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
1955 Topps All-American Doc Blanchard 1955 Topps All-American 59 Doc Blanchard fullback Army College Hall of Fame 1959, Heisman Trophy 1945 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.

vg $12

ex $24

nm $65

1955 Topps All-American Benny Friedman 1955 Topps All-American 64 Benny Friedman quarterback Michigan College Hall of Fame 1951, Pro Football Hall of Fame 2005 Rookie card

vg $15

ex $30

nm $85

PSA 6, PSA 5, exmt
1955 Topps All-American Bruiser Kinard 1955 Topps All-American 66 Bruiser Kinard tackle Mississippi College Hall of Fame 1951, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1971 Rookie card

Kinard's brothers, George and Billy, also played professional football.

vg $15

ex $30

nm $85

1955 Topps All-American Frank Sinkwich 1955 Topps All-American 69 Frank Sinkwich halfback Georgia College Hall of Fame 1954, Heisman Trophy 1942 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.

vg $12

ex $24

nm $90

nm oc
1955 Topps All-American Angelo Bertelli 1955 Topps All-American 76 Angelo Bertelli quarterback Notre Dame College Hall of Fame 1972, Heisman Trophy 1943 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.

vg $12

ex $24

nm $100

PSA 7, PSA 6
1955 Topps All-American Jay Berwanger 1955 Topps All-American 78 Jay Berwanger halfback Chicago College Hall of Fame 1954, Heisman Trophy 1935 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.

vg $12

ex $24

nm $65

PSA 8, BVG 7, PSA 6, PSA 5, exmt oc
1955 Topps All-American Ace Parker 1955 Topps All-American 84 Ace Parker quarterback Duke College Hall of Fame 1955, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1972 Rookie card

Before his death in November 2013, Parker was the oldest living pro football player. He was 101 years old.

vg $15

ex $30

nm $85

BVG 6.5
1955 Topps All-American Don Hutson 1955 Topps All-American 97 Don Hutson end Alabama College Hall of Fame 1951, Packers Hall of Fame 1972, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1963 Rookie card

vg $70

ex $150

nm $420

PSA 7, PSA 6, BVG 7, PSA 5
1955 Topps All-American Fats Henry 1955 Topps All-American 100 Fats Henry tackle Washington and Jefferson College Hall of Fame 1951, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1963 Rookie card

vg $15

ex $30

nm $85

PSA 6, PSA 4
1956 Topps Alex Webster 1956 Topps 5 Alex Webster New York Giants halfback North Carolina State Giants Ring of Honor 2011 Rookie card

Webster played for the Giants from 1955 to 1964.

ex $7

nm $22

1956 Topps Dave Mann 1956 Topps 34 Dave Mann Chicago Cardinals halfback Oregon State Rookie card, short print

Mann played for the Chicago Cardinals from 1955 to 1957, and for the CFL's Toronto Argonauts in 1958 and from 1960 to 1970.

ex $5

nm $34

1956 Topps Roosevelt Brown 1956 Topps 41 Roosevelt Brown New York Giants tackle Morgan State Giants Ring of Honor 2010, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1975 Rookie card

ex $16

nm $35

1956 Topps Gary Knafelc 1956 Topps 43 Gary Knafelc Green Bay Packers end Colorado Packers Hall of Fame 1996 Rookie card

ex $7

nm $18

exmt
1956 Topps Joe Schmidt 1956 Topps 44 Joe Schmidt Detroit Lions linebacker Pittsburgh College Hall of Fame 2000, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1973 Rookie card

ex $16

nm $35

vg
1956 Topps Len Teeuws 1956 Topps 46 Len Teeuws Chicago Cardinals tackle Tulane Rookie card, short print

ex $5

nm $34

PSA 7
1956 Topps Bill George 1956 Topps 47 Bill George Chicago Bears linebacker, guard Wake Forest Pro Football Hall of Fame 1974 Rookie card

ex $20

nm $50

ex
1956 Topps Lenny Moore 1956 Topps 60 Lenny Moore Baltimore Colts halfback Penn State Pro Football Hall of Fame 1975 Rookie card

Moore was named the 1956 UPI NFL Rookie of the Year.

ex $16

nm $30

1956 Topps Bob Pellegrini 1956 Topps 64 Bob Pellegrini Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Maryland College Hall of Fame 1996 Rookie card

Pellegrini was the All-Stars' MVP in the 1956 College All-Star game against the Cleveland Browns. The Browns beat the All-Stars 26-0.

ex $5

nm $12

exmt
1956 Topps Will Sherman 1956 Topps 66 Will Sherman Los Angeles Rams defensive back St. Mary's Rookie card

ex $5

nm $10

1956 Topps Dave Middleton 1956 Topps 68 Dave Middleton Detroit Lions end Auburn Rookie card

ex $5

nm $18

nm
1956 Topps Stan Jones 1956 Topps 71 Stan Jones Chicago Bears guard Maryland College Hall of Fame 2000, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1991 Rookie card

ex $12

nm $15

exmt
1956 Topps Jim Mutscheller 1956 Topps 72 Jim Mutscheller Baltimore Colts end Notre Dame Rookie card

ex $5

nm $26

PSA 6, nm
1956 Topps Bill Forester 1956 Topps 79 Bill Forester Green Bay Packers linebacker SMU Packers Hall of Fame 1974 Rookie card

ex $5

nm $14

PSA 7, exmt
1956 Topps Jim Doran 1956 Topps 80 Jim Doran Detroit Lions end, defensive end Iowa State, Buena Vista Rookie card

ex $5

nm $16

exmt
1956 Topps Roosevelt Grier 1956 Topps 101 Roosevelt Grier New York Giants defensive tackle Penn State Rookie card

ex $10

nm $22

1956 Topps Ron Waller 1956 Topps 102 Ron Waller Los Angeles Rams halfback Maryland Rookie card

ex $5

nm $10

1956 Topps George Shaw 1956 Topps 108 George Shaw Baltimore Colts quarterback Oregon Rookie card

The Colts chose Shaw with the first overall pick in the 1955 NFL draft.

ex $5

nm $18

nm oc
1956 Topps Billy Vessels 1956 Topps 120 Billy Vessels Baltimore Colts halfback Oklahoma College Hall of Fame 1974, Heisman Trophy 1952 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.

ex $10

nm $30

1957 Topps Pete Retzlaff 1957 Topps 2 Pete Retzlaff Philadelphia Eagles end South Dakota State Eagles Honor Roll 1989 Rookie card

ex $6

nm $24

1957 Topps Lou Baldacci 1957 Topps 4 Lou Baldacci Pittsburgh Steelers halfback Michigan Rookie card

ex $5

nm $14

1957 Topps Torgy Torgeson 1957 Topps 12 Torgy Torgeson Washington Redskins linebacker, coach Washington State Rookie card

ex $4

nm $12

nm oc
1957 Topps Jack Butler 1957 Topps 15 Jack Butler Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back St. Bonaventure Pro Football Hall of Fame 2012 Rookie card

ex $25

nm $75

PSA 8, PSA 6, PSA 6 st, PSA 5, ex
1957 Topps Perry Jeter 1957 Topps 19 Perry Jeter Chicago Bears halfback California Polytechnic Rookie card

ex $5

nm $14

nm+
1957 Topps Don Chandler 1957 Topps 23 Don Chandler New York Giants kicker, halfback Florida Packers Hall of Fame 1975 Rookie card

ex $5

nm $18

1957 Topps Leo Elter 1957 Topps 36 Leo Elter Washington Redskins fullback Villanova Rookie card

ex $4

nm $10

exmt
1957 Topps Clarence Peaks 1957 Topps 37 Clarence Peaks Philadelphia Eagles fullback Michigan State Rookie card

ex $4

nm $10

1957 Topps Gene Gedman 1957 Topps 44 Gene Gedman Detroit Lions halfback Indiana Rookie card

ex $4

nm $10

1957 Topps Sam Baker 1957 Topps 72 Sam Baker Washington Redskins fullback, kicker Oregon State Rookie card

ex $4

nm $12

1957 Topps Sid Watson 1957 Topps 75 Sid Watson Pittsburgh Steelers halfback Northeastern Rookie card

ex $4

nm $14

PSA 6, nm
1957 Topps Clyde Conner 1957 Topps 78 Clyde Conner San Francisco 49ers end Pacific Rookie card

Conner played in the NFL for eight seasons,1956 to 1963, all with the 49ers.

ex $4

nm $14

1957 Topps J.C. Caroline 1957 Topps 79 J.C. Caroline Chicago Bears defensive back Illinois College Hall of Fame 1980 Rookie card

Caroline played for the Toronto Argonauts and Montreal Alouettes in 1955, then joined the Bears in 1956. He played for the Bears until 1965.

ex $4

nm $12

ex
1957 Topps Howard Cassady 1957 Topps 80 Howard Cassady Detroit Lions halfback Ohio State College Hall of Fame 1979, Heisman Trophy 1955 Rookie card

ex $10

nm $25

vg
1957 Topps Jim Patton 1957 Topps 83 Jim Patton New York Giants defensive back Mississippi Rookie card

ex $3

nm $10

nm
1957 Topps Dick Lane 1957 Topps 85 Dick Lane Chicago Cardinals defensive back Scottsbluff Junior College Cardinals Ring of Honor 2006, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1974 Rookie card

ex $50

nm $150

exmt
1957 Topps Duane Putnam 1957 Topps 87 Duane Putnam Los Angeles Rams guard Pacific Rookie card

ex $3

nm $10

nm
1957 Topps Preston Carpenter 1957 Topps 93 Preston Carpenter Cleveland Browns halfback Arkansas Rookie card

ex $4

nm $12

nm
1957 Topps Raymond Berry 1957 Topps 94 Raymond Berry Baltimore Colts end SMU Pro Football Hall of Fame 1973 Rookie card

ex $75

nm $225

1957 Topps Joe Childress 1957 Topps 100 Joe Childress Chicago Cardinals halfback Auburn Rookie card

ex $5

nm $20

nm, PSA 6
1957 Topps Earl Morrall 1957 Topps 104 Earl Morrall San Francisco 49ers quarterback Michigan State Rookie card

ex $5

nm $30

1957 Topps Larry Strickland 1957 Topps 105 Larry Strickland Chicago Bears center North Texas Rookie card

ex $5

nm $18

exmt

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