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1935 National Chicle R311-2 Football Premium – Stan Kostka – “Touchdown Next Stop.”

Lot 409. 1935 National Chicle R311-2 Football Premium – Stan Kostka – “Touchdown Next Stop.” Vg-ex premium with small, light corner creases and light corner wear. A powerful fullback, Kostka helped the 1934 Minnesota Golden Gophers to win a national championship, and in 1935, he played for the NFL Brooklyn Dodgers. He also contributed to the establishment of the NFL draft. When the 6’ 220-pound runner became available after the 1934 college season, a bidding war erupted for his services. Kostka successfully negotiated a $5,000 contract with the Dodgers, plus a $500 signing bonus. The deal made him the highest-paid player in the league – well above what most stars in the league received. To avoid future such competition for rookies – and largely at the urging of the Philadelphia Eagles – the NFL instituted the draft for 1936. Interestingly, as the worst team in the league in 1935, the Eagles had the first selection in the 1936 draft. Kostka died in 1997. Winning Bid $92.    

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