1955 Topps All-American Football Cards
The 1955 Topps All-American football card set contains 100 cards of College All-Americans from years past. Two cards have variations: the Gaynell Tinsley and Whizzer White cards were first printed with each other's biography, then corrected. You can see the error versions in one of my blog articles. Another blog article, A is for All-Americans, has a description of the 1955 Topps All-American set.
Rookie cards of Pro Football Hall of Famers in the 1955 Topps All-American set: Mel Hein, Fats Henry, Don Hutson, Ernie Nevers, Bruiser Kinard, Ace Parker, Benny Friedman. Rookie cards of Heisman Trophy winners in the 1955 Topps All-American set: Nile Kinnick, Dick Kazmaier, Larry Kelley, Davey O'Brien, Tom Harmon, Doc Blanchard, Frank Sinkwich, Angelo Bertelli, Jay Berwanger.
|Image||Set||#||Card Title/Players||Pro Team||Position||College||Honors||Notes||Grades available at Nearmint Sports Cards|
|1955 Topps All-American||1||Herman Hickman||guard||Tennessee||College Hall of Fame 1959||Rookie card|
|1955 Topps All-American||2||John Kimbrough||fullback||Texas A and M||College Hall of Fame 1954||Kimbrough finished second in voting for the Heisman Trophy in 1940, behind Tom Harmon. After graduating, he starred in two Westerns, played three seasons for the AAFC's Los Angeles Dons, and served in the Texas State Legislature.|
|1955 Topps All-American||3||Ed Weir||tackle||Nebraska||College Hall of Fame 1951||ex|
|1955 Topps All-American||4||Erny Pinckert||halfback||USC||College Hall of Fame 1957|
|1955 Topps All-American||5||Bob Grayson||fullback||Stanford||College Hall of Fame 1955||Grayson was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1980.|
|1955 Topps All-American||6||Nile Kinnick||halfback||Iowa||Heisman Trophy 1939, College Hall of Fame 1951||Rookie card, error card
Kinnick died in a plane crash in World War II. His name is misspelled "Niles" on this card.
|1955 Topps All-American||7||Andy Bershak||end||North Carolina||The University of North Carolina has retired Bershak's jersey number, 59.||PSA 6.5|
|1955 Topps All-American||8||George Cafego||quarterback||Tennessee||College Hall of Fame 1969||Cafego placed seventh in voting for the Heimsan Trophy in 1938, and fourth in 1939. See my page of Heisman candidates.|
|1955 Topps All-American||9||Tom Hamilton||halfback||Navy||College Hall of Fame 1965||BVG 8, PSA 6|
|1955 Topps All-American||10||Bill Dudley||halfback||Virginia||Redskins Ring of Fame, College Hall of Fame 1956, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1966, Steelers Legends Team|
|1955 Topps All-American||11||Bobby Dodd||quarterback||Tennessee||College Hall of Fame 1959||Dodd was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame as both a player and a coach. His son, Bobby Dodd Jr., played college football for Florida.|
|1955 Topps All-American||12||Otto Graham||quarterback||Northwestern||College Hall of Fame 1956, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1965, Browns Ring of Honor 2010||Graham was an All-American in both football and basketball at Northwestern.||PSA 6.5, BVG 6.5|
|1955 Topps All-American||13||Aaron Rosenberg||guard||USC||College Hall of Fame 1966||Rosenberg became a movie producer. One of his movies, Mutiny on the Bounty, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.||BVG 7|
|1955 Topps All-American||14cor||Gaynell Tinsley||end||LSU||College Hall of Fame 1956||SGC 88|
|1955 Topps All-American||14err||Gaynell Tinsley||end||LSU||College Hall of Fame 1956||Error card
Back of card has Byron White's bio.
|1955 Topps All-American||15||Eddie Kaw||halfback||Cornell||College Hall of Fame 1954|
|1955 Topps All-American||16||Knute Rockne||coach, end||Notre Dame||College Hall of Fame 1951|
|1955 Topps All-American||17||Bob Reynolds||halfback||Nebraska||College Hall of Fame 1984|
|1955 Topps All-American||18||Pudge Heffelfinger||guard||Yale||College Hall of Fame 1951||Rookie card||PSA 5.5|
|1955 Topps All-American||19||Bruce Smith||halfback||Minnesota||Heisman Trophy 1941, College Hall of Fame 1972|
|1955 Topps All-American||20||Sammy Baugh||quarterback, coach||TCU||Redskins Ring of Fame, College Hall of Fame 1951, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1963|
|1955 Topps All-American||21cor||Byron White||halfback||Colorado||College Hall of Fame 1954||Rookie card
White served as a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1962 to 1993.
|1955 Topps All-American||21err||Byron White||halfback||Colorado||College Hall of Fame 1954||Rookie card, error card
Back of card has Gaynell Tinsley's bio.
|1955 Topps All-American||22||Brick Muller||end||California||College Hall of Fame 1951||Muller won a silver medal in the high jump in the 1920 Olympics. See the Gallery's page of Olympic athletes on vintage football cards.|
|1955 Topps All-American||23||Dick Kazmaier||quarterback||Princeton||Heisman Trophy 1951, College Hall of Fame 1966||Rookie card||PSA 8, PSA 7|