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Clyde Douglas "Bulldog" Turner was the Chicago Bears first pick of the 1940 NFL Draft, and he would quickly become an integral component of the Bears dynasty that would dominate professional football in the 1940s, arguably the first beast in the Bears' long lineage of dominant linebacking. He was a versatile player and a true 60-minute man, a six-time All Pro center and a nimble linebacker with halfback speed despite his large size for the time period (6'2, 235). Fellow Bears teammate and Hall of Famer George Connor once said, "Bulldog Turner was the best football player and smartest player I ever knew in my whole life. He could do everything." Drafted out of Hardin-Simmons College after a fan had tipped Bears Coach George Halas as to his abilities, he played his entire 13-year career with the Bears and won four NFL Championships in 1940, 41, 43, and 46. A member of the NFL Hall of Fame's 1940s All Decade Team, he was inducted into the Hall in 1966, and his jersey #66 has been retired by the Bears. Offered here is one of the finest surviving copies of Turner's classic 1951 Bowman football card, his last card issued during his playing days, which portrays the Chicago legend in his center position. The first and only example graded PSA 8.5 NM-MT+ and with just three copies graded higher, this one features such perfect centering, vivid color, and incredible image quality that it may very well have graded PSA 10 Gem Mint in the earlier days of third-party certified grading. But don't just take our word for it. Click the image once to enlarge it, and then click the white icon in the lower right corner of the enlarged image to super-size it and verify all its glorious detail with your own eyes. Only at Small Traditions!

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Minimum Bid: $1
Final prices include buyers premium: $224
Number Bids: 16
Auction closed on Sunday, January 5, 2014.
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