Illinois Alumni Football Cards

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Picture Set # Card Title/Players Pro Team Position College Honors Notes Est. Retail Value (?) Grades available at nearmintcards.com
1951 Bowman Alex Agase 1951 Bowman 111 Alex Agase Cleveland Browns guard Illinois College Hall of Fame 1963 Agase fought in World War II and was awarded a Purple Heart.

ex $8

nm $32

1951 Topps Magic John Karras 1951 Topps Magic 9 John Karras halfback Illinois Rookie card

nm $70

PSA 5
1952 Bowman Large John Karras 1952 Bowman Large 24 John Karras Chicago Cardinals halfback Illinois

ex $18

nm $75

1952 Bowman Large George Halas 1952 Bowman Large 48 George Halas Chicago Bears coach, end Illinois Pro Football Hall of Fame 1963 Rookie card

ex $150

nm $350

SGC 86
1952 Bowman Large Buddy Young 1952 Bowman Large 104 Buddy Young Dallas Texans halfback Illinois College Hall of Fame 1968 Young's full name was Claude Henry K. Young.

ex $20

nm $100

SCD 7
1952 Bowman Large Chuck Ulrich 1952 Bowman Large 134 Chuck Ulrich Chicago Cardinals defensive tackle Illinois

ex $20

nm $85

1952 Bowman Small John Karras 1952 Bowman Small 24 John Karras Chicago Cardinals halfback Illinois Karras placed sixth in voting for the 1951 Heisman Trophy. See my page of football cards of Heisman candidates.

ex $12

nm $35

1952 Bowman Small George Halas 1952 Bowman Small 48 George Halas Chicago Bears coach, end Illinois Pro Football Hall of Fame 1963 Rookie card

ex $75

nm $200

1952 Bowman Small Buddy Young 1952 Bowman Small 104 Buddy Young Dallas Texans halfback Illinois College Hall of Fame 1968

ex $12

nm $35

1952 Bowman Small Chuck Ulrich 1952 Bowman Small 134 Chuck Ulrich Chicago Cardinals defensive tackle Illinois

ex $12

nm $30

1953 Bowman Buddy Young 1953 Bowman 30 Buddy Young Baltimore Colts halfback Illinois College Hall of Fame 1968

ex $12

nm $42

1953 Bowman Tom O 1953 Bowman 42 Tom O'Connell Chicago Bears quarterback Illinois Rookie card

ex $12

nm $42

1953 Bowman John Karras 1953 Bowman 51 John Karras Chicago Cardinals halfback Illinois

ex $12

nm $44

1953 Bowman Julie Rykovich 1953 Bowman 74 Julie Rykovich Washington Redskins halfback Illinois, Notre Dame

ex $12

nm $54

PSA 9
1954 Bowman Les Bingaman 1954 Bowman 29 Les Bingaman Detroit Lions guard Illinois

ex $3

nm $16

1954 Bowman Buddy Young 1954 Bowman 38 Buddy Young Baltimore Colts halfback Illinois College Hall of Fame 1968

ex $4

nm $18

PSA 9, nm
1954 Bowman John Bauer 1954 Bowman 84 John Bauer Cleveland Browns guard Illinois Short print

ex $5

nm $24

1954 Quaker Sports Oddities George Halas 1954 Quaker Sports Oddities 19 George Halas coach, end Illinois Pro Football Hall of Fame 1963

nm $5

nm-mt $15

mint $30

1955 Bowman Buddy Young 1955 Bowman 65 Buddy Young Baltimore Colts halfback Illinois College Hall of Fame 1968

ex $5

nm $18

PSA 8.5, PSA 8
1955 Topps All-American Red Grange 1955 Topps All-American 27 Red Grange quarterback Illinois College Hall of Fame 1951, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1963 Grange's brother Garland also played pro football. The brothers were teammates with the Chicago Bears from 1929 to 1931.

vg $40

ex $80

nm $175

PSA 8, PSA 8 oc, PSA 5, PSA 5 mc
1956 Topps Chicago Cardinals Team 1956 Topps 22 Chicago Cardinals Team Chicago Cardinals Short print

This card pictures the 1955 Chicago Cardinals team.

ex $7

nm $16

1956 Topps Baltimore Colts Team 1956 Topps 48 Baltimore Colts Team Baltimore Colts This card pictures the 1955 Baltimore Colts team. Hall of Fame NFL coach Don Shula is in the front row. Leroy Vaughn, father of major league baseball's Mo Vaughn, is in the back row.

ex $7

nm $16

1956 Topps Washington Redskins Team 1956 Topps 61 Washington Redskins Team Washington Redskins Short print

This card pictures the 1955 Washington Redskins team. About 15 of the players never appeared on cards of their own.

ex $7

nm $26

ex+
1956 Topps Chuck Ulrich 1956 Topps 94 Chuck Ulrich Chicago Cardinals defensive tackle Illinois Short print

ex $5

nm $50

ex
1956 Topps Buddy Young 1956 Topps 96 Buddy Young Baltimore Colts halfback Illinois College Hall of Fame 1968

ex $5

nm $12

nm oc
1956 Topps Chicago Bears Team 1956 Topps 119 Chicago Bears Team Chicago Bears This card pictures the 1955 Chicago Bears team. You can see a larger copy of the image in the Bears Photo Store. One of the players on the card, Harry Hugasian, played part of the 1955 season for the Baltimore Colts, and he also appears on the Colts team card.

ex $7

nm $24

exmt
1957 Topps J.C. Caroline 1957 Topps 79 J.C. Caroline Chicago Bears defensive back Illinois College Hall of Fame 1980 Rookie card

Caroline played for the Toronto Argonauts and Montreal Alouettes in 1955, then joined the Bears in 1956. He played for the Bears until 1965.

ex $4

nm $12

1957 Topps Chuck Ulrich 1957 Topps 136 Chuck Ulrich Chicago Cardinals defensive tackle Illinois

ex $6

nm $24

1958 49ers Team Issue Abe Woodson 1958 49ers Team Issue 43 Abe Woodson San Francisco 49ers defensive back Illinois
1959 Topps Chuck Ulrich 1959 Topps 57 Chuck Ulrich Chicago Cardinals defensive tackle Illinois

ex $3

nm $10

exmt
1959 Topps Abe Woodson 1959 Topps 102 Abe Woodson San Francisco 49ers defensive back Illinois Rookie card

Woodson had a 105-yard kick return in 1959, longest in the NFL. He also led the league in average yards per kick return, with 29.4.

ex $3

nm $8

nm
1959 Topps Bobby Mitchell 1959 Topps 140 Bobby Mitchell Cleveland Browns halfback Illinois Browns Ring of Honor 2010, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1983, Redskins Ring of Fame 2000 Rookie card

ex $15

nm $30

good
1959 Topps Stan Wallace 1959 Topps 159 Stan Wallace Chicago Bears defensive back Illinois Rookie card

ex $3

nm $8

nm+
1960 Fleer Tom O 1960 Fleer 19 Tom O'Connell Buffalo Bills quarterback Illinois O'Connell averaged 11.17 yards per pass attempt for the Browns in 1957; this is one of the oldest NFL records.

ex $2

nm $5

nm+
1960 Kahns 12 Rich Kreitling Cleveland Browns end Illinois
1960 Kahns Bobby Mitchell 1960 Kahns 18 Bobby Mitchell Cleveland Browns halfback Illinois Browns Ring of Honor 2010, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1983, Redskins Ring of Fame 2000
1960 Topps Bobby Mitchell 1960 Topps 25 Bobby Mitchell Cleveland Browns halfback Illinois Browns Ring of Honor 2010, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1983, Redskins Ring of Fame 2000 Mitchell was the 1958 NFL Rookie of the Year.

ex $5

nm $11

1960 Topps Abe Woodson 1960 Topps 120 Abe Woodson San Francisco 49ers defensive back Illinois Woodson had the longest punt return in the NFL in 1960, a 48-yarder. He also led the league in total punt return yards and average yards per punt return.

ex $2

nm $9

PSA 8, nm
1961 Fleer J.C. Caroline 1961 Fleer 7 J.C. Caroline Chicago Bears defensive back Illinois College Hall of Fame 1980 In 1953, as a sophomore at Illinois, Caroline lead the nation in rushing. He placed seventh in voting for the Heisman Trophy that season. See my page of football cards of Heisman candidates.

ex $2

nm $6

1961 Fleer Bobby Mitchell 1961 Fleer 12 Bobby Mitchell Cleveland Browns halfback Illinois Browns Ring of Honor 2010, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1983, Redskins Ring of Fame 2000

ex $6

nm $11

vg-ex
1961 Fleer Abe Woodson 1961 Fleer 65 Abe Woodson San Francisco 49ers defensive back Illinois

ex $2

nm $6

1961 Fleer Wallet Pictures J.C. Caroline 1961 Fleer Wallet Pictures 21 J.C. Caroline Chicago Bears defensive back Illinois College Hall of Fame 1980 Bernie Casey, who also played in the NFL, portrayed Caroline in the TV movie Brian's Song.
1961 Fleer Wallet Pictures Bobby Mitchell 1961 Fleer Wallet Pictures 92 Bobby Mitchell Washington Redskins halfback Illinois Browns Ring of Honor 2010, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1983, Redskins Ring of Fame 2000
1961 Kahns Rich Kreitling 1961 Kahns 14 Rich Kreitling Cleveland Browns end Illinois
1961 Kahns Bobby Mitchell 1961 Kahns 21 Bobby Mitchell Cleveland Browns halfback Illinois Browns Ring of Honor 2010, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1983, Redskins Ring of Fame 2000
1961 National City Bank Browns Rich Kreitling 1961 National City Bank Browns 19 Rich Kreitling Cleveland Browns end Illinois
1961 National City Bank Browns Bobby Mitchell 1961 National City Bank Browns 30 Bobby Mitchell Cleveland Browns halfback Illinois Browns Ring of Honor 2010, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1983, Redskins Ring of Fame 2000
1961 Packers Lake to Lake Ray Nitschke 1961 Packers Lake to Lake 19 Ray Nitschke Green Bay Packers linebacker Illinois Packers Hall of Fame 1978, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1978 Pre-rookie card, short print

For more pre-rookie cards, see my pre-rookie card page.

nm $1600

1961 Topps J.C. Caroline 1961 Topps 17 J.C. Caroline Chicago Bears defensive back Illinois College Hall of Fame 1980

ex $2

nm $7

1961 Topps Green Bay Packers Team 1961 Topps 47 Green Bay Packers Team Green Bay Packers Though printed in 1961, this card pictures the 1958 Packers team.

ex $5

nm $9


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