Name: Don Hutson
Pro Career: 1935 – 1945
Team Affiliation(s): Green Bay Packers
Induction Class: 1963 – Charter Member
Brief Bio: If one man should be credited with inventing the modern pass receiving methodology, that man would be Don Hutson. A lean Hutson’s NFL success was heavily doubted by critics at the time; however, he soon became a presence on the field that completely altered defensive schemes. Hutson created the Z-out, buttonhook, hook-and-go, and numerous other moves and fakes that are now commonplace amongst NFL receivers. He led the NFL in receptions 8 of his 11 seasons, was the scoring champ in five straight seasons, and was named the league’s MVP twice in 1941 and 1942. A consummate 60-minute man, Hutson was also a premiere safety and place kicker. At the time of his retirement, Hutson held 18 major NFL records, including 99 receiving touchdowns and 488 career receptions.
Career Stats: 116 games played; 488 receptions; 7,991 receiving yards; 99 receiving TDs; 30 interceptions (all in the final six years of his career); 1 INT TD; 811 points (103 TDs, 7 FGs, and 172 PATs)
Featured Card: 1955 Topps All American #97. Once again we have a classic example of a great player who retired before football cards really caught on, so we must look to the infamous 1955 Topps All American set to find what many collectors deem to be Hutson’s rookie card. Trivial Beckett value is $225, but you can easily find one on eBay for $150 or less. At the time I did my research, one was listed with a Buy It Now price of $1,799.99. Granted, this card was graded PSA 8+, but I also have a feeling the seller is a bit misguided in his asking price. As always, be sure to check the seller’s history and use the “gut test” before buying a vintage card like this.
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