Rookie Football Cards

Image Set # Card Title/Players Pro Team Position College Honors Notes Grades available at Nearmint Sports Cards
1951 Topps Magic Vic Janowicz 1951 Topps Magic 10 Vic Janowicz halfback Ohio State Heisman Trophy 1950, College Hall of Fame 1976 Rookie card

Janowicz played baseball for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1953 and 1954. You can see his 1954 Bowman baseball card on the Gallery's Cards in Multiple Sports page.
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1951 Topps Magic Marion Campbell 1951 Topps Magic 19 Marion Campbell defensive end Georgia Rookie card
1951 Topps Magic Bert Rechichar 1951 Topps Magic 30 Bert Rechichar defensive back Tennessee Rookie card PSA 6
1951 Topps Magic Bob Reynolds 1951 Topps Magic 53 Bob Reynolds halfback Nebraska College Hall of Fame 1984 Rookie card

Reynolds placed fifth in voting for the 1950 Heisman Trophy. See my page of football cards of Heisman candidates.
1951 Topps Magic Joe Johnson 1951 Topps Magic 68 Joe Johnson halfback Boston College Rookie card PSA 7 oc
1951 Topps Magic John Bright 1951 Topps Magic 72 John Bright halfback Drake Canadian Football Hall of Fame 1970, College Hall of Fame 1984 Rookie card

Bright placed fifth in voting for the 1951 Heisman Trophy. See my page of football cards of Heisman candidates.
1952 Bowman Large Steve Owen 1952 Bowman Large 4 Steve Owen New York Giants tackle, coach Phillips Pro Football Hall of Fame 1966, Giants Ring of Honor 2010 Rookie card

Owen played 9 seasons in the NFL, and he was the head coach of the Giants for 23 years.
1952 Bowman Large Paul Brown 1952 Bowman Large 14 Paul Brown Cleveland Browns coach Miami Ohio Pro Football Hall of Fame 1967, Browns Ring of Honor 2010 Rookie card
1952 Bowman Large Frank Gifford 1952 Bowman Large 16 Frank Gifford New York Giants halfback USC, Bakersfield College College Hall of Fame 1975, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1977 Rookie card
1952 Bowman Large Bill Howton 1952 Bowman Large 21 Bill Howton Green Bay Packers end Rice Packers Hall of Fame 1974 Rookie card
1952 Bowman Large Ken Snyder 1952 Bowman Large 22 Ken Snyder Philadelphia Eagles tackle Georgia Tech Rookie card
1952 Bowman Large Gino Marchetti 1952 Bowman Large 23 Gino Marchetti Dallas Texans defensive end San Francisco Pro Football Hall of Fame 1972 Rookie card PSA 5
1952 Bowman Large Tommy Thompson 1952 Bowman Large 26 Tommy Thompson Cleveland Browns linebacker, center William and Mary Rookie card
1952 Bowman Large Bob Miller 1952 Bowman Large 27 Bob Miller Detroit Lions tackle, defensive tackle Virginia Rookie card, short print
1952 Bowman Large Kyle Rote 1952 Bowman Large 28 Kyle Rote New York Giants end SMU College Hall of Fame 1964 Rookie card, short print

The Giants chose Rote with the first overall pick in the 1951 NFL draft.
1952 Bowman Large Hugh McElhenny 1952 Bowman Large 29 Hugh McElhenny San Francisco 49ers halfback Washington Pro Football Hall of Fame 1970, College Hall of Fame 1981, 49ers Hall of Fame 2009 Rookie card
1952 Bowman Large John Lee Hancock 1952 Bowman Large 36 John Lee Hancock Chicago Cardinals guard Baylor Rookie card, short print
1952 Bowman Large Art Donovan 1952 Bowman Large 46 Art Donovan Dallas Texans defensive tackle Boston College, Notre Dame Pro Football Hall of Fame 1968 Rookie card, short print PSA 8
1952 Bowman Large George Halas 1952 Bowman Large 48 George Halas Chicago Bears coach, end Illinois Pro Football Hall of Fame 1963 Rookie card SGC 86
1952 Bowman Large Joe Bach 1952 Bowman Large 53 Joe Bach Pittsburgh Steelers coach Notre Dame Rookie card

In college, Bach was one of Notre Dame's "Seven Mules," the offensive line who led the way for the legendary Four Horsemen. The other six Mules were Ed Hunsinger, Edgar "Rip" Miller, Noble Kizer, Adam Walsh, John Weibel, and Chuck Collins.
1952 Bowman Large Wayne Millner 1952 Bowman Large 57 Wayne Millner Philadelphia Eagles end, coach Notre Dame Redskins Ring of Fame, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1968, College Hall of Fame 1990 Rookie card PSA 6
1952 Bowman Large Bill McColl 1952 Bowman Large 60 Bill McColl Chicago Bears end Stanford College Hall of Fame 1973 Rookie card
1952 Bowman Large Les Richter 1952 Bowman Large 61 Les Richter Los Angeles Rams linebacker California College Hall of Fame 1982, Pro Football Hall of Fame 2011 Rookie card PSA 5, PSA 4, PSA 3.5, PSA 3
1952 Bowman Large Walt Michaels 1952 Bowman Large 62 Walt Michaels Cleveland Browns linebacker Washington and Lee Rookie card
1952 Bowman Large Jim Clark 1952 Bowman Large 66 Jim Clark Washington Redskins guard, tackle Oregon State Rookie card

Clark's younger brother, Herman Clark, played for the Chicago Bears.
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