HOF Spotlight: Steve Owen

Name: Steve Owen
Position: Coach, Tackle
Pro Career: 1924-1953
Team Affiliation(s): Kansas City Cowboys, Cleveland Bulldogs, New York Giants
College: Phillips University
Induction Class: 1966, posthumously

Brief Bio: A great innovator, especially on defense, Steve Owen was one of the most successful player/coaches in the early history of the NFL. Under Owen’s leadership, the New York Giants played in 8 of the first 14 NFL championships, winning it all in 1934 and 1938. In all, Owens coached the Giants for 24 years from 1930-1953, the first 3 as a player/coach, and amassed a 155-108-17 record. As a player, Owens was known as a defensive specialist with a knack for shutting down opposing offenses. In 1927, he was captain for a Giants team that allowed just 20 points all season en route to the NFL title.

Career Stats: 97 games played; 155-108-17 coaching record

Featured Card: 1952 Bowman #4. Owens was nearly at the end of his coaching career by the time he had a rookie card, and by then he was already well established as a defensive mastermind. Trivial Beckett value is $60. A quick search on eBay shows prices that range from $16.99 shipped to a ridiculous $1,799.99 (free shipping!), with no glaring difference between the small and large variants (although there may be a slight edge for the large cards commanding a slightly higher price. That $1,799.99 card is a PSA 9 Mint, but in my opinion, that is still way overpriced. But I cannot tell you what is a right price (and no one else should either), only you can decide how much you are willing to pay for any given card. Just choose wisely…

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