Rookie Football Cards

Image Set # Card Title/Players Pro Team Position College Honors Notes Grades available at Nearmint Sports Cards
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.
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1954 Bowman Zeke Bratkowski 1954 Bowman 11 Zeke Bratkowski Chicago Bears quarterback Georgia Packers Hall of Fame 1989 Rookie card PSA 7, exmt
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.
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1954 Bowman Norm Willey 1954 Bowman 21 Norm Willey Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Marshall Rookie card
1954 Bowman George Blanda 1954 Bowman 23 George Blanda Chicago Bears quarterback, kicker Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame 1981 Rookie card 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.
1954 Bowman Joe Arenas 1954 Bowman 30 Joe Arenas San Francisco 49ers halfback Nebraska - Omaha Rookie card nm
1954 Bowman Ray Wietecha 1954 Bowman 31 Ray Wietecha New York Giants center Northwestern, Michigan State Rookie card exmt
1954 Bowman Harold Giancanelli 1954 Bowman 33 Harold Giancanelli Philadelphia Eagles halfback Loyola (L.A.) Rookie card exmt+
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.
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1954 Bowman John Martinkovic 1954 Bowman 80 John Martinkovic Green Bay Packers defensive end Xavier Packers Hall of Fame 1974 Rookie card, short print
1954 Bowman Dale Dodrill 1954 Bowman 81 Dale Dodrill Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Colorado State Steelers Legends Team Rookie card, short print
1954 Bowman Dave Hanner 1954 Bowman 88 Dave Hanner Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Arkansas Packers Hall of Fame 1974 Rookie card, short print PSA 6
1954 Bowman Don Heinrich 1954 Bowman 92 Don Heinrich New York Giants quarterback, coach Washington College Hall of Fame 1987 Rookie card, short print

Heinrich led the NCAA in pass completions in 1950 and 1952.
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1954 Bowman Stan West 1954 Bowman 103 Stan West Los Angeles Rams guard Oklahoma Rookie card exmt
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.
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1954 Bowman Steve Meilinger 1954 Bowman 110 Steve Meilinger Washington Redskins end Kentucky College Hall of Fame 2013 Rookie card nm+
1954 Bowman Al Carmichael 1954 Bowman 115 Al Carmichael Green Bay Packers halfback USC Packers Hall of Fame 1974 Rookie card
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.
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1954 Bowman John Lattner 1954 Bowman 128 John Lattner Pittsburgh Steelers halfback Notre Dame Heisman Trophy 1953, College Hall of Fame 1979 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.
1955 Bowman Mike McCormack 1955 Bowman 2 Mike McCormack Cleveland Browns tackle Kansas Pro Football Hall of Fame 1984, Browns Ring of Honor 2010 Rookie card PSA 7
1955 Bowman Lindon Crow 1955 Bowman 5 Lindon Crow Chicago Cardinals defensive back USC Rookie card
1955 Bowman Alan Ameche 1955 Bowman 8 Alan Ameche Baltimore Colts fullback Wisconsin Heisman Trophy 1954, College Hall of Fame 1975 Rookie card, error card

Heisman is misspelled on back of this card.
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1955 Bowman Len Ford 1955 Bowman 14 Len Ford Cleveland Browns defensive end Michigan, Morgan State Pro Football Hall of Fame 1976, Browns Ring of Honor 2010 Rookie card
1955 Bowman Volney Peters 1955 Bowman 17 Volney Peters Washington Redskins tackle USC Rookie card PSA 7