Iowa Alumni Football Cards
|Image||Set||#||Card Title/Players||Pro Team||Position||College||Honors||Notes||Grades available at Nearmint Sports Cards|
|1955 Topps All-American||6||Nile Kinnick||halfback||Iowa||Heisman Trophy 1939, College Hall of Fame 1951||Rookie card, error card
Kinnick died in a plane crash in World War II. His name is misspelled "Niles" on this card.
|1956 Giants Team Issue||32||Emlen Tunnell||New York Giants||defensive back||Iowa, Toledo||Pro Football Hall of Fame 1967, Giants Ring of Honor 2010||nm|
|1956 Parkhurst||33||Cal Jones||Winnipeg Blue Bombers||guard||Iowa||Outland Trophy 1955, College Hall of Fame 1980||Jones was the first African-American to win the Outland Trophy. He also placed tenth in voting for the Heisman Trophy in 1955. (See my page of football cards of Heisman candidates.) Jones died in a plane crash with four members of the Saskatchewan Roughriders: Mel Becket, Mario DeMarco, Ray Syrnyk, and Gordon Sturtridge.|
|1956 Topps||17||Emlen Tunnell||New York Giants||defensive back||Iowa, Toledo||Pro Football Hall of Fame 1967, Giants Ring of Honor 2010|
|1956 Topps||45||Cleveland Browns Team||Cleveland Browns||This card pictures the 1955 Cleveland Browns team. 1955 was Otto Graham's last season, and the Browns won the NFL Championship. Hall of Fame coach Chuck Noll was a linebacker on the 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||113||New York Giants Team||New York Giants||This card pictures the 1955 New York Giants team. Future Hall of Fame coaches Vince Lombardi and Tom Landry are included in the photo. Lombardi is an assistant coach in the second row, and Landry is a player, also in the second row.|
|1957 Giants Team Issue||31||Emlen Tunnell||New York Giants||defensive back||Iowa, Toledo||Pro Football Hall of Fame 1967, Giants Ring of Honor 2010||nm-mt|
|1957 Topps||35||Emlen Tunnell||New York Giants||defensive back||Iowa, Toledo||Pro Football Hall of Fame 1967, Giants Ring of Honor 2010||exmt|
|1958 Topps||42||Emlen Tunnell||New York Giants||defensive back||Iowa, Toledo||Pro Football Hall of Fame 1967, Giants Ring of Honor 2010|
|1958 Topps||115||Detroit Lions Team||Detroit Lions||This card pictures the 1957 Detroit Lions team. Click here to see a large, black-and-white copy of this image. This was the last Lions team to win the NFL title; they beat the Browns 59-14 in the championship game.|
|1958 Topps CFL||40||Ken Ploen||Winnipeg Blue Bombers||quarterback||Iowa||Canadian Football Hall of Fame 1975||Ploen won the Big Ten's MVP award, the Chicago Tribune Silver Football, in 1956.||PSA 6|
|1959 Topps||63||Hal Bradley||Philadelphia Eagles||guard||Iowa||Rookie card||exmt|
|1959 Topps||103||Alex Karras||Detroit Lions||defensive tackle||Iowa||Outland Trophy 1957, College Hall of Fame 1991||Rookie card
Karras played 12 seasons in the NFL, all with the Lions.
|PSA 8, PSA 6, exmt|
|1959 Topps||133||New York Giants Team||New York Giants||Though printed in 1959, this card pictures the 1958 New York Giants team.|
|1959 Topps CFL||86||Mike Hagler||Saskatchewan Roughriders||running back||Iowa||nm+|
|1959 Wheaties CFL||35||Ken Ploen||Winnipeg Blue Bombers||quarterback||Iowa||Canadian Football Hall of Fame 1975|
|1960 Eagles Team Issue||8||John Nocera||Philadelphia Eagles||linebacker||Iowa|
|1960 Fleer College Pennant Decals||7||Houston - Iowa||Houston, Iowa|
|1960 Topps||44||Jim Gibbons||Detroit Lions||end||Iowa||Rookie card|
|1960 Topps CFL||5||Randy Duncan||BC Lions||quarterback||Iowa||College Hall of Fame 1997||Duncan played two seasons for the B.C. Lions, then jumped to the AFL for one season with the Dallas Texans.|
|1960 Topps CFL||55||Mike Hagler||Saskatchewan Roughriders||running back||Iowa||PSA 8, nm|
|1960 Topps CFL||84||Ken Ploen||Winnipeg Blue Bombers||quarterback||Iowa||Canadian Football Hall of Fame 1975||Error card
Ploen's last name is misspelled "Pleon."
|1961 Fleer||82||Jim Gibbons||Detroit Lions||end||Iowa|
|1961 Fleer||158||Don Norton||San Diego Chargers||end||Iowa|