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Updated: 07/10/2009

Nathan Buckley

Buckley was initially drafted to Brisbane from Port Adelaide where he won the Magery Medal in 1992. Under controversial circumstances he played the 1993 season in Brisbane winning the Norwich Rising Star for the best first year player. In 1994 he moved to Collingwood where he was equal in the Copeland trophy, the Magpies Best and Fairest award, in his first year.

Nathan Buckley was chosen by the Collingwood Football Club as its star on the Collingwood Centenary Maximum Card and Postcard. The maximum card is displayed below. The postcard is essentially the same except that the background is brighter and there is no postmark. A cover with the outline of the postcard was also released.

1996 AFL Centenary Maximum Card

He won the Best and Fairest outright in 1996 and was runner up in 1997. He won the award outright in 1998 ( cover 1 and cover 2), 1999 and 2000.  In an upset he finished third to Paul Licuria in 2001. In 2003 he was again victorious.

In 1997 he was named on the half Back Flank in Collingwood's Team of the Century.

Two covers to commemorate the Copeland Trophy were released on the 2nd October 1998. 50 sets were produced. Single covers were produced in 1999 and 2000.

He was an All-Australian Player in 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2003. He has been vice captain of the All Australian team in 1999, 2000 and 2003.

On the 2nd August 2002  Nathan Buckley played his 200th game. A cover by First Class Collectibles was released to commemorate the event. 

2002 saw him reach his First Grand Final, but suffered defeat at the hands of the Brisbane Lions. Some conciliation was that he won the Norm Smith Medal for best on the ground. Coversplease. released a cover to commemorate  Nathan Buckley, the Norm Smith Medalist.

After loosing the 2003 Grand Final, the highpoint for Nathan Buckley was winning the Brownlow Medal in a three way tie with Adelaide skipper Mark Ricciuto and Sydney ruckman Adam Goodes. First Class Collectibles  released a cover of  Nathan Buckley.

On the weekend commencing 29th July 2005 Nathan Buckley played his 250th game for Collingwood. A Commemorative Covers showing Buckley was released by First Class Collectables.

In 2006 Onlycovers released The Captains series with a cover including Nathan Buckley.

He has played 275* games and 2006 was his 8th season as captain, making him the most capped skipper.