1963 Stancraft Football Cards

1963 Stancraft playing cards were released in conjunction with the opening of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. 48 of the 54 cards in the deck–-all but the aces and jokers–-picture star players and coaches. Oddly, though there were 17 inductees in the Hall of Fame’s class of 1963, only 9 of the 17 appear in the Stancraft deck. Of the 48 players and coaches in the deck, 37 eventually made it into the Hall. The Stancraft playing cards were issued as a two-deck bridge set: one deck with red backs and one deck with green backs. Both decks picture the same players and coaches.

Image Set # Card Title/Players Pro Team Position College Honors Notes Grades available at Nearmint Sports Cards
1963 Stancraft NFL Logo 1963 Stancraft 1C NFL Logo
1963 Stancraft NFL Logo 1963 Stancraft 1D NFL Logo
1963 Stancraft NFL Logo 1963 Stancraft 1H NFL Logo
1963 Stancraft NFL Logo 1963 Stancraft 1S NFL Logo
1963 Stancraft John McNally 1963 Stancraft 2C John McNally Green Bay Packers end Notre Dame, St. Johns (MN) Pro Football Hall of Fame 1963, Packers Hall of Fame 1970
1963 Stancraft Frankie Albert 1963 Stancraft 2D Frankie Albert San Francisco 49ers quarterback, coach Stanford College Hall of Fame 1956
1963 Stancraft Paul Hornung 1963 Stancraft 2H Paul Hornung Green Bay Packers halfback Notre Dame Heisman Trophy 1956, Packers Hall of Fame 1975, College Hall of Fame 1985, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1986
1963 Stancraft Eddie LeBaron 1963 Stancraft 2S Eddie LeBaron Dallas Cowboys quarterback Pacific Redskins Ring of Fame, College Hall of Fame 1980
1963 Stancraft Bobby Mitchell 1963 Stancraft 3C Bobby Mitchell Washington Redskins halfback Illinois Redskins Ring of Fame, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1983, Browns Ring of Honor 2010
1963 Stancraft Del Shofner 1963 Stancraft 3D Del Shofner New York Giants end Baylor
1963 Stancraft John Unitas 1963 Stancraft 3H John Unitas Baltimore Colts quarterback Louisville Pro Football Hall of Fame 1979
1963 Stancraft Don Hutson 1963 Stancraft 3S Don Hutson Green Bay Packers end Alabama College Hall of Fame 1951, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1963, Packers Hall of Fame 1972 The Packers retired Hutson's jersey number, 14, in 1951. He was the first Packer to have his number retired. For the retired numbers of all of the NFL teams, see the Gallery's retired numbers page.
1963 Stancraft Bill Howton 1963 Stancraft 4C Bill Howton Dallas Cowboys end Rice Packers Hall of Fame 1974
1963 Stancraft Ollie Matson 1963 Stancraft 4D Ollie Matson Chicago Cardinals 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
1963 Stancraft Doak Walker 1963 Stancraft 4H Doak Walker Detroit Lions halfback SMU Heisman Trophy 1948, College Hall of Fame 1959, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1986 Walker married former Olympic skier Skeeter Werner in 1969.
1963 Stancraft Clarke Hinkle 1963 Stancraft 4S Clarke Hinkle Green Bay Packers fullback Bucknell Pro Football Hall of Fame 1964, College Hall of Fame 1971, Packers Hall of Fame 1972
1963 Stancraft Fats Henry 1963 Stancraft 5C Fats Henry Canton Bulldogs tackle Washington and Jefferson College Hall of Fame 1951, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1963
1963 Stancraft Mike Ditka 1963 Stancraft 5D Mike Ditka Chicago Bears tight end Pittsburgh Pro Football Hall of Fame 1988
1963 Stancraft Tom Fears 1963 Stancraft 5H Tom Fears Los Angeles Rams end UCLA, Santa Clara Pro Football Hall of Fame 1970, College Hall of Fame 1976
1963 Stancraft Charley Conerly 1963 Stancraft 5S Charley Conerly New York Giants quarterback Mississippi College Hall of Fame 1966, Giants Ring of Honor 2010 Conerly has been a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame seven times. See the Gallery's Almost Hall of Famers page.
1963 Stancraft Tony Canadeo 1963 Stancraft 6C Tony Canadeo Green Bay Packers halfback Gonzaga Packers Hall of Fame 1973, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1974 The Packers retired Canadeo's number, 3, in 1952. See the Gallery's retired numbers page for the retired numbers of all of the NFL teams.
1963 Stancraft Otto Graham 1963 Stancraft 6D Otto Graham Cleveland Browns quarterback Northwestern College Hall of Fame 1956, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1965, Browns Ring of Honor 2010 Graham was the head coach of the Washington Redskins from 1966 to 1968. He was succeeded by Vince Lombardi.
1963 Stancraft Jim Thorpe 1963 Stancraft 6H Jim Thorpe Canton Bulldogs halfback Carlisle College Hall of Fame 1951, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1963 Thorpe's brother Jack played for the NFL's Oorang Indians in 1923. The brothers were teammates that year.
1963 Stancraft Curly Lambeau 1963 Stancraft 6S Curly Lambeau Green Bay Packers coach, halfback Notre Dame Pro Football Hall of Fame 1963, Packers Hall of Fame 1970 Error card

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1963 Stancraft Bulldog Turner 1963 Stancraft 7C Bulldog Turner Chicago Bears center, linebacker Hardin-Simmons College Hall of Fame 1960, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1966