best known during his time with the Chicago Bears as a fullback.
He played between 1930 and 1937, returning for one more year in 1943.
He also competed as a professional wrestler.
Nagurski was elected into the Pro Football hall of Fame in 1963.
The card was sold on eBay in March 2003 for $80,000.
It was then bought by a US collector in a private transaction facilitated by BMW Sportscards for $240,000 in July 2006.
"It is my aspiration to assemble the finest collection of hall of fame football rookie cards in the hobby, all in the very highest grades," said the new owner in an SGC press release.
"I believe that football is currently America's pastime and that rare, high-grade football cards will soon reach heights similar to their baseball card counterparts.”