Illinois Alumni Football Cards

Image Set # Card Title/Players Pro Team Position College Honors Notes Grades available at Nearmint Sports Cards
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.
1951 Topps Magic John Karras 1951 Topps Magic 9 John Karras halfback Illinois Rookie card PSA 5
1952 Bowman Large John Karras 1952 Bowman Large 24 John Karras Chicago Cardinals halfback Illinois
1952 Bowman Large George Halas 1952 Bowman Large 48 George Halas Chicago Bears coach, end Illinois Pro Football Hall of Fame 1963 Rookie card 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. SCD 7
1952 Bowman Large Chuck Ulrich 1952 Bowman Large 134 Chuck Ulrich Chicago Cardinals defensive tackle Illinois
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.
1952 Bowman Small George Halas 1952 Bowman Small 48 George Halas Chicago Bears coach, end Illinois Pro Football Hall of Fame 1963 Rookie card
1952 Bowman Small Buddy Young 1952 Bowman Small 104 Buddy Young Dallas Texans halfback Illinois College Hall of Fame 1968
1952 Bowman Small Chuck Ulrich 1952 Bowman Small 134 Chuck Ulrich Chicago Cardinals defensive tackle Illinois
1953 Bowman Buddy Young 1953 Bowman 30 Buddy Young Baltimore Colts halfback Illinois College Hall of Fame 1968
1953 Bowman Tom O 1953 Bowman 42 Tom O'Connell Chicago Bears quarterback Illinois Rookie card
1953 Bowman John Karras 1953 Bowman 51 John Karras Chicago Cardinals halfback Illinois
1953 Bowman Julie Rykovich 1953 Bowman 74 Julie Rykovich Washington Redskins halfback Illinois, Notre Dame PSA 9
1954 Bowman Les Bingaman 1954 Bowman 29 Les Bingaman Detroit Lions guard Illinois nm
1954 Bowman Buddy Young 1954 Bowman 38 Buddy Young Baltimore Colts halfback Illinois College Hall of Fame 1968 PSA 9, nm
1954 Bowman John Bauer 1954 Bowman 84 John Bauer Cleveland Browns guard Illinois Short print
1954 Quaker Sports Oddities George Halas 1954 Quaker Sports Oddities 19 George Halas coach, end Illinois Pro Football Hall of Fame 1963
1955 Bowman Buddy Young 1955 Bowman 65 Buddy Young Baltimore Colts halfback Illinois College Hall of Fame 1968
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. PSA 5
1956 Topps Chicago Cardinals Team 1956 Topps 22 Chicago Cardinals Team Chicago Cardinals Short print

This card pictures the 1955 Chicago Cardinals team.
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.
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.
1956 Topps Chuck Ulrich 1956 Topps 94 Chuck Ulrich Chicago Cardinals defensive tackle Illinois Short print
1956 Topps Buddy Young 1956 Topps 96 Buddy Young Baltimore Colts halfback Illinois College Hall of Fame 1968 nm oc