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1952 Wheaties Football Cards

There are sixty cards in the multi-sport 1962 Wheaties set: a portrait card and an action card for each of thirty athletes. The cards were printed on the backs and sides of Wheaties cereal boxes, ten to a box. You can see five of the six ten-card panels in a thread in the Collectors Universe forums, and there is a checklist of all sixty cards at oldbaseball.com.

The twelve football cards in the set are pictured below. The cards are not numbered, so I listed them in alphabetical order. For more information on other vintage football cards that were distributed with food, see my blog article, W is for Wonder Bread.

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
1952 Wheaties Glenn Davis in Action 1952 Wheaties 1 Glenn Davis in Action Davis was nicknamed "Mr. Outside" at Army; his teammate, Doc Blanchard, was nicknamed "Mr. Inside."

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mint $60

Glenn Davis Los Angeles Rams halfback Army, Cal Poly-Pomona College Hall of Fame 1961, Heisman Trophy 1946
1952 Wheaties Glenn Davis Portrait 1952 Wheaties 2 Glenn Davis Portrait Davis did not play in 1952; a knee injury had ended his career.

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mint $80

Glenn Davis Los Angeles Rams halfback Army, Cal Poly-Pomona College Hall of Fame 1961, Heisman Trophy 1946
1952 Wheaties Tom Fears in Action 1952 Wheaties 3 Tom Fears in Action In 1949, Fears broke the NFL record for receptions in a season, with 77. In 1950, he broke it again, with 84.

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Tom Fears Los Angeles Rams end UCLA, Santa Clara College Hall of Fame 1976, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1970
1952 Wheaties Tom Fears Portrait 1952 Wheaties 4 Tom Fears Portrait Fears appeared in several movies; one was Two-Minute Warning.

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Tom Fears Los Angeles Rams end UCLA, Santa Clara College Hall of Fame 1976, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1970
1952 Wheaties Otto Graham in Action 1952 Wheaties 5 Otto Graham in Action In 1952, Graham led the NFL in attempts, completions, passing yards, touchdown passes, and interceptions.

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mint $100

Otto Graham Cleveland Browns quarterback Northwestern Browns Ring of Honor 2010, College Hall of Fame 1956, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1965
1952 Wheaties Otto Graham Portrait 1952 Wheaties 6 Otto Graham Portrait Graham played in the league championship game in each of the ten seasons he played in the AAFC and NFL.

nm $35

nm-mt $75

mint $150

PSA 8, SGC 86
Otto Graham Cleveland Browns quarterback Northwestern Browns Ring of Honor 2010, College Hall of Fame 1956, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1965
1952 Wheaties John Lujack in Action 1952 Wheaties 7 John Lujack in Action Lujack set an NFL record with 468 passing yards in a game in 1949.

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John Lujack Chicago Bears quarterback Notre Dame College Hall of Fame 1960, Heisman Trophy 1947
1952 Wheaties John Lujack Portrait 1952 Wheaties 8 John Lujack Portrait Lujack did not play in 1952; he retired after an injury in the 1951 season.

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John Lujack Chicago Bears quarterback Notre Dame College Hall of Fame 1960, Heisman Trophy 1947
1952 Wheaties Doak Walker in Action 1952 Wheaties 9 Doak Walker in Action Walker missed five games because of an injury in 1952. It was the only season he did not make the Pro Bowl.

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SGC 84
Doak Walker Detroit Lions halfback SMU College Hall of Fame 1959, Heisman Trophy 1948, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1986
1952 Wheaties Doak Walker Portrait 1952 Wheaties 10 Doak Walker Portrait Walker had a 79-yard quick-kick punt in the 1949 Cotton Bowl. His SMU teammate, Kyle Rote, had a 84-yard quick-kick in the same game.

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mint $100

Doak Walker Detroit Lions halfback SMU College Hall of Fame 1959, Heisman Trophy 1948, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1986
1952 Wheaties Bob Waterfield in Action 1952 Wheaties 11 Bob Waterfield in Action In 1945, Waterfield became the first rookie to win the NFL MVP award.

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mint $60

Bob Waterfield Los Angeles Rams quarterback UCLA Pro Football Hall of Fame 1965
1952 Wheaties Bob Waterfield Portrait 1952 Wheaties 12 Bob Waterfield Portrait Waterfield was married for 25 years to actress Jane Russell.

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mint $80

Bob Waterfield Los Angeles Rams quarterback UCLA Pro Football Hall of Fame 1965

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