Illinois Alumni Football Cards

Image Set # Card Title/Players Pro Team Position College Honors Notes Grades available at Nearmint Sports Cards
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. 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.
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1957 Topps Chuck Ulrich 1957 Topps 136 Chuck Ulrich Chicago Cardinals defensive tackle Illinois
1958 49ers Team Issue Abe Woodson 1958 49ers Team Issue 43 Abe Woodson San Francisco 49ers defensive back Illinois
1958 Topps Chicago Cardinals Team 1958 Topps 69 Chicago Cardinals Team Chicago Cardinals This card pictures the 1957 Chicago Cardinals team. Click here to see a large, black-and-white copy of this image. Dick Lane, in the upper right corner of the photo, appears to have been cut-and-pasted in.
1958 Topps Philadelphia Eagles Team 1958 Topps 109 Philadelphia Eagles Team Philadelphia Eagles This card pictures the 1957 Philadelphia Eagles team. Click here to see a large, black-and-white copy of this image. One of the players on the card, Bill Koman, also appears on the Baltimore Colts team card. The Colts released Koman before the season, and the Eagles picked him up.
1959 Topps Chuck Ulrich 1959 Topps 57 Chuck Ulrich Chicago Cardinals defensive tackle Illinois PSA 8, PSA 7.5, nm+
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.
nm, PSA 4
1959 Topps Bobby Mitchell 1959 Topps 140 Bobby Mitchell Cleveland Browns halfback Illinois Redskins Ring of Fame, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1983, Browns Ring of Honor 2010 Rookie card exmt
1959 Topps Stan Wallace 1959 Topps 159 Stan Wallace Chicago Bears defensive back Illinois Rookie card nm+, PSA 8 st
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. PSA 10, PSA 9, nm+
1960 Kahns Rich Kreitling 1960 Kahns 12 Rich Kreitling Cleveland Browns end Illinois
1960 Kahns Bobby Mitchell 1960 Kahns 18 Bobby Mitchell Cleveland Browns halfback Illinois Redskins Ring of Fame, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1983, Browns Ring of Honor 2010
1960 Topps Bobby Mitchell 1960 Topps 25 Bobby Mitchell Cleveland Browns halfback Illinois Redskins Ring of Fame, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1983, Browns Ring of Honor 2010 Mitchell was the 1958 NFL Rookie of the Year. PSA 6.5
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. 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.
1961 Fleer Bobby Mitchell 1961 Fleer 12 Bobby Mitchell Cleveland Browns halfback Illinois Redskins Ring of Fame, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1983, Browns Ring of Honor 2010
1961 Fleer Abe Woodson 1961 Fleer 65 Abe Woodson San Francisco 49ers defensive back Illinois
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 Redskins Ring of Fame, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1983, Browns Ring of Honor 2010 PSA 8
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 Redskins Ring of Fame, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1983, Browns Ring of Honor 2010
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 Redskins Ring of Fame, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1983, Browns Ring of Honor 2010
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 the Gallery's pre-rookie card page.
PSA 8, PSA 7