Rookie Football Cards
|Image||Set||#||Card Title/Players||Pro Team||Position||College||Honors||Notes||Grades available at Nearmint Sports Cards|
|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||21||Arnie Weinmeister||New York Giants||defensive tackle||Washington||Pro Football Hall of Fame 1984||Rookie card|
|1951 Bowman||23||Bill Walsh||Pittsburgh Steelers||center||Notre Dame||Rookie card
Walsh played for the Steelers from 1949 to 1954.
|1951 Bowman||27||Thurman McGraw||Detroit Lions||tackle, defensive tackle||Colorado State||College Hall of Fame 1981||Rookie card||ex+|
|1951 Bowman||41||Vitamin Smith||Los Angeles Rams||halfback||Abilene Christian||Rookie card|
|1951 Bowman||47||Russ Craft||Philadelphia Eagles||halfback, defensive back||Alabama||Rookie card|
|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||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||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||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 Jr., was a kicker for the Redskins and Bills.
|1951 Bowman||81||Brad Ecklund||New York Yanks||center, linebacker||Oregon||Rookie card||exmt|
|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||87||John Hoffman||Chicago Bears||halfback||Arkansas||Rookie card||vg+|
|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||101||Robert Smith||Detroit Lions||defensive back, halfback||Tulsa, Iowa||Rookie card|
|1951 Bowman||106||Leon Heath||Washington Redskins||halfback||Oklahoma||Rookie card|
|1951 Bowman||113||Bob Boyd||Los Angeles Rams||end||Loyola (L.A.)||Rookie card||ex|
|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||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||1||Jimmy Monahan||halfback||Rutgers||Rookie card|
|1951 Topps Magic||2||Bill Wade||quarterback||Vanderbilt||Rookie card||PSA 6|
|1951 Topps Magic||4||Babe Parilli||quarterback||Kentucky||College Hall of Fame 1982, Patriots Hall of Fame 1993||Rookie card|
|1951 Topps Magic||9||John Karras||halfback||Illinois||Rookie card||PSA 5|
|1951 Topps Magic||10||Vic Janowicz||halfback||Ohio State||Heisman Trophy 1950, College Hall of Fame 1976||Rookie card||PSA 5|
|1951 Topps Magic||19||Marion Campbell||defensive end||Georgia||Rookie card|
|1951 Topps Magic||30||Bert Rechichar||defensive back||Tennessee||Rookie card||PSA 6|
|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||68||Joe Johnson||halfback||Boston College||Rookie card||PSA 7 oc|
|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||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||14||Paul Brown||Cleveland Browns||coach||Miami Ohio||Pro Football Hall of Fame 1967, Browns Ring of Honor 2010||Rookie card|
|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||21||Bill Howton||Green Bay Packers||end||Rice||Packers Hall of Fame 1974||Rookie card|
|1952 Bowman Large||22||Ken Snyder||Philadelphia Eagles||tackle||Georgia Tech||Rookie card|
|1952 Bowman Large||23||Gino Marchetti||Dallas Texans||defensive end||San Francisco||Pro Football Hall of Fame 1972||Rookie card|
|1952 Bowman Large||26||Tommy Thompson||Cleveland Browns||linebacker, center||William and Mary||Rookie card|
|1952 Bowman Large||27||Bob Miller||Detroit Lions||tackle, defensive tackle||Virginia||Rookie card, short print|
|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||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||poor|
|1952 Bowman Large||36||John Lee Hancock||Chicago Cardinals||guard||Baylor||Rookie card, short print|
|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||48||George Halas||Chicago Bears||coach, end||Illinois||Pro Football Hall of Fame 1963||Rookie card||SGC 86|
|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||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|
|1952 Bowman Large||60||Bill McColl||Chicago Bears||end||Stanford||College Hall of Fame 1973||Rookie card||PSA 8|
|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|
|1952 Bowman Large||62||Walt Michaels||Cleveland Browns||linebacker||Washington and Lee||Rookie card|
|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.
|1952 Bowman Large||72||John Schweder||Pittsburgh Steelers||guard||Pennsylvania||Rookie card, short print|
|1952 Bowman Large||76||Herman Clark||Chicago Bears||guard||Oregon State||Rookie card
According to his page at the Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame, Clark help bring the NFL Pro Bowl to Hawaii.