Rookie 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
1952 Bowman Small Fred Williams 1952 Bowman Small 121 Fred Williams Chicago Bears defensive tackle, linebacker Arkansas Rookie card

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nm $55

1952 Bowman Small 126 Steve Romanik Chicago Bears quarterback Villanova Rookie card

ex $12

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1952 Bowman Small Ollie Matson 1952 Bowman Small 127 Ollie Matson Chicago Cardinals fullback, defensive back San Francisco Cardinals Ring of Honor 2006, College Hall of Fame 1976, Eagles Honor Roll 1987, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1972 Rookie card

ex $55

nm $290

1952 Bowman Small Jack Christiansen 1952 Bowman Small 129 Jack Christiansen Detroit Lions defensive back Colorado State Pro Football Hall of Fame 1970 Rookie card

ex $55

nm $260

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1952 Bowman Small 135 Gene Ronzani Green Bay Packers halfback, coach Marquette Rookie card

ex $12

nm $40

1952 Bowman Small Yale Lary 1952 Bowman Small 140 Yale Lary Detroit Lions defensive back Texas A and M Pro Football Hall of Fame 1979 Rookie card

ex $55

nm $180

1952 Bowman Small Jim Lansford 1952 Bowman Small 144 Jim Lansford Dallas Texans tackle Texas Rookie card

ex $12

nm $95

1953 Bowman Eddie LeBaron 1953 Bowman 1 Eddie LeBaron Washington Redskins quarterback Pacific College Hall of Fame 1980, Redskins Ring of Fame 2000 Rookie card

ex $18

nm $105

1953 Bowman Pat Brady 1953 Bowman 10 Pat Brady Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback, punter Nevada, Bradley Rookie card

ex $12

nm $46

1953 Bowman Tom Catlin 1953 Bowman 35 Tom Catlin Cleveland Browns center Oklahoma Rookie card

Catlin placed tenth in voting for the 1952 Heisman Trophy. See my page of football cards of Heisman candidates.

ex $12

nm $54

1953 Bowman Leo Sanford 1953 Bowman 39 Leo Sanford Chicago Cardinals center, linebacker Louisiana Tech Rookie card

ex $12

nm $54

1953 Bowman Tom O 1953 Bowman 42 Tom O'Connell Chicago Bears quarterback Illinois Rookie card

ex $12

nm $42

1953 Bowman John Olszewski 1953 Bowman 45 John Olszewski Chicago Cardinals fullback California Rookie card

ex $10

nm $38

PSA 8 oc
1953 Bowman Gerald Weatherly 1953 Bowman 48 Gerald Weatherly Chicago Bears center Rice Rookie card

ex $12

nm $50

1953 Bowman Jack Scarbath 1953 Bowman 50 Jack Scarbath Washington Redskins quarterback Maryland College Hall of Fame 1983 Rookie card

ex $12

nm $42

1953 Bowman Harley Sewell 1953 Bowman 58 Harley Sewell Detroit Lions guard Texas College Hall of Fame 2000 Rookie card

1953 was Sewell's first year in the NFL, so this is a true rookie card.

ex $12

nm $48

1953 Bowman Don Bingham 1953 Bowman 59 Don Bingham Chicago Bears halfback Sul Ross State Rookie card

ex $12

nm $44

1953 Bowman Ray Renfro 1953 Bowman 62 Ray Renfro Cleveland Browns halfback North Texas Rookie card

Renfro played 12 seasons in the NFL, all with the Browns.

ex $10

nm $40

1953 Bowman Bobby Thomason 1953 Bowman 83 Bobby Thomason Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Virginia Military Institute Rookie card

ex $12

nm $40

1953 Bowman Ted Marchibroda 1953 Bowman 93 Ted Marchibroda Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Detroit Colts Ring of Honor 2000 Rookie card

ex $14

nm $100

1954 Bowman Doug Atkins 1954 Bowman 4 Doug Atkins Cleveland Browns defensive end Tennessee College Hall of Fame 1985, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1982, Saints Hall of Fame 1995 Rookie card

ex $35

nm $100

PSA 4
1954 Bowman Bill Stits 1954 Bowman 5 Bill Stits Detroit Lions defensive back UCLA Rookie card

1954 was Stits's rookie season. He had 6 interceptions and made the Pro Bowl.

ex $4

nm $20

1954 Bowman Zeke Bratkowski 1954 Bowman 11 Zeke Bratkowski Chicago Bears quarterback Georgia Packers Hall of Fame 1989 Rookie card

ex $9

nm $20

PSA 7
1954 Bowman Bobby Garrett 1954 Bowman 16 Bobby Garrett Cleveland Browns quarterback Stanford Rookie card

Garrett placed fifth in voting for the 1953 Heisman Trophy. See my page of football cards of Heisman candidates.

ex $4

nm $18

1954 Bowman Norm Willey 1954 Bowman 21 Norm Willey Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Marshall Rookie card

ex $4

nm $16

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1954 Bowman George Blanda 1954 Bowman 23 George Blanda Chicago Bears quarterback, kicker Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame 1981 Rookie card

ex $60

nm $150

PSA 6
1954 Bowman Don Dohoney 1954 Bowman 24 Don Dohoney Chicago Cardinals end Michigan State Rookie card

Dohoney was an Academic All-American at Michigan State in 1953.

ex $3

nm $16

1954 Bowman Joe Arenas 1954 Bowman 30 Joe Arenas San Francisco 49ers halfback Nebraska - Omaha Rookie card

ex $4

nm $16

1954 Bowman Ray Wietecha 1954 Bowman 31 Ray Wietecha New York Giants center Northwestern, Michigan State Rookie card

ex $4

nm $18

PSA 5
1954 Bowman Harold Giancanelli 1954 Bowman 33 Harold Giancanelli Philadelphia Eagles halfback Loyola (L.A.) Rookie card

ex $6

nm $22

1954 Bowman Tom Keane 1954 Bowman 72 Tom Keane Baltimore Colts defensive back West Virginia Rookie card, short print

Keane played from 1948 to 1955 for the L.A. Rams, Dallas Texans, Baltimore Colts, and Chicago Cardinals.

ex $6

nm $22

SGC 96
1954 Bowman John Martinkovic 1954 Bowman 80 John Martinkovic Green Bay Packers defensive end Xavier Packers Hall of Fame 1974 Rookie card, short print

ex $8

nm $22

1954 Bowman Dale Dodrill 1954 Bowman 81 Dale Dodrill Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Colorado State Rookie card, short print

ex $9

nm $40

1954 Bowman Dave Hanner 1954 Bowman 88 Dave Hanner Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Arkansas Packers Hall of Fame 1974 Rookie card, short print

ex $10

nm $45

PSA 4
1954 Bowman Don Heinrich 1954 Bowman 92 Don Heinrich New York Giants quarterback, coach Washington College Hall of Fame 1987 Rookie card, short print

ex $5

nm $22

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1954 Bowman Stan West 1954 Bowman 103 Stan West Los Angeles Rams guard Oklahoma Rookie card

ex $4

nm $14

1954 Bowman Veryl Switzer 1954 Bowman 105 Veryl Switzer Green Bay Packers halfback Kansas State Rookie card

Switzer averaged 12.8 yards per punt return in 1954, best in the NFL.

ex $9

nm $26

1954 Bowman Steve Meilinger 1954 Bowman 110 Steve Meilinger Washington Redskins end Kentucky College Hall of Fame 2013 Rookie card

ex $4

nm $16

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1954 Bowman Al Carmichael 1954 Bowman 115 Al Carmichael Green Bay Packers halfback USC Packers Hall of Fame 1974 Rookie card

ex $6

nm $20

1954 Bowman Wilford White 1954 Bowman 125 Wilford White Chicago Bears halfback Arizona State Rookie card

White played for the Bears in 1951 and 1952, but he did not appear on a football card until 1954. His son, Danny White, was a quarterback and punter for the Dallas Cowboys for 13 seasons.

ex $4

nm $18

1954 Bowman John Lattner 1954 Bowman 128 John Lattner Pittsburgh Steelers halfback Notre Dame College Hall of Fame 1979, Heisman Trophy 1953 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.

ex $25

nm $110

PSA 6
1955 Bowman Mike McCormack 1955 Bowman 2 Mike McCormack Cleveland Browns tackle Kansas Browns Ring of Honor 2010, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1984 Rookie card

ex $20

nm $60

PSA 7
1955 Bowman Lindon Crow 1955 Bowman 5 Lindon Crow Chicago Cardinals defensive back USC Rookie card

ex $4

nm $10

1955 Bowman Alan Ameche 1955 Bowman 8 Alan Ameche Baltimore Colts fullback Wisconsin College Hall of Fame 1975, Heisman Trophy 1954 Rookie card, error card

Heisman is misspelled on back.

ex $10

nm $35

PSA 8.5
1955 Bowman Len Ford 1955 Bowman 14 Len Ford Cleveland Browns defensive end Michigan, Morgan State Browns Ring of Honor 2010, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1976 Rookie card

ex $15

nm $45

1955 Bowman Volney Peters 1955 Bowman 17 Volney Peters Washington Redskins tackle USC Rookie card

ex $4

nm $12

1955 Bowman Max Boydston 1955 Bowman 18 Max Boydston Chicago Cardinals end Oklahoma Rookie card

ex $4

nm $10

1955 Bowman Lee Riley 1955 Bowman 21 Lee Riley Detroit Lions defensive back Detroit Rookie card

ex $3

nm $10

1955 Bowman Dave Leggett 1955 Bowman 31 Dave Leggett Chicago Cardinals quarterback Ohio State Rookie card

ex $4

nm $12

PSA 8
1955 Bowman Harlon Hill 1955 Bowman 33 Harlon Hill Chicago Bears end North Alabama Rookie card

Hill won the Newspaper Enterprise Association NFL MVP Award in 1955.

ex $3

nm $10


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