Heisman Trophy Football Cards

Image Set # Card Title/Players Pro Team Position College Honors Notes Grades available at Nearmint Sports Cards
1955 Topps All-American Bruce Smith 1955 Topps All-American 19 Bruce Smith halfback Minnesota Heisman Trophy 1941, College Hall of Fame 1972
1955 Topps All-American Dick Kazmaier 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 Larry Kelley 1955 Topps All-American 26 Larry Kelley end Yale Heisman Trophy 1936, College Hall of Fame 1969 Rookie card nm
1955 Topps All-American Davey O 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.
BVG 8
1955 Topps All-American Tom Harmon 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.
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1955 Topps All-American John Lujack 1955 Topps All-American 52 John Lujack quarterback Notre Dame Heisman Trophy 1947, College Hall of Fame 1960 Lujack was inducted into the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame in 1978. PSA 8
1955 Topps All-American Doc Blanchard 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 Frank Sinkwich 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 Angelo Bertelli 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.
PSA 7
1955 Topps All-American Jay Berwanger 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.
BVG 7
1956 Topps Alan Ameche 1956 Topps 12 Alan Ameche Baltimore Colts fullback Wisconsin Heisman Trophy 1954, College Hall of Fame 1975 Ameche placed sixth in voting for the Heisman Trophy in 1953, and he won it in 1954. See my page of football cards of Heisman candidates.
1956 Topps Vic Janowicz 1956 Topps 13 Vic Janowicz Washington Redskins halfback Ohio State Heisman Trophy 1950, College Hall of Fame 1976 Short print

Janowicz was inducted into the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame in 1987.
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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 Detroit Lions Team 1956 Topps 92 Detroit Lions Team Detroit Lions This card pictures the 1955 Lions team.
1956 Topps Leon Hart 1956 Topps 104 Leon Hart Detroit Lions fullback Notre Dame Heisman Trophy 1949, College Hall of Fame 1973 Hart was inducted into the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame in 1988. PSA 8, exmt+
1956 Topps Billy Vessels 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 49ers Team Issue Tom Harmon 1957 49ers Team Issue 15 Tom Harmon San Francisco 49ers halfback Michigan Heisman Trophy 1940, College Hall of Fame 1954 exmt
1957 Topps Billy Vessels 1957 Topps 29 Billy Vessels Baltimore Colts halfback Oklahoma Heisman Trophy 1952, College Hall of Fame 1974 Vessels did not play in 1957; he left football after the 1956 season.
1957 Topps Alan Ameche 1957 Topps 53 Alan Ameche Baltimore Colts fullback Wisconsin Heisman Trophy 1954, College Hall of Fame 1975 PSA 7
1957 Topps Howard Cassady 1957 Topps 80 Howard Cassady Detroit Lions halfback Ohio State Heisman Trophy 1955, College Hall of Fame 1979 Rookie card
1957 Topps Leon Hart 1957 Topps 118 Leon Hart Detroit Lions fullback Notre Dame Heisman Trophy 1949, College Hall of Fame 1973 PSA 7
1957 Topps Paul Hornung 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.
1958 49ers Team Issue Tom Harmon 1958 49ers Team Issue 13 Tom Harmon San Francisco 49ers halfback Michigan Heisman Trophy 1940, College Hall of Fame 1954
1958 Topps Howard Cassady 1958 Topps 7 Howard Cassady Detroit Lions halfback Ohio State Heisman Trophy 1955, College Hall of Fame 1979 Cassady finished third in voting for the Heisman Trophy in 1954, behind Alan Ameche and Kurt Burris. vg-ex