August 15, 2016 – Canton, Ohio.

The very first football players card, way before there was an NFL, was on display in the card section–the largest and most valuable football card collection in the world, there on loan. First card was of Yale Football Captain Henry W Beecher (played varsity 1885-1887). He was named after his grandfather, who was a well known preacher who believed it was good for young people to be involved in sports. His grandfather’s sister, Harriet Beecher Stowe, wrote the anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Interesting piece of trivia. We weren’t allowed to photograph the football player’s cards or information. The Hall of Fame is better seen in person because there is SO much to see, movies everywhere, two theaters, and much of the displays are interactive. The Vince Lombardi trophy sits alone in a room of mirrors, glass and lights high on a pedestal. It’s reminiscent of ‘The Wizard of Oz.’ The experience was loads of fun for a football fan-addict!

John Elway


Joe Montana

Irv Eatman

Enshrined Players

Lombardi Trophy

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