HOF Spotlight: Dutch Clark

Name: Earl “Dutch” Clark
Position: Quarterback
Pro Career: 1931 – 1932, 1934 – 1938
Team Affiliation(s): Portsmouth Spartans, Detroit Lions
College: Colorado College
Induction Class: 1963 – Charter Member

Brief Bio: An extremely gifted and versatile athlete, Clark excelled in passing, rushing, kicking field goals and extra points, and is considered by many to be the last of the great drop kickers. Calling the shots from his tailback position (a true quarterback role had not been established yet), Clark led the Lions to the 1935 NFL title. Dutch led the league in scoring three times in his short career and amassed 368 career points on 42 TDs, 71 PATs, and 15 FGs.

Career Stats: 75 games played; 45.6% passing completion percentage (in an era when most barely exceeded 35%); 11 passing TDs; 2,772 rushing yards; 36 rushing TDs; 71 PATs

Featured Card: 1935 National Chicle #1. Similar to Sammy Baugh, this card was produced mid-way through Clark’s professional career, yet most collectors consider this to be his rookie card. Trivial Beckett value is $600; however, only one listed on eBay exceeds this price tag. Most are listed with “Buy It Now” prices of $250-$350. As always, be sure to look for graded cards to ensure authenticity, and double check the seller’s history for possible scams before purchasing or bidding on a vintage card like this Clark rookie.

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