Heisman Highlight: Paul Hornung

Heisman Highlight

Name: Paul Hornung
Position: Back
College: Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Class: Senior
Winning Year: 1956 – 22nd Award
Official Heisman Profile: Click Here

Interesting Notes: Hornung was a truly versatile player who excelled in rushing, passing, blocking, and tackling…was the only Heisman Trophy winner who played for a losing team…won one of the tightest Heisman races ever (he was second in first place votes and all five regions had a different winner)…went on to have a stellar professional career with the Green Bay Packers…is a member of the National High School, College Football, and Pro Football Halls of Fame…was elected to the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame in 1985.

1957 Topps #151

Featured Card: 1957 Topps #151. Paul Hornung didn’t have to wait long for his rookie card. As one of the greatest athletes in Notre Dame history, Topps made sure to include his first card in their 1957 set. As a hall of fame player in all three levels of football (high school, college, and professional), it is no wonder Hornung’s rookie card draws a premium price on the vintage market. Current Buy It Now prices on eBay range from $2.50 to $2,600 with quite a few falling into a $250-$350 range. With such a high profile player, you obviously want to cover yourself when looking to purchase this card. I would be highly leery of a $2.50 price tag (what aren’t they telling you?) and I would be just as leery of paying $2,600 just to get an SGC 88. Like I always say, look for reputable dealers only, know what is most important to you and your collection (graded vs. raw), and always follow your gut. If it doesn’t feel right, walk away. If you don’t get any alarm bells in your head, pull the trigger and enjoy adding such a great vintage rookie card to your collection.

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