Rookie Football Cards

Image Set # Card Title/Players Pro Team Position College Honors Notes Grades available at Nearmint Sports Cards
1955 Topps All-American Mel Hein 1955 Topps All-American 28 Mel Hein center Washington State College Hall of Fame 1954, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1963, Giants Ring of Honor 2010 Rookie card PSA 8, BVG 8, PSA 6
1955 Topps All-American George Sauer Sr. 1955 Topps All-American 31 George Sauer Sr. fullback Nebraska College Hall of Fame 1954 Rookie card

Sauer played three seasons for the Green Bay Packers.
1955 Topps All-American Davey O 1955 Topps All-American 34 Davey O'Brien quarterback TCU Heisman Trophy 1938, College Hall of Fame 1955 Rookie card

O'Brien played two seasons for the Philadelphia Eagles. In 1939, his rookie year, he broke Sammy Baugh's NFL record for most yards passing in a season. According to his page on the Heisman Trophy web site, he retired to become an FBI agent.
BVG 8
1955 Topps All-American Tom Harmon 1955 Topps All-American 35 Tom Harmon halfback Michigan Heisman Trophy 1940, College Hall of Fame 1954 Rookie card

The Chicago Bears chose Harmon with the first overall pick in the 1941 NFL draft.
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1955 Topps All-American Amos Alonzo Stagg 1955 Topps All-American 38 Amos Alonzo Stagg coach Yale College Hall of Fame 1951 Rookie card nm-mt oc
1955 Topps All-American Eddie Tryon 1955 Topps All-American 42 Eddie Tryon halfback Colgate College Hall of Fame 1963 Rookie card PSA 8, PSA 7
1955 Topps All-American Bo McMillin 1955 Topps All-American 47 Bo McMillin quarterback Centre College Hall of Fame 1951 Rookie card, error card

Last name misspelled "McMillan."
PSA 6
1955 Topps All-American Ernie Nevers 1955 Topps All-American 56 Ernie Nevers fullback Stanford College Hall of Fame 1951, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1963, Cardinals Ring of Honor 2006 Rookie card
1955 Topps All-American Doc Blanchard 1955 Topps All-American 59 Doc Blanchard fullback Army Heisman Trophy 1945, College Hall of Fame 1959 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.
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

Friedman was inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1979.
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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.
PSA 7
1955 Topps All-American Frank Sinkwich 1955 Topps All-American 69 Frank Sinkwich halfback Georgia Heisman Trophy 1942, College Hall of Fame 1954 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.
1955 Topps All-American Angelo Bertelli 1955 Topps All-American 76 Angelo Bertelli quarterback Notre Dame Heisman Trophy 1943, College Hall of Fame 1972 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.
PSA 7
1955 Topps All-American Jay Berwanger 1955 Topps All-American 78 Jay Berwanger halfback Chicago Heisman Trophy 1935, College Hall of Fame 1954 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.
BVG 7
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.
BVG 6.5
1955 Topps All-American Don Hutson 1955 Topps All-American 97 Don Hutson end Alabama College Hall of Fame 1951, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1963, Packers Hall of Fame 1972 Rookie card 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
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.
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.
1956 Topps Roosevelt Brown 1956 Topps 41 Roosevelt Brown New York Giants tackle Morgan State Pro Football Hall of Fame 1975, Giants Ring of Honor 2010 Rookie card
1956 Topps Gary Knafelc 1956 Topps 43 Gary Knafelc Green Bay Packers end Colorado Packers Hall of Fame 1996 Rookie card exmt
1956 Topps Joe Schmidt 1956 Topps 44 Joe Schmidt Detroit Lions linebacker Pittsburgh Pro Football Hall of Fame 1973, College Hall of Fame 2000 Rookie card vg
1956 Topps Len Teeuws 1956 Topps 46 Len Teeuws Chicago Cardinals tackle Tulane Rookie card, short print
1956 Topps Bill George 1956 Topps 47 Bill George Chicago Bears linebacker, guard Wake Forest Pro Football Hall of Fame 1974 Rookie card 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.