1961 Nu-Card Football Cards

1961 Nu-Card football card wrapperThere are 80 cards, numbered 101-180, in the 1961 Nu-Card football card set. The set contains only college players. By my count, 30 of the players went on to play in the NFL or AFL; I have marked those players in the table below. About half of those 30 also appeared on cards for pro teams.

The Nu-Card set includes the first cards of Roman Gabriel, John Hadl, and Heisman Trophy winner Ernie Davis. The cards are not generally considered the players' rookie cards, but I don't know the reason for this. Other college cards--1955 Topps All-Americans, for example--are considered rookie cards, and, as far as I know, the Nu-Card cards were distributed nationally. There certainly is no shortage of them: I have seen full, unopened boxes on eBay.

You can see the Gabriel, Hadl, and Davis cards, along with numerous other "pre-rookie" cards, on my pre-rookie card page.

Image Set # Card Title/Players Pro Team Position College Honors Notes Grades available at Nearmint Sports Cards
1961 Nu-Card Bob Ferguson 1961 Nu-Card 101 Bob Ferguson running back Ohio State College Hall of Fame 1996 Ferguson played for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings.
1961 Nu-Card Ron Snidow 1961 Nu-Card 102 Ron Snidow defensive end Oregon Snidow played 10 seasons for the Washington Redskins and Cleveland Browns.
1961 Nu-Card Steve Barnett 1961 Nu-Card 103 Steve Barnett tackle Oregon Barnett played for the Chicago Bears and Washington Redskins. He was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1980.
1961 Nu-Card Greg Mather 1961 Nu-Card 104 Greg Mather end Navy SGC 98
1961 Nu-Card Vern Von Sydow 1961 Nu-Card 105 Vern Von Sydow guard Navy PSA 9, nm
1961 Nu-Card John Hewitt 1961 Nu-Card 106 John Hewitt guard Navy
1961 Nu-Card Eddie Johns 1961 Nu-Card 107 Eddie Johns quarterback Miami Florida PSA 9
1961 Nu-Card Walt Rappold 1961 Nu-Card 108 Walt Rappold quarterback Duke PSA 9, PSA 8, nm-mt
1961 Nu-Card Roy Winston 1961 Nu-Card 109 Roy Winston linebacker LSU Winston played 15 seasons for the Minnesota Vikings.
1961 Nu-Card Bob Boyda 1961 Nu-Card 110 Bob Boyda end Harvard PSA 9, PSA 8, nm
1961 Nu-Card Bill Neighbors 1961 Nu-Card 111 Bill Neighbors guard Alabama College Hall of Fame 2003 Neighbors was a member of Alabama's 1961 National Championship team, coached by Bear Bryant. He went on to play eight seasons for the AFL's Boston Patriots and Miami Dolphins.
1961 Nu-Card Don Purcell 1961 Nu-Card 112 Don Purcell defensive end Nebraska
1961 Nu-Card Ken Byers 1961 Nu-Card 113 Ken Byers tackle Cincinnati Byers played for the New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings. SGC 96, SGC 92
1961 Nu-Card Ed Pine 1961 Nu-Card 114 Ed Pine center Utah Pine played for the San Francisco 49ers and Pittsburgh Steelers. PSA 9
1961 Nu-Card Fred Oblak 1961 Nu-Card 115 Fred Oblak halfback Cincinnati nm-mt
1961 Nu-Card Bobby Iles 1961 Nu-Card 116 Bobby Iles end TCU
1961 Nu-Card John Hadl 1961 Nu-Card 117 John Hadl quarterback Kansas Chargers Hall of Fame 1983, College Hall of Fame 1994 Hadl played for San Diego Chargers, Los Angeles Rams, Green Bay Packers, and Houston Oilers. PSA 9
1961 Nu-Card Charlie Mitchell 1961 Nu-Card 118 Charlie Mitchell halfback Washington Mitchell played for the Denver Broncos and Buffalo Bills.
1961 Nu-Card Bill Swinford 1961 Nu-Card 119 Bill Swinford tackle Harvard nm
1961 Nu-Card Bill King 1961 Nu-Card 120 Bill King quarterback Dartmouth nm
1961 Nu-Card Mike Lucci 1961 Nu-Card 121 Mike Lucci linebacker Tennessee Lucci played for the Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions. exmt
1961 Nu-Card Dave Sarette 1961 Nu-Card 122 Dave Sarette quarterback Syracuse
1961 Nu-Card Alex Kroll 1961 Nu-Card 123 Alex Kroll tackle, center Rutgers, Yale College Hall of Fame 1997 Kroll played for the New York Titans.
1961 Nu-Card Steve Bauwens 1961 Nu-Card 124 Steve Bauwens tackle UCLA nm-mt
1961 Nu-Card Jimmy Saxton 1961 Nu-Card 125 Jimmy Saxton halfback Texas College Hall of Fame 1996 Saxton played for the AFL's Dallas Texans.