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Frank Tripucka Football Cards

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Picture Set # Card Title/Players Pro Team Position College Honors Notes Est. Retail Value (?) Grades available at nearmintcards.com
1948-52 Exhibit Frank Tripucka 1948-52 Exhibit 51 Frank Tripucka quarterback Notre Dame Broncos Ring of Fame 1986
1948 Leaf Frank Tripucka 1948 Leaf 49 Frank Tripucka quarterback Notre Dame Broncos Ring of Fame 1986 Rookie card

Tripucka backed up Heisman winner John Lujack in 1946 and 1947, and he started for Notre Dame in 1948. He led the Irish to a 9-0-1 record, and the team finished number 2 in the country, behind Michigan.

vg $10

ex $25

nm $125

1949 Leaf Frank Tripucka 1949 Leaf 43 Frank Tripucka Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Notre Dame Broncos Ring of Fame 1986 The Philadelphia Eagles drafted Tripucka with their first pick in 1949, but they traded him to the Lions. He played for the Lions just one season.

ex $18

nm $80

1950 Bowman Frank Tripucka 1950 Bowman 91 Frank Tripucka Chicago Cardinals quarterback Notre Dame Broncos Ring of Fame 1986 Tripucka played for the Cardinals in 1950, 1951, and part of 1952. He spent the second half of the 1952 season with the Dallas Texans. From 1953 to 1959 he played for the CFL's Saskatchewan Roughriders.

ex $8

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1951 Bowman Frank Tripucka 1951 Bowman 29 Frank Tripucka Chicago Cardinals quarterback Notre Dame Broncos Ring of Fame 1986 Tripucka is a member of the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame.

ex $10

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1958 Topps CFL Frank Tripucka 1958 Topps CFL 21 Frank Tripucka Saskatchewan Roughriders quarterback Notre Dame Broncos Ring of Fame 1986 Tripucka is one of a handful of players who appeared on NFL, CFL, and AFL cards. See the others on my Cards in Three Leagues page.

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1959 Wheaties CFL Frank Tripucka 1959 Wheaties CFL 45 Frank Tripucka Ottawa Rough Riders quarterback Notre Dame Broncos Ring of Fame 1986
1960 Fleer Frank Tripucka 1960 Fleer 26 Frank Tripucka Denver Broncos quarterback Notre Dame Broncos Ring of Fame 1986 Tripucka threw the first touchdown pass in AFL history, a 59-yarder to Al Carmichael.

ex $4

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1961 Fleer Frank Tripucka 1961 Fleer 144 Frank Tripucka Denver Broncos quarterback Notre Dame Broncos Ring of Fame 1986 Tripucka's son, Kelly, played for the NBA's Detroit Pistons, Utah Jazz, and Charlotte Hornets.

ex $4

nm $10

1961 Fleer Wallet Pictures Frank Tripucka 1961 Fleer Wallet Pictures 138 Frank Tripucka Denver Broncos quarterback Notre Dame Broncos Ring of Fame 1986 Error card

Name misspelled "Tripuka" on back.
1961 Topps Frank Tripucka 1961 Topps 193 Frank Tripucka Denver Broncos quarterback Notre Dame Broncos Ring of Fame 1986 The Broncos retired Tripucka's jersey number, 18, in 1986. See the Gallery's retired numbers page for the retired numbers of all of the NFL teams.

ex $4

nm $8

1962 Fleer Frank Tripucka 1962 Fleer 34 Frank Tripucka Denver Broncos quarterback Notre Dame Broncos Ring of Fame 1986 Tripucka led the AFL in passing attempts, completions, and passing yards in 1962.

ex $6

nm $16

1963 Fleer Frank Tripucka 1963 Fleer 79 Frank Tripucka Denver Broncos quarterback Notre Dame Broncos Ring of Fame 1986 Tripucka started the 1963 season with the Broncos, but the team released him partway through the season. He finished the season with Saskatchewan in the CFL.

ex $5

nm $11


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