Rookie Football Cards

Image Set # Card Title/Players Pro Team Position College Honors Notes Grades available at Nearmint Sports Cards
1951 Bowman Tom Landry 1951 Bowman 20 Tom Landry New York Giants defensive back, coach Texas Pro Football Hall of Fame 1990, Cowboys Ring of Honor 1993 Rookie card PSA 8
1951 Bowman Arnie Weinmeister 1951 Bowman 21 Arnie Weinmeister New York Giants defensive tackle Washington Pro Football Hall of Fame 1984 Rookie card PSA 6, Vg-ex
1951 Bowman Bill Walsh 1951 Bowman 23 Bill Walsh Pittsburgh Steelers center Notre Dame Rookie card

Walsh played for the Steelers from 1949 to 1954.
1951 Bowman Thurman McGraw 1951 Bowman 27 Thurman McGraw Detroit Lions tackle, defensive tackle Colorado State College Hall of Fame 1981 Rookie card ex+
1951 Bowman Vitamin Smith 1951 Bowman 41 Vitamin Smith Los Angeles Rams halfback Abilene Christian Rookie card
1951 Bowman Russ Craft 1951 Bowman 47 Russ Craft Philadelphia Eagles halfback, defensive back Alabama Rookie card vg
1951 Bowman Ed Sprinkle 1951 Bowman 51 Ed Sprinkle Chicago Bears end Hardin-Simmons, Navy Rookie card

Sprinkle played 12 seasons in the NFL, all with the Bears. According to Sprinkle's obituary in the New York Times, George Halas honored Sprinkle by assigning him number 7, Halas's number as a player.
1951 Bowman Lynn Chandnois 1951 Bowman 60 Lynn Chandnois Pittsburgh Steelers halfback Michigan State Rookie card

Chandnois led the NFL with 32.5 yards per kickoff return in 1951.
1951 Bowman Gordon Soltau 1951 Bowman 67 Gordon Soltau San Francisco 49ers end, kicker Minnesota Rookie card

In a game against the Rams in 1951, Soltau scored 26 points on 3 touchdowns, 1 field goal, and 5 extra points. That was a 49ers record until Jerry Rice scored 30 points in a game in 1990.
1951 Bowman Bruce Alford 1951 Bowman 79 Bruce Alford New York Yanks end TCU Rookie card

After his playing career, Alford was an NFL official for 20 years. His son, Bruce Alford Jr., was a kicker for the Redskins and Bills.
1951 Bowman Brad Ecklund 1951 Bowman 81 Brad Ecklund New York Yanks center, linebacker Oregon Rookie card exmt
1951 Bowman Ebert Van Buren 1951 Bowman 84 Ebert Van Buren Philadelphia Eagles fullback, halfback LSU Rookie card

Van Buren played for the Eagles from 1951 to 1953. He and his brother Steve were teammates in 1951.
1951 Bowman John Hoffman 1951 Bowman 87 John Hoffman Chicago Bears halfback Arkansas Rookie card
1951 Bowman Emlen Tunnell 1951 Bowman 91 Emlen Tunnell New York Giants defensive back Iowa, Toledo Pro Football Hall of Fame 1967, Giants Ring of Honor 2010 Rookie card
1951 Bowman Robert Smith 1951 Bowman 101 Robert Smith Detroit Lions defensive back, halfback Tulsa, Iowa Rookie card
1951 Bowman Leon Heath 1951 Bowman 106 Leon Heath Washington Redskins halfback Oklahoma Rookie card
1951 Bowman Bob Boyd 1951 Bowman 113 Bob Boyd Los Angeles Rams end Loyola (L.A.) Rookie card ex
1951 Bowman John Wozniak 1951 Bowman 117 John Wozniak New York Yanks guard Alabama Rookie card

Wozniak played two seasons in the AAFC, three in the NFL, and four in the CFL.
1951 Bowman Ollie Cline 1951 Bowman 134 Ollie Cline Detroit Lions fullback Ohio State Rookie card

Cline won the Big Ten's MVP award, the Chicago Tribune Silver Football, in 1945.
1951 Bowman Fran Polsfoot 1951 Bowman 136 Fran Polsfoot Chicago Cardinals end Washington State Rookie card

Polsfoot was the NFL's 3rd-leading receiver in 1951, with 796 yards.
1951 Topps Magic Jimmy Monahan 1951 Topps Magic 1 Jimmy Monahan halfback Rutgers Rookie card
1951 Topps Magic Bill Wade 1951 Topps Magic 2 Bill Wade quarterback Vanderbilt Rookie card
1951 Topps Magic Bill Reichardt 1951 Topps Magic 3 Bill Reichardt fullback Iowa Rookie card

Reichardt won the Big Ten's MVP award, the Chicago Tribune Silver Football, in 1951.
1951 Topps Magic Babe Parilli 1951 Topps Magic 4 Babe Parilli quarterback Kentucky College Hall of Fame 1982, Patriots Hall of Fame 1993 Rookie card
1951 Topps Magic John Karras 1951 Topps Magic 9 John Karras halfback Illinois Rookie card PSA 5