Rookie Football Cards

Image Set # Card Title/Players Pro Team Position College Honors Notes Grades available at Nearmint Sports Cards
1948 Bowman Pat West 1948 Bowman 38 Pat West Los Angeles Rams fullback Pittsburgh, USC Rookie card

West played four seasons for the Rams and Packers. His brother, Walt, played for the Cleveland Rams in 1944.
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1948 Bowman Russ Thomas 1948 Bowman 39 Russ Thomas Detroit Lions tackle Ohio State Rookie card, short print vg
1948 Bowman James Peebles 1948 Bowman 40 James Peebles Washington Redskins end Vanderbilt Rookie card PSA 6, exmt, PSA 4
1948 Bowman Bob Skoglund 1948 Bowman 41 Bob Skoglund Green Bay Packers end Notre Dame Rookie card PSA 7.5
1948 Bowman Walt Stickel 1948 Bowman 42 Walt Stickel Chicago Bears tackle Tulsa, Pennsylvania Rookie card, short print PSA 6, ex
1948 Bowman Al Wistert 1948 Bowman 43 Al Wistert Philadelphia Eagles tackle Michigan College Hall of Fame 1968, Eagles Honor Roll 2009 Rookie card vg-ex
1948 Bowman Paul Christman 1948 Bowman 44 Paul Christman Chicago Cardinals quarterback Missouri College Hall of Fame 1956 Rookie card

Christman placed third in voting for the Heisman Trophy in 1939, and fifth in 1940. See my page of football cards of Heisman candidates.
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1948 Bowman Jay Rhodemyre 1948 Bowman 45 Jay Rhodemyre Green Bay Packers center Kentucky Rookie card, short print
1948 Bowman Skip Minisi 1948 Bowman 46 Skip Minisi New York Giants halfback Pennsylvania, Navy College Hall of Fame 1985 Rookie card PSA 7, PSA 6
1948 Bowman Bob Mann 1948 Bowman 47 Bob Mann Detroit Lions end Michigan Packers Hall of Fame 1988 Rookie card PSA 6, exmt
1948 Bowman Mal Kutner 1948 Bowman 48 Mal Kutner Chicago Cardinals end Texas College Hall of Fame 1974 Rookie card, short print vg-ex
1948 Bowman Dick Poillon 1948 Bowman 49 Dick Poillon Washington Redskins halfback Canisius Rookie card

Poillon returned a fumble 93 years for a touchdown in a 1948 game against the Eagles. Then he kicked the extra point.
PSA 6.5, vg
1948 Bowman Charles Cherundolo 1948 Bowman 50 Charles Cherundolo Pittsburgh Steelers center, coach Penn State Steelers Legends Team Rookie card

Before he passed away, Cherundolo had been the fourth-oldest living professional football player. He died at age 96.
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1948 Bowman Gerard Cowhig 1948 Bowman 51 Gerard Cowhig Los Angeles Rams fullback Notre Dame Rookie card, short print PSA 8, vg-ex
1948 Bowman Neill Armstrong 1948 Bowman 52 Neill Armstrong Philadelphia Eagles end, coach Oklahoma State Rookie card, error card

Armstrong's first name is misspelled "Neil" on the back of this card.
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1948 Bowman Frank Maznicki 1948 Bowman 53 Frank Maznicki Boston Yanks halfback Boston College Rookie card
1948 Bowman John Sanchez 1948 Bowman 54 John Sanchez Washington Redskins tackle Los Angeles City, San Francisco Rookie card, short print vg
1948 Bowman Frank Reagan 1948 Bowman 55 Frank Reagan New York Giants quarterback, defensive back Pennsylvania Rookie card

Reagan intercepted 10 passes in 1947, tying Frank Seno for most in the NFL.
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1948 Bowman Jim Hardy 1948 Bowman 56 Jim Hardy Los Angeles Rams quarterback USC Rookie card

Hardy had 8 passes intercepted in a game in 1950. That is still an NFL record.
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1948 Bowman John Badaczewski 1948 Bowman 57 John Badaczewski Boston Yanks guard Case Western Rookie card, short print ex+
1948 Bowman Robert Nussbaumer 1948 Bowman 58 Robert Nussbaumer Washington Redskins halfback, defensive back Michigan Rookie card PSA 7, PSA 6, fair
1948 Bowman Mervin Pregulman 1948 Bowman 59 Mervin Pregulman Detroit Lions center, guard Michigan College Hall of Fame 1982 Rookie card vg-ex
1948 Bowman Elbert Nickel 1948 Bowman 60 Elbert Nickel Pittsburgh Steelers end Cincinnati Steelers Legends Team Rookie card, short print
1948 Bowman Alex Wojciechowicz 1948 Bowman 61 Alex Wojciechowicz Philadelphia Eagles center Fordham College Hall of Fame 1955, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1968, Eagles Honor Roll 1987 Rookie card

Wojciechowicz placed fourth in voting for the Heisman Trophy in 1937. See my football cards of Heisman candidates page.
PSA 5, PSA 5 mk, vg
1948 Bowman Walt Schlinkman 1948 Bowman 62 Walt Schlinkman Green Bay Packers fullback Texas Tech Rookie card PSA 8, ex