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1953 Rams Team Issue Football Cards

There are 36 cards in the 1953 Los Angeles Rams team issue set. The cards are slightly over 6x4 inches, like postcards. The backs have short bios of the players, and some have the players' college and Rams stats. The cards closely resemble 1954, 1955, and 1957 Rams team issue cards, and many of the images appeared again in those sets. You can tell the years apart by looking at the backs. A few of the images appeared on 1954 Bowman and 1955 Bowman football cards, as well.

The highlight of the 1953 Rams set is a Dick "Night Train" Lane pre-rookie card. Lane intercepted 14 passes in the 1952 season--still an NFL record, and he did it in 12 games!--but he did not appear in a major football card issue until 1957.

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Picture Set # Card Title/Players Pro Team Position College Honors Notes Est. Retail Value (?) Grades available at nearmintcards.com
1953 Rams Team Issue Ben Agajanian 1953 Rams Team Issue 1 Ben Agajanian Los Angeles Rams kicker New Mexico Agajanian was one of two players to play in the AAFC, NFL, and AFL. (The other was Hardy Brown.)

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1953 Rams Team Issue Bob Boyd 1953 Rams Team Issue 2 Bob Boyd Los Angeles Rams end Loyola (L.A.) Boyd's 22.8 yards per catch led the NFL in 1953.

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1953 Rams Team Issue Larry Brink 1953 Rams Team Issue 3 Larry Brink Los Angeles Rams end, defensive end Northern Illinois Brink was a 2-time Pro Bowler for the Rams, in 1950 and 1951.

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1953 Rams Team Issue Rudy Bukich 1953 Rams Team Issue 4 Rudy Bukich Los Angeles Rams quarterback USC 1953 was Bukich's rookie year. He was the MVP of the 1953 Rose Bowl, a 7-0 win over Wisconsin.

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1953 Rams Team Issue Tom Dahms 1953 Rams Team Issue 5 Tom Dahms Los Angeles Rams tackle, coach San Diego State Dahms, along with other members of the 1953 Rams team, appeared in "Crazylegs," a film about Elroy Hirsch.

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1953 Rams Team Issue Dick Daugherty 1953 Rams Team Issue 6 Dick Daugherty Los Angeles Rams guard, linebacker Oregon Daugherty played six seasons for the Rams, and he made the Pro Bowl once, in 1957.

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1953 Rams Team Issue Jack Dwyer 1953 Rams Team Issue 7 Jack Dwyer Los Angeles Rams defensive back Loyola Marymount Dwyer played from 1951 to 1955 for the Redskins and Rams.

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1953 Rams Team Issue Tom Fears 1953 Rams Team Issue 8 Tom Fears Los Angeles Rams end UCLA, Santa Clara College Hall of Fame 1976, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1970 Fears was the first coach of the New Orleans Saints.

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1953 Rams Team Issue Bob Fry 1953 Rams Team Issue 9 Bob Fry Los Angeles Rams tackle Kentucky 1953 was Fry's rookie year. He played ten seasons for the Rams and Cowboys.

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1953 Rams Team Issue Frank Fuller 1953 Rams Team Issue 10 Frank Fuller Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Kentucky 1953 was Fuller's rookie year. He played nine seasons for the Rams, Cardinals, and Eagles.

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1953 Rams Team Issue Norb Hecker 1953 Rams Team Issue 11 Norb Hecker Los Angeles Rams defensive back Baldwin-Wallace Hecker was the first coach of the Atlanta Falcons.

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1953 Rams Team Issue Elroy Hirsch 1953 Rams Team Issue 12 Elroy Hirsch Los Angeles Rams end, halfback Wisconsin, Michigan College Hall of Fame 1974, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1968 Hirsch was second in the NFL in receiving yards in 1953, and he was voted first team All-Pro.

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1953 Rams Team Issue John Hock 1953 Rams Team Issue 13 John Hock Los Angeles Rams guard Santa Clara Hock joined the Rams in 1953 after two years in the Army. He had played for the Chicago Cardinals in 1950.

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1953 Rams Team Issue Bob Kelley 1953 Rams Team Issue 14 Bob Kelley announcer Kelley moved with the Rams from Cleveland to Los Angeles in 1946.

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1953 Rams Team Issue Dick Lane 1953 Rams Team Issue 15 Dick Lane Los Angeles Rams defensive back Scottsbluff Junior College Cardinals Ring of Honor 2006, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1974 Pre-rookie card

Lane had 14 interceptions in 1953, still the NFL record. Despite this, he did not appear on a regular-issue football card until 1957.

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1953 Rams Team Issue Woodley Lewis 1953 Rams Team Issue 16 Woodley Lewis Los Angeles Rams end Los Angeles City, Oregon Lewis had the NFL's longest punt return in 1953, a 74-yarder. He led the league in punt return and kick return yards.

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1953 Rams Team Issue Tom McCormick 1953 Rams Team Issue 17 Tom McCormick Los Angeles Rams halfback Pacific 1953 was McCormick's rookie year. He played four seasons for the Rams and 49ers.

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1953 Rams Team Issue Bud McFadin 1953 Rams Team Issue 18 Bud McFadin Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Texas College Hall of Fame 1983 McFadin's first NFL playing time came in the Rams' 1952 playoff game against the Lions.

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1953 Rams Team Issue Leon McLaughlin 1953 Rams Team Issue 19 Leon McLaughlin Los Angeles Rams center, coach UCLA The back of McLaughlin's card says that he played every minute of offensive center of the Rams' 1951 and 1952 games, including pre- and post-season.

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1953 Rams Team Issue Brad Myers 1953 Rams Team Issue 20 Brad Myers Los Angeles Rams running back Bucknell 1953 was Myers's rookie year. He played two seasons for the Rams and one for the Eagles.

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1953 Rams Team Issue Don Paul 1953 Rams Team Issue 21 Don Paul Los Angeles Rams linebacker, coach UCLA Paul was a first-team All-Pro in 1953.

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1953 Rams Team Issue Hampton Pool 1953 Rams Team Issue 22 Hampton Pool Los Angeles Rams end, coach California, Army Before coaching, Pool played 4 seasons for the Chicago Bears and 1 season for the AAFC's Miami Seahawks.

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1953 Rams Team Issue Duane Putnam 1953 Rams Team Issue 23 Duane Putnam Los Angeles Rams guard Pacific Putnam was a member of the College of the Pacific's undefeated 1949 team.

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1953 Rams Team Issue Volney Quinlan 1953 Rams Team Issue 24 Volney Quinlan Los Angeles Rams halfback San Diego State Quinlan had the NFL's longest run in 1953, a 74-yarder.

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1953 Rams Team Issue Herb Rich 1953 Rams Team Issue 25 Herb Rich Los Angeles Rams halfback Vanderbilt Rich had 8 interceptions in 1952.

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1953 Rams Team Issue Andy Robustelli 1953 Rams Team Issue 26 Andy Robustelli Los Angeles Rams defensive end Arnold College Giants Ring of Honor 2010, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1971 Robustelli was a Pro Bowler in 1953, the first of seven times.

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1953 Rams Team Issue Vitamin Smith 1953 Rams Team Issue 27 Vitamin Smith Los Angeles Rams halfback Abilene Christian Smith returned 3 kickoff returns for touchdowns in 1950. That was an NFL record until Travis Williams returned 4 in 1967.

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1953 Rams Team Issue Harland Svare 1953 Rams Team Issue 28 Harland Svare Los Angeles Rams linebacker, coach Washington State 1953 was Svare's rookie season; he played 8 seasons for the Rams and Giants.

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1953 Rams Team Issue Len Teeuws 1953 Rams Team Issue 29 Len Teeuws Los Angeles Rams tackle Tulane The Rams drafted Teeuws in the 25th round in 1952.

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1953 Rams Team Issue Harry Thompson 1953 Rams Team Issue 30 Harry Thompson Los Angeles Rams guard Los Angeles City, UCLA Thompson worked as a movie extra in the off-season, according to the back of his card.

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1953 Rams Team Issue Charles Toogood 1953 Rams Team Issue 31 Charles Toogood Los Angeles Rams tackle Nebraska Toogood was a state champion shot putter in high school.

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1953 Rams Team Issue Dan Towler 1953 Rams Team Issue 32 Dan Towler Los Angeles Rams halfback, fullback Washington and Jefferson Towler made the Pro Bowl in 1953, his second of four appearances.

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1953 Rams Team Issue Norm Van Brocklin 1953 Rams Team Issue 33 Norm Van Brocklin Los Angeles Rams quarterback, coach Oregon College Hall of Fame 1966, Eagles Honor Roll 1987, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1971 Van Brocklin made the Pro Bowl in 1953, his fourth of nine appearances.

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1953 Rams Team Issue Stan West 1953 Rams Team Issue 34 Stan West Los Angeles Rams guard Oklahoma West was the Ram's first choice in the 1950 draft.

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1953 Rams Team Issue Tank Younger 1953 Rams Team Issue 35 Tank Younger Los Angeles Rams fullback Grambling College Hall of Fame 2000 Younger had 8 rushing touchdowns in 1953, second in the NFL.

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1953 Rams Team Issue Assistant Coaches 1953 Rams Team Issue 36 Assistant Coaches Hickey played 5 seasons for the Rams in the 1940s.

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Bill Battles Los Angeles Rams coach Brown
Red Hickey Los Angeles Rams end, coach Arkansas
John Sauer Los Angeles Rams coach Army

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