November 29, 2018: Sports & Americana Auction
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This is a truly impressive accumulation of more than 700 cards from the popular APBA Football Game that was a staple for several generations of young fans and ultimately became a legitimate collectible with the advent of the memorabilia craze of the last 40 years. The cards are in amazing, Near-Mint to Mint or better condition, with blazing vivid red card backs and the appearance of seemingly no evidence of every having been played with. The envelopes from the 12 team sets from 1955 have light pencil notations of “1955”; a few of the envelopes – generally Ex-Mt or better - from this lot have small, unobtrusive tears on some of the flaps. The key element of this lot is a complete set of pristine APBA cards from the 1955 NFL season, with 33-card team sets from each of the NFL’s 12 teams at the time. This represents a remarkable period of the league as it approached the dramatic expansion a decade later, a time that included legendary names like Graham, Gifford, Tittle, Van Brocklin, Layne, Blanda and dozens of others. In addition, there are eight other complete team sets from legendary teams between 1956-69, adding another extraordinary listing of key figures in the NFL leading all the way to the merger with the American Football League and the early years of the Super Bowl. The final two teams in this startling array are All-Time Greats that yield cards of even more historic names like Nagurski, Sayers, Thorpe, Nevers, Butkus and Grange. Breakdown of 1955 APBA Complete Set: Chicago Bears (33), with Blanda, Atkins and George; Detroit Lions (33), with Layne, Schmidt and Walker; Los Angeles Rams (33), with Fears, Hirsch and Van Brocklin; 1955 Green Bay Packers (33), with Ringo; San Francisco 49ers (33), with Tittle, Nomellini and Perry; Baltimore Colts (33), with Berry and Ameche; Chicago Cardinals (33), with Trippi, Summerall, Matson and Lane; Cleveland Browns (33), with Graham and Groza; Washington Redskins (33), with LeBaron and Janowicz; Philadelphia Eagles (33), with Bednarik and Pihos; Pittsburgh Steelers (33), with Stautner and Butler; and New York Giants (33), with Gifford, Landry, Tunnell and Grier. Remaining Team Sets: 1956 Chicago Bears (30), with Blanda, George, and Platoon Card; 1956 New York Giants (30), with Gifford, Huff, Brown, Conerly and Platoon Card; 1957 San Francisco 49ers (30), with Tittle, Nomellini, Brodie, McElhenney and Platoon Card; 1958 Baltimore Colts (30), with Unitas, Berry, Lipscomb, Moore and Platoon Card; 1962 Green Bay Packers (30), with Starr, Hornung, Taylor, Kramer, Nitschke and Platoon Card; 1968 New York Jets (33), with Namath and Maynard; 1969 Kansas City Chiefs (33), Dawson, Buchanan and Bell; 1969 Minnesota Vikings (33), with Page, Eller, Marshall and Kapp; All-Time Greats BFT (30), with Nagurski, Sayers and Stydahar; and All-Time Greats AFT (30), with Brown, Thorpe, Nevers, Butkus and Grange.
1955 APBA Football Cards Complete Set, Plus 10 Other Teams 1956-69 (705)1955 APBA Football Cards Complete Set, Plus 10 Other Teams 1956-69 (705)
1955 APBA Football Cards Complete Set, Plus 10 Other Teams 1956-69 (705)
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Auction closed on Thursday, November 29, 2018.
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