Name: Mike Michalske
Pro Career: 1926 – 1937
Team Affiliation(s): Green Bay Packers; New York Yankees
College: Penn State
Induction Class: 1964
Brief Bio: An innovator in a tough position, Mike Michalske became the first guard to be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Considered one of the toughest positions in the 1920s and 30s, Michalske’s jobs as guard included taking on the biggest opposing linemen head-on, stopping the running game, and getting around the line to break up the passing game. Despite his tough position, Michalske became known as “Iron Mike” due to his true 60-minute workhorse demeanor and the fact that he never got injured or missed a play in his entire career. Anchoring the line, Michalske helped the Packers win championships in 1929, 1930, and 1931, while earning himself All-NFL honors in 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1934, and 1935.
Career Stats: 122 games played; 1 safety; 1 interception TD; 1 fumble recovery TD
Featured Card: 1975 Fleer Hall of Fame #56. Playing a position that rarely receives popular recognition and in an era before mass produced football card sets, we look to this HOF focused set from 1975 for a Michalske card. Trivial Beckett value is $0.75. Most base cards of Michalske listed on eBay carry a $2-$5 price tag while autographed cards (like the one pictured) run in the $80-$125 range. Similar to any HOF autographed card, do some research before you purchase. A PSA or other authentication is a plus. Also, look at online images of the player’s autograph and then see if the autograph on the card you wish to buy looks similar. If something just doesn’t look right, it’s probably better to walk away than risk spending >$100 for a forged autograph.
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