Earlier this year, the Pro Football Hall of Fame welcomed a collection of approximately 700 football cards. The cards, collected by Dan Hunt (son of NFL owner Lamar Hunt) and Robert Casterline. The pair’s collection contains approximately 300,000 cards in all.
These aren’t just your ordinary run of the mill cards. Many are rarities and among the cards are several key pre-war football issues.
One card in the collection is the prized N162 Goodwin Champions Harry Beecher card, recognized as the first true football card ever printed. The exhibit opened in July of this year and the cards will now make their way around the country, making various stops for the next eight years.
Casterline says their entire collection is worth approximately $10 million.
In addition to the Beecher card, the collection also boasts other pre-war cards, including a Bronko Nagurski 1935 National Chicle card, a Red Grange 1926 Shotwell Manufacturing card/photo, and an 1894 Mayo Plug set – the first recognized football set ever printed.