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 Nile Kinnick 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 Emlen Tunnell 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 Cal Jones 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 Emlen Tunnell 1956 Topps 17 Emlen Tunnell New York Giants defensive back Iowa, Toledo Pro Football Hall of Fame 1967, Giants Ring of Honor 2010 PSA 9
1956 Topps Cleveland Browns Team 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 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 New York Giants Team 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 Emlen Tunnell 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 Emlen Tunnell 1957 Topps 35 Emlen Tunnell New York Giants defensive back Iowa, Toledo Pro Football Hall of Fame 1967, Giants Ring of Honor 2010 nm-mt st
1958 Topps Emlen Tunnell 1958 Topps 42 Emlen Tunnell New York Giants defensive back Iowa, Toledo Pro Football Hall of Fame 1967, Giants Ring of Honor 2010 PSA 8
1958 Topps Detroit Lions Team 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. exmt
1958 Topps CFL Ken Ploen 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.
1959 Topps Hal Bradley 1959 Topps 63 Hal Bradley Philadelphia Eagles guard Iowa Rookie card exmt
1959 Topps Alex Karras 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, SGC 84, PSA 6, exmt
1959 Topps New York Giants Team 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 Mike Hagler 1959 Topps CFL 86 Mike Hagler Saskatchewan Roughriders running back Iowa nm+
1959 Wheaties CFL Ken Ploen 1959 Wheaties CFL 35 Ken Ploen Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Iowa Canadian Football Hall of Fame 1975
1960 Eagles Team Issue John Nocera 1960 Eagles Team Issue 8 John Nocera Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Iowa
1960 Fleer College Pennant Decals Houston - Iowa 1960 Fleer College Pennant Decals 7 Houston - Iowa Houston, Iowa
1960 Topps Jim Gibbons 1960 Topps 44 Jim Gibbons Detroit Lions end Iowa Rookie card
1960 Topps CFL Randy Duncan 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. nm
1960 Topps CFL Mike Hagler 1960 Topps CFL 55 Mike Hagler Saskatchewan Roughriders running back Iowa PSA 8, nm
1960 Topps CFL Ken Ploen 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 Jim Gibbons 1961 Fleer 82 Jim Gibbons Detroit Lions end Iowa
1961 Fleer Don Norton 1961 Fleer 158 Don Norton San Diego Chargers end Iowa