1926 Spalding Champions Football Cards

The 1926 Spalding Champions set, sometimes called the 1926 Sports Company of America set, contains 210 cards. It is a multi-sport set, with sports as diverse as balloon racing, surfcasting, and checkers. You can see the full list of Spalding cards at oddlyquirky.com. Fourteen of the cards picture football players; they are pictured below. Among the fourteen are pre-roookie cards of Bennie Friedman and Ernie Nevers, both Hall of Famers, whose generally accepted rookie cards appear in the 1955 Topps All-American set. I have added the Friedman and Nevers cards to my pre-rookie card page. Another card, Bo McMillin, has two errors: his name is misspelled "McMillan," and the player on the card is actually someone else. You can see a photo of the real Bo McMillin on my page of football cards that picture the wrong player.

There is a picture of a sheet of 206 Spalding cards on the Legendary Auctions web site. There are spaces at the bottom of the sheet for four more cards, so apparently other sheets were printed that held all 210 cards in the set. I have not studied the 206-card sheet to see which four cards are missing.

To see a large picture of any card (or stamp, sticker, etc.) in the Gallery, click on the small picture or the title.

Picture Set # Card Title/Players Pro Team Position College Honors Notes Est. Retail Value (?) Grades available at nearmintcards.com
1926 Spalding Champions Peggy Flournoy 1926 Spalding Champions 1 Peggy Flournoy halfback Tulane

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1926 Spalding Champions Benny Friedman 1926 Spalding Champions 2 Benny Friedman quarterback Michigan College Hall of Fame 1951, Pro Football Hall of Fame 2005 Pre-rookie card

Friedman was inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1979.

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1926 Spalding Champions Ed Garbisch 1926 Spalding Champions 3 Ed Garbisch center Army College Hall of Fame 1954

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1926 Spalding Champions Homer Hazel 1926 Spalding Champions 4 Homer Hazel fullback, end Rutgers College Hall of Fame 1951

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1926 Spalding Champions Walter Koppisch 1926 Spalding Champions 5 Walter Koppisch halfback Columbia College Hall of Fame 1981

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1926 Spalding Champions Ed McGinley 1926 Spalding Champions 6 Ed McGinley tackle Pennsylvania College Hall of Fame 1979

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1926 Spalding Champions Bo McMillin 1926 Spalding Champions 7 Bo McMillin quarterback Centre College Hall of Fame 1951 Error card

There are two errors on this card: McMillin's name is misspelled "McMillan," and the card pictures someone else. For other cards that picture the wrong player, see my Mistaken Identities page.

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1926 Spalding Champions Harry Stuhldreher 1926 Spalding Champions 8 Harry Stuhldreher quarterback Notre Dame College Hall of Fame 1958

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1926 Spalding Champions Brick Muller 1926 Spalding Champions 9 Brick Muller end California College Hall of Fame 1951 Muller played and coached for the Los Angeles Buccaneers in the team's only season in the NFL, 1926.

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1926 Spalding Champions Ernie Nevers 1926 Spalding Champions 10 Ernie Nevers fullback Stanford Cardinals Ring of Honor 2006, College Hall of Fame 1951, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1963 Pre-rookie card

For more pre-rookie cards, see my pre-rookie card page.

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1926 Spalding Champions Swede Oberlander 1926 Spalding Champions 11 Swede Oberlander halfback Dartmouth

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1926 Spalding Champions Eddie Tryon 1926 Spalding Champions 12 Eddie Tryon halfback Colgate College Hall of Fame 1963

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1926 Spalding Champions Ed Weir 1926 Spalding Champions 13 Ed Weir tackle Nebraska College Hall of Fame 1951

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1926 Spalding Champions George Wilson 1926 Spalding Champions 14 George Wilson tailback Washington College Hall of Fame 1951 'Wildcat' Wilson played for the NFL's Providence Steam Roller from 1927 to 1929. His brother, Abe, also played for Providence.

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