April 2019 Spring Premium Auction - Rare & High-Grade Cards You Won't Find Anywhere Else
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For those unfamiliar with the rich and remarkably diverse world of soccer rookie cards, the featured 1947 Nannina Ferenc Puskas ranks among the rarest first cardboard appearances of a top 10 or top 20 player in the history of the game. In fact, with only one other copy on record at each SGC and PSA, it may very well be the world's rarest soccer rookie card. Considered by some to be a forerunner to Panini, Nannina was a popular Italian publisher of sports and entertainment cards in the late 1940s, 50s, and 60s. The company's first set was issued in the form of a small 8-page booklet of strip cards in April of 1947 and titled Nannina Tecni Color Figurine.

While not a part of that inaugural issue, Ferenc Puskas was printed shortly thereafter in a subsequent month but still within that pivotal first year of production. As with any nascent, small-scale, mid-century print production, total output and distribution were limited to what a single small press could produce within a single month before moving on to the next issue. Full-page or full-booklet examples that have survived from 1947 are beyond scarce; indeed, only a small handful are known to exist. Instead, collectors from around the world seek individual hand-cut cards of forgotten athletes and entertainers as a form of type-collecting. Ferenc Puskas, however, has not been and will never be forgotten.

At the National and International club levels, only 28 players in the history of the beautiful game have ever scored 500 or more goals over the courses of their careers. Pele ranks third on this list with 767 goals scored in 831 games between the years 1957 and 1977. Ferenk Puskas follows closely in fourth place with 746 goals scored in 754 matches between the years 1943 and 1966. With almost exactly one goal per game, his scoring ratio of .99 is the second highest among the game's most prolific scorers. In the 1952 Helinski Olympic Games, he led the Mighty Magyars of Hungary to a Gold Medal, and in the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland he led his team to the final match, where despite being named the tournament's best player, Hungary lost to West Germany 3-2. He later won three European Cups and ten National Championships split between the Hungarian and Spanish Primera leagues, leading all players in scoring eight times. In 1995, he was named the top goal scorer of the 20th century by The IFFHS, and in 2009 FIFA announced the introduction of the Puskas Award for the player, male or female, judged to have scored the most aesthetically significant or most beautiful goal of the calendar year.

The Ferenk Puscas legend is more than just carved in stone. After his death in Budapest in 2006, his coffin was moved from Ferenk Puskas Stadium to Heroes' Square for a military salute, after which he was buried under the dome of Saint Stephen's Basilica. For Americans who might not relate to soccer history as much as they do to other sports, if we were to call Pele the Babe Ruth of soccer, then Puskas would be Lou Gehrig or perhaps more appropriately Ty Cobb. Soccer is the world's most popular sport, and Ferenk Puskas is one of soccer's greatest-ever players. Proudly offered here, on consignment all the way from Sweden, is a noticeably fine looking Ferenk Puskas' rookie card graded SGC 50 and internationally distinguished as one of only a handful of copies known to exist.
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Auction closed on Sunday, May 5, 2019.
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