Heisman Trophy + Rookie Football Cards
|Image||Set||#||Card Title/Players||Pro Team||Position||College||Honors||Notes||Grades available at Nearmint Sports Cards|
|1948 Bowman||3||John Lujack||Chicago Bears||quarterback||Notre Dame||Heisman Trophy 1947, College Hall of Fame 1960||Rookie card, short print|
|1948 Bowman||71||Leslie Horvath||Los Angeles Rams||halfback||Ohio State||Heisman Trophy 1944, College Hall of Fame 1969||Rookie card||vg|
|1948 Bowman||104||Bruce Smith||Green Bay Packers||halfback||Minnesota||Heisman Trophy 1941, College Hall of Fame 1972||Rookie card||PSA 6|
|1948 Leaf||4||Doak Walker||halfback||SMU||Heisman Trophy 1948, College Hall of Fame 1959, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1986||Rookie card
Walker was the second player to win the Heisman Trophy as a junior. The first was Army's Doc Blanchard. Notre Dame's Leon Hart won the Heisman in Walker's senior year, 1949.
|1948 Leaf||13C||John Lujack||Chicago Bears||quarterback||Notre Dame||Heisman Trophy 1947, College Hall of Fame 1960||Rookie card||PSA 4 mc|
|1948 Leaf||13E||John Lujack||Chicago Bears||quarterback||Notre Dame||Heisman Trophy 1947, College Hall of Fame 1960||Rookie card, error card
Name misspelled "Jonny."
|1948 Leaf||91||Leon Hart||fullback||Notre Dame||Heisman Trophy 1949, College Hall of Fame 1973||Rookie card|
|1950 Bowman||16||Glenn Davis||Los Angeles Rams||halfback||Army, Cal Poly-Pomona||Heisman Trophy 1946, College Hall of Fame 1961||Rookie card
Davis finished second in Heisman voting in 1944, second in 1945, and first in 1946. See my page of football cards of Heisman candidates.
|1951 Topps Magic||10||Vic Janowicz||halfback||Ohio State||Heisman Trophy 1950, College Hall of Fame 1976||Rookie card
Janowicz played baseball for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1953 and 1954. You can see his 1954 Bowman baseball card on the Gallery's Cards in Multiple Sports page.
|1954 Bowman||128||John Lattner||Pittsburgh Steelers||halfback||Notre Dame||Heisman Trophy 1953, College Hall of Fame 1979||Rookie card
Lattner placed fifth in voting for the Heisman Trophy in 1952, and he won it in 1953. See my page of football cards of Heisman candidates.
|1955 Bowman||8||Alan Ameche||Baltimore Colts||fullback||Wisconsin||Heisman Trophy 1954, College Hall of Fame 1975||Rookie card, error card
Heisman is misspelled on back of this card.
|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.
|1955 Topps All-American||23||Dick Kazmaier||quarterback||Princeton||Heisman Trophy 1951, College Hall of Fame 1966||Rookie card||PSA 8, PSA 7|
|1955 Topps All-American||26||Larry Kelley||end||Yale||Heisman Trophy 1936, College Hall of Fame 1969||Rookie card||nm|
|1955 Topps All-American||34||Davey O'Brien||quarterback||TCU||Heisman Trophy 1938, College Hall of Fame 1955||Rookie card
O'Brien played two seasons for the Philadelphia Eagles. In 1939, his rookie year, he broke Sammy Baugh's NFL record for most yards passing in a season. According to his page on the Heisman Trophy web site, he retired to become an FBI agent.
|1955 Topps All-American||35||Tom Harmon||halfback||Michigan||Heisman Trophy 1940, College Hall of Fame 1954||Rookie card
The Chicago Bears chose Harmon with the first overall pick in the 1941 NFL draft.
|1955 Topps All-American||59||Doc Blanchard||fullback||Army||Heisman Trophy 1945, College Hall of Fame 1959||Rookie card
Blanchard was the first player to win the Heisman Trophy as a junior. He placed third in Heisman voting in 1944, first in 1945, and fourth in 1946.
|1955 Topps All-American||69||Frank Sinkwich||halfback||Georgia||Heisman Trophy 1942, College Hall of Fame 1954||Rookie card
Sinkwich played two seasons for the Detroit Lions and two seasons for the AAFC's New York Yankees and Baltimore Colts. He averaged 45.92 yards per punt for the Lions in 1943, still an NFL record for a rookie.
|1955 Topps All-American||76||Angelo Bertelli||quarterback||Notre Dame||Heisman Trophy 1943, College Hall of Fame 1972||Rookie card
Bertelli was second in Heisman voting in 1941, sixth in 1942, and first in 1943. After serving in World War II, he played three seasons for the AAFC's Los Angeles Dons and Chicago Rockets.
|1955 Topps All-American||78||Jay Berwanger||halfback||Chicago||Heisman Trophy 1935, College Hall of Fame 1954||Rookie card
Berwanger was the first Heisman Trophy winner and the first player ever chosen in the NFL draft. He decided not to play pro football, however.
|1956 Topps||120||Billy Vessels||Baltimore Colts||halfback||Oklahoma||Heisman Trophy 1952, College Hall of Fame 1974||Rookie card
Vessels played for the Edmonton Eskimos, then with the Western Interprovincial Football Union, in 1953. He won the Canadian Rugby Union's most outstanding player award, the Schenley Award, that season. After serving in the U.S. military, Vessels played the 1956 season with the Baltimore Colts.
|1957 Topps||80||Howard Cassady||Detroit Lions||halfback||Ohio State||Heisman Trophy 1955, College Hall of Fame 1979||Rookie card|
|1957 Topps||151||Paul Hornung||Green Bay Packers||halfback||Notre Dame||Heisman Trophy 1956, Packers Hall of Fame 1975, College Hall of Fame 1985, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1986||Rookie card
The Packers chose Hornung with the first overall pick in the 1957 NFL draft.
|1959 Topps||105||John David Crow||Chicago Cardinals||halfback||Texas A and M||Heisman Trophy 1957, College Hall of Fame 1976||Rookie card||PSA 7, nm+|
|1960 Fleer||66||Billy Cannon||Houston Oilers||halfback||LSU||Heisman Trophy 1959, College Hall of Fame 2008||Rookie card
The Los Angeles Rams chose Cannon with the first overall pick in the 1960 NFL draft. He opted to play in the AFL instead.