HOF Spotlight: George Trafton

Name: George Trafton
Position: Center
Pro Career: 1920 – 1932
Team Affiliation(s): Decatur/Chicago Staleys/Bears
College: Notre Dame
Induction Class: 1964

Brief Bio: Like many of the early members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, George Trafton pioneered a position we take for granted in modern football. In an era with loosely-defined roles, Trafton was the first true center and the first to snap the ball with one hand. A fierce competitor who was not afraid to get into an on-field scrap, Trafton was also an intimidating defender who possessed a rare combination of halfback moves and linemen size and strength. Trafton was also a pioneer in team loyalty. While most professional players regularly switched teams, often in the middle of a season, Trafton played his entire 12-year career with one franchise.

Career Stats: 149 games played

Featured Card: 2007 Playoff National Treasures All Decade Signature Cuts #GT. Completing his career even before the 1935 National Chicle set, we look to this much more modern cut signature card for a taste of Trafton. Trivial Beckett value is $300. Unautographed common cards of Trafton (from sets like Fleer Hall of Fame and Swell Greats) can be found for around $1. Trafton autographs fall in the $125-$150 range for checks, index cards, and cards. Many collectors do not like cut signature cards, so these other autographed items could prove to be a nice alternative. If you haven’t formed an opinion about cuts signature cards yet, do some research. Look at listings on eBay, read other blogs (Wax Heaven has discussed this topic quite a bit), and go to a card shop or show to see them in person. If you like them, buy them. If you don’t, avoid them. It is your collection, so you get to make that call. Isn’t that part of why card collecting is so great?

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