Rookie Football Cards

Image Set # Card Title/Players Pro Team Position College Honors Notes Grades available at Nearmint Sports Cards
1948 Leaf 83W Fred Folger defensive back, punter Duke Rookie card

white jersey
1948 Leaf Jug Girard 1948 Leaf 84 Jug Girard Green Bay Packers halfback, end Wisconsin Rookie card
1948 Leaf Joe Scott 1948 Leaf 85 Joe Scott New York Giants halfback, end Texas A and M, San Francisco Rookie card
1948 Leaf Bob DeMoss 1948 Leaf 86 Bob DeMoss quarterback Purdue Rookie card
1948 Leaf Dave Templeton 1948 Leaf 87 Dave Templeton guard Ohio State Rookie card
1948 Leaf Herb Siegert 1948 Leaf 88 Herb Siegert guard, linebacker Illinois Rookie card
1948 Leaf William O 1948 Leaf 89 William O'Connor Los Angeles Rams end, defensive end Notre Dame Rookie card
1948 Leaf Joe Whisler 1948 Leaf 90 Joe Whisler fullback Ohio State Rookie card
1948 Leaf Leon Hart 1948 Leaf 91 Leon Hart fullback Notre Dame Heisman Trophy 1949, College Hall of Fame 1973 Rookie card
1948 Leaf Earl Banks 1948 Leaf 92 Earl Banks guard Iowa College Hall of Fame 1992 Rookie card

Banks was the head coach at Morgan State College (now Morgan State University) from 1960 to 1973. His overall record was 96-31-2.
1948 Leaf Frank Aschenbrenner 1948 Leaf 93 Frank Aschenbrenner halfback Marquette, Northwestern Rookie card

Aschenbrenner played one season for the AAFC's Chicago Rockets and one season for the CFL's Montreal Alouettes.
1948 Leaf John Goldsberry 1948 Leaf 94 John Goldsberry tackle, defensive tackle Indiana Rookie card
1948 Leaf Porter Payne 1948 Leaf 95 Porter Payne tackle Georgia Rookie card
1948 Leaf Pete Perini 1948 Leaf 96 Pete Perini quarterback Ohio State Rookie card
1948 Leaf Jay Rhodemyre 1948 Leaf 97 Jay Rhodemyre Green Bay Packers center Kentucky Rookie card
1948 Leaf Alfonso DiMarco 1948 Leaf 98 Alfonso DiMarco quarterback Iowa Rookie card
1950 Bowman John Greene 1950 Bowman 2 John Greene Detroit Lions end Michigan Rookie card

Greene was a lineman in college, and he played guard for the Lions in his first season, 1944. He switched to end in 1945, and he averaged 16.9 yards per catch for his career. 1950 was his last season.
1950 Bowman Bob Nowaskey 1950 Bowman 3 Bob Nowaskey Baltimore Colts end, linebacker George Washington Rookie card, error card

Nowaskey's last name is misspelled "Nowasky" on the back of this card.
1950 Bowman Jonathan Jenkins 1950 Bowman 4 Jonathan Jenkins Baltimore Colts tackle Dartmouth Rookie card

Jenkins played three games for the Colts and one for the New York Yanks in 1950. He had been with the Colts in the AAFC in 1949.
1950 Bowman Y.A. Tittle 1950 Bowman 5 Y.A. Tittle Baltimore Colts quarterback LSU Pro Football Hall of Fame 1971, 49ers Hall of Fame 2009, Giants Ring of Honor 2010 Rookie card

Tittle started his career with the AAFC's Baltimore Colts in 1948. He remained with the team when it joined the NFL in 1950. He led the league in pass completions that year, with 161.
1950 Bowman Lou Groza 1950 Bowman 6 Lou Groza Cleveland Browns tackle, kicker Ohio State Pro Football Hall of Fame 1974, Browns Ring of Honor 2010 Rookie card

Groza played 21 seasons for the Browns, 4 in the AAFC and 17 in the NFL.
PSA 7, PSA 4
1950 Bowman Alex Agase 1950 Bowman 7 Alex Agase Cleveland Browns guard Illinois College Hall of Fame 1963 Rookie card

Agase played 3 seasons for the Chicago Rockets, Los Angeles Dons, and Cleveland Browns of the AAFC, then 3 seasons for the Browns and Baltimore Colts of the NFL. He later held head coaching jobs at Northwestern and Purdue.
1950 Bowman Mac Speedie 1950 Bowman 8 Mac Speedie Cleveland Browns end Utah Rookie card

Speedie played from 1946 to 1952 for the Browns, then he played three seasons in the CFL. He was a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1970, 1972, and 1983. See my Almost Hall of Famers page.
1950 Bowman Tony Canadeo 1950 Bowman 9 Tony Canadeo Green Bay Packers halfback Gonzaga Packers Hall of Fame 1973, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1974 Rookie card

Canadeo played from 1941 to 1952 for the Packers. He missed most of the 1944 season and all of the 1945 season to serve in World War II.
PSA 7, PSA 5, PSA 4.5
1950 Bowman Larry Craig 1950 Bowman 10 Larry Craig Green Bay Packers end South Carolina Packers Hall of Fame 1973 Rookie card

Craig played from 1939 to 1949 for the Packers. He did not play in 1950, the year he finally appeared on a football card.