Heartland March 2020 Auction
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“No one ever taught me and I can’t teach anyone. If you can’t explain it, how can you take credit for it?” -Red Grange when asked about his running style

Red Grange single-handedly moved football to the forefront of the American consciousness. He dazzled fans with daring runs and quickly became the game’s dominant gate attraction. Grange’s greatest feat will never be topped. Imagine a runner scoring on five consecutive plays—five consecutive touches. In succession, Grange torched the Michigan defense on scoring runs of 95, 67, 56, 45 and 15 yards. Five touches, 278 yards and 30 points. To add insult to injury, four of the scores happened in a span of only twelve minutes. Because of Grange, football moved from the sandlot to the spotlight, because he attracted the attention of Grantland Rice, Damon Runyon and the other great sports writers of the day According to author John M. Carroll, “During his first eight games as a pro, Grange played before an estimated 200,000 fans, including 36,000 in his debut at Cubs Park, 35,000 in Philadelphia, and over 70,000 at the Polo Grounds in New York. Grange's presence in the Bears' lineup attracted upwards to 150,000 fans on the Bears' second tour in the South and on the Pacific Coast . . . including a crowd some sources estimated at over 70,000 at the Los Angeles Coliseum. How many of these fans or the readers who followed Grange's tours in the press became followers of pro football remains in doubt. For many casual fans Grange was more a curiosity than an advertisement for pro football. In his story on the Bears' game at the Polo Grounds during the first tour, sports writer Allison Danzig noted that "to call these 70,000 spectators football followers needs correction. There were thousands in that tremendous assemblage who probably never saw a game before, who did not have the slightest idea of what the proceedings were all about." They simply wanted to see Grange. Columnist Damon Runyon gave a similar assessment of the throng of some 70,000 who would watch Grange perform in Los Angeles. America was interested in Red Grange, but not necessarily pro football.” 

The Greatest Of All Red Grange Cards

A Mint 9 Red Grange Sport Kings card represents football at its finest. The term “pack fresh” often seems trite and overused; however, in this case, there’s truly no other description that applies. The card’s colors are vibrant and glowing. Every border displays a blinding white that explodes from the card’s outer frame. Every corner exhibits laser sharp perfection. If human hands ever touched this card, those touches were few. For a 1930s era card, a card now 87 years old, defies all logic. But logic aside, the card of football’s greatest early gate attraction could easily be the star attraction of your football collection. According the eye test, this Sport Kings Grange outshines the one currently on display in Canton. Enough said.

1933 Sport Kings Red Grange Football #4 SGC 9 MInt
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