1959 Bazooka Football Cards

There are eighteen cards in the 1959 Bazooka football card set, plus one variation: a Charley Conerly error card that says he is with the Baltimore Colts. The cards were printed on the bottom of boxes of Bazooka bubble gum, and they were cut by hand from the box. (There are pictures of an uncut box on the Legendary Auctions web site.) The set contains at least one player from each of 1959's twelve NFL teams. The cards are about five inches tall, and their backs are blank.

A second error card in the set was not corrected: on Woodley Lewis's card, his name is spelled "Woody." Topps (who made Bazooka gum) misspelled Lewis's name on his 1958 and 1959 Topps cards, too.

A big thanks to Mike Ford for providing the images for the Bazooka set.

Image Set # Card Title/Players Pro Team Position College Honors Notes Grades available at Nearmint Sports Cards
1959 Bazooka Alan Ameche 1959 Bazooka 1 Alan Ameche Baltimore Colts fullback Wisconsin Heisman Trophy 1954, College Hall of Fame 1975
1959 Bazooka Jon Arnett 1959 Bazooka 2 Jon Arnett Los Angeles Rams halfback USC College Hall of Fame 2001 Arnett placed tenth in voting for the 1956 Heisman Trophy. See my page of football cards of Heisman candidates.
1959 Bazooka Jim Brown 1959 Bazooka 3 Jim Brown Cleveland Browns fullback Syracuse Pro Football Hall of Fame 1971, College Hall of Fame 1995, Browns Ring of Honor 2010 Brown placed fifth in voting for the 1956 Heisman Trophy. See my page of football cards of Heisman candidates.
1959 Bazooka Rick Casares 1959 Bazooka 4 Rick Casares Chicago Bears fullback Florida
1959 Bazooka Charley Conerly 1959 Bazooka 5cor Charley Conerly New York Giants quarterback Mississippi College Hall of Fame 1966, Giants Ring of Honor 2010
1959 Bazooka Charley Conerly 1959 Bazooka 5err Charley Conerly New York Giants quarterback Mississippi College Hall of Fame 1966, Giants Ring of Honor 2010 Error card

This card shows Conerly with the Baltimore Colts, but he played for the New York Giants.
1959 Bazooka Howard Ferguson 1959 Bazooka 6 Howard Ferguson Green Bay Packers halfback Packers Hall of Fame 1974
1959 Bazooka Frank Gifford 1959 Bazooka 7 Frank Gifford New York Giants halfback USC, Bakersfield College College Hall of Fame 1975, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1977
1959 Bazooka Lou Groza 1959 Bazooka 8 Lou Groza Cleveland Browns tackle, kicker Ohio State Pro Football Hall of Fame 1974, Browns Ring of Honor 2010
1959 Bazooka Bobby Layne 1959 Bazooka 9 Bobby Layne Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Texas Pro Football Hall of Fame 1967, College Hall of Fame 1968, Steelers Legends Team
1959 Bazooka Eddie LeBaron 1959 Bazooka 10 Eddie LeBaron Washington Redskins quarterback Pacific Redskins Ring of Fame, College Hall of Fame 1980
1959 Bazooka Woodley Lewis 1959 Bazooka 11 Woodley Lewis Chicago Cardinals end Los Angeles City, Oregon Error card

Lewis's first name is misspelled "Woody."
1959 Bazooka Ollie Matson 1959 Bazooka 12 Ollie Matson Los Angeles Rams fullback, defensive back San Francisco Pro Football Hall of Fame 1972, College Hall of Fame 1976, Eagles Honor Roll 1987, Cardinals Ring of Honor 2006
1959 Bazooka Joe Perry 1959 Bazooka 13 Joe Perry San Francisco 49ers fullback Compton Community College Pro Football Hall of Fame 1969, 49ers Hall of Fame 2009
1959 Bazooka Pete Retzlaff 1959 Bazooka 14 Pete Retzlaff Philadelphia Eagles end South Dakota State Eagles Honor Roll 1989
1959 Bazooka Tobin Rote 1959 Bazooka 15 Tobin Rote Detroit Lions quarterback Rice Packers Hall of Fame 1974
1959 Bazooka Y.A. Tittle 1959 Bazooka 16 Y.A. Tittle San Francisco 49ers quarterback LSU Pro Football Hall of Fame 1971, 49ers Hall of Fame 2009, Giants Ring of Honor 2010
1959 Bazooka Tom Tracy 1959 Bazooka 17 Tom Tracy Pittsburgh Steelers halfback Tennessee
1959 Bazooka John Unitas 1959 Bazooka 18 John Unitas Baltimore Colts quarterback Louisville Pro Football Hall of Fame 1979 Unitas was voted the NFL's Most Valuable Player in 1959.