HOF Spotlight: Otto Graham

Name: Otto Graham
Position: Quarterback
Pro Career: 1946 – 1955
Team Affiliation(s): Cleveland Browns
College: Northwestern
Induction Class: 1965

Brief Bio: Every great team needs a great leader. For the post-WWII Cleveland Browns, a team that won league or division titles in 10 straight years, Otto Graham was that great leader. A strong tailback in college, Graham was transformed into a T-formation field general when he became the very first player signed by the legendary Paul Brown as he formed his new team. After 4 hugely successful years in the AAFC, the Browns quieted all critics when the achieved the same success in the NFL starting in 1950. In Graham’s ten-year career, the Browns played in 10 straight championship games, winning 7 of those titles, and he was named first-team all-league quarterback 9 times.

Career Stats: 126 games played; 23,584 passing yards; 174 passing TDs; 882 rushing yards; 44 rushing TDs; 7 interceptions returned for 102 yards; 1 interception TD; 1 fumble recovery TD

1950 Bowman #45

Featured Card: 1950 Bowman #45. As the quarterback for one of the era’s most successful teams, it is no wonder Graham was included in this early NFL set. He had already been playing professional pigskin for a few years, but 1950 was his rookie season in a sense as it was his (and Browns organization’s) first year in the NFL after much success in the AAFC. Trivial Beckett value of this card is $450. While most eBay prices are below $300, there is one listed at a ridiculous $1,999.99. Even for a BVG 8.5, that is far too high in my book. If you are looking to add this card to your collection, you will need to spend a pretty penny, but do so wisely. Always look out for counterfeits and disreputable sellers.

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