The 1935 National Chicle football set is undoubtedly one of the most popular and certainly one of the most important football sets ever manufactured. The set contains some of the game's biggest names and includes the first card of virtually every key subject in the set. The set"s colorful art deco design was typical of the day"s contemporary art and the popular design was repeated by National Chicle in their "Diamond Stars" baseball set of 1934-36 as well as their Sky Birds cards of 1933. What makes the 1935 National Chicle football set so important, however, is the inclusion of the card we present here: the first card of Hall of Famer Bronko Nagurski. The 1935 National Chicle Bronko Nagurski has been widely established as the most valuable and important football card in the hobby. Clearly the key to this set, the card achieved this notoriety because it is the first card of the well known Hall of Famer and famous pro wrestler as well as because it comes from the set's ultra scarce high number series. There is no question that this is the most important and highly sought-after football card in existence.
Presented here is a very strong collector-grade example, likely one of the finest examples at the GOOD 2 level. Extremely well-centered, the card boasts excellent image quality with some light surface abrasions on the front of the card that result in a few small areas of paper loss, in inconsequential areas of the card image at the bottom-right, and along the left edge. Light corner rounding is evident, as is some very mild fading. A small stain graces the reverse, and a light surface wrinkle breaks the blue area of the card in the bottom-right corner, over the word "Nagurski." Despite the areas of wear, the card boasts outstanding eye appeal for the grade. A clean, collector-grade example of the hobby's most important football card.