1974 Fleer Immortal Roll Football Cards

1974 Fleer Immortal Roll cards, also known as 1974 Fleer Hall of Fame cards, were inserts in packs of 1974 Fleer Football Patches. There are 50 cards in the set, representing 50 of the 74 Hall of Fame members as of 1972. The cards are not difficult to find; I still sometimes see unopened boxes of the patches on eBay. There is a nice description of the Immortal Roll cards on CaptKirk42's Trading Card Blog and a run-down of the 1970s Fleer football patches on the Fleer Sticker Project blog.

The best feature of the Immortal Roll set is that it includes a number of NFL pioneers who had not appeared on cards before. Joe Carr, Jimmy Conzelman, and Paddy Driscoll are just three examples. Also, about half of the images on the cards are head-and-shoulder portraits, which give us a better look at the players than their earlier cards.

Image Set # Card Title/Players Pro Team Position College Honors Notes Grades available at Nearmint Sports Cards
1974 Fleer Immortal Roll Cliff Battles 1974 Fleer Immortal Roll 1 Cliff Battles tailback, defensive back West Virginia Wesleyan Redskins Ring of Fame, College Hall of Fame 1955, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1968 With a 215-yard day against the Giants, Battles became the first player to rush for 200 yards in a game.
1974 Fleer Immortal Roll Sammy Baugh 1974 Fleer Immortal Roll 2 Sammy Baugh quarterback, coach TCU Redskins Ring of Fame, College Hall of Fame 1951, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1963 Baugh still holds 2 NFL records: highest punting average for a season, with 51.4 yards per punt, and highest gain per pass in a game, with 18.58 yards per pass.
1974 Fleer Immortal Roll Chuck Bednarik 1974 Fleer Immortal Roll 3 Chuck Bednarik center, defensive tackle Pennsylvania Pro Football Hall of Fame 1967, College Hall of Fame 1969, Eagles Honor Roll 1987 Bednarik missed only 3 games in 14 seasons with the Eagles.
1974 Fleer Immortal Roll Bert Bell 1974 Fleer Immortal Roll 4 Bert Bell coach, commissioner Pennsylvania Pro Football Hall of Fame 1963, Eagles Honor Roll 1987 The NFL's college draft was Bell's idea; he proposed it to even out the talent among the teams. The first draft was held in 1936.
1974 Fleer Immortal Roll Paul Brown 1974 Fleer Immortal Roll 5 Paul Brown coach Miami Ohio Pro Football Hall of Fame 1967, Browns Ring of Honor 2010 Brown coached the Cleveland Browns to 7 AAFC and NFL championships in 17 seasons.
1974 Fleer Immortal Roll Joe Carr 1974 Fleer Immortal Roll 6 Joe Carr president Pro Football Hall of Fame 1963 Carr became the second president of the NFL, then called the American Professional Football Association, in 1921. Jim Thorpe was the first league president.
1974 Fleer Immortal Roll Guy Chamberlin 1974 Fleer Immortal Roll 7 Guy Chamberlin end, coach Nebraska, Nebraska Wesleyan College Hall of Fame 1962, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1965 Chamberlin coached NFL teams from four cities to five championships in the 1920s. He also played on four of those championship teams.
1974 Fleer Immortal Roll Dutch Clark 1974 Fleer Immortal Roll 8 Dutch Clark quarterback Colorado College College Hall of Fame 1951, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1963 Clark led the NFL in scoring in 1932, 1935, and 1936. vg
1974 Fleer Immortal Roll Jimmy Conzelman 1974 Fleer Immortal Roll 9 Jimmy Conzelman quarterback, coach Washington (St. Louis) Pro Football Hall of Fame 1964, Cardinals Ring of Honor 2006 Conzelman was a player/coach for the Rock Island Independents, Milwaukee Badgers, Detroit Panthers, and Providence Steam Roller in the 1920s. He also played a season of minor league baseball for the Rock Island Islanders.
1974 Fleer Immortal Roll Art Donovan 1974 Fleer Immortal Roll 10 Art Donovan defensive tackle Boston College, Notre Dame Pro Football Hall of Fame 1968 Donovan played for both the "old" Baltimore Colts, which folded after the 1950 season, and the "new" Baltimore Colts, which moved to Baltimore from Dallas in 1953. exmt
1974 Fleer Immortal Roll Paddy Driscoll 1974 Fleer Immortal Roll 11 Paddy Driscoll quarterback Northwestern Pro Football Hall of Fame 1965, College Hall of Fame 1974, Cardinals Ring of Honor 2006 Driscoll holds the NFL record for drop-kicked field goals in a game, with 4.
1974 Fleer Immortal Roll Bill Dudley 1974 Fleer Immortal Roll 12 Bill Dudley halfback Virginia Redskins Ring of Fame, College Hall of Fame 1956, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1966, Steelers Legends Team In 1946, playing for the Steelers, Dudley led the NFL in rushing, interceptions, and punt returns, and he was named the league MVP.
1974 Fleer Immortal Roll Dan Fortmann 1974 Fleer Immortal Roll 13 Dan Fortmann guard Colgate Pro Football Hall of Fame 1965, College Hall of Fame 1978 Fortmann was All-NFL for the Bears for six straight seasons, 1938-1943.
1974 Fleer Immortal Roll Otto Graham 1974 Fleer Immortal Roll 14 Otto Graham quarterback Northwestern College Hall of Fame 1956, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1965, Browns Ring of Honor 2010 In the ten seasons that Graham was quarterback for the Browns, the team had a regular season record of 105-17-4.
1974 Fleer Immortal Roll Red Grange 1974 Fleer Immortal Roll 15 Red Grange quarterback Illinois College Hall of Fame 1951, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1963 exmt
1974 Fleer Immortal Roll George Halas 1974 Fleer Immortal Roll 16 George Halas coach, end Illinois Pro Football Hall of Fame 1963 Halas played for the Bears for 9 seasons and coached them for 40. He also played 12 games for baseball's New York Yankees in 1919.
1974 Fleer Immortal Roll Mel Hein 1974 Fleer Immortal Roll 17 Mel Hein center Washington State College Hall of Fame 1954, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1963, Giants Ring of Honor 2010 Hein started at center for the Giants for 15 years. He was the NFL MVP in 1938.
1974 Fleer Immortal Roll Fats Henry 1974 Fleer Immortal Roll 18 Fats Henry tackle Washington and Jefferson College Hall of Fame 1951, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1963 Henry dropped-kicked a 45-yard field goal in 1922, setting an NFL record for longest field goal. The record stood for 12 years.
1974 Fleer Immortal Roll Bill Hewitt 1974 Fleer Immortal Roll 19 Bill Hewitt end Michigan Pro Football Hall of Fame 1971, Eagles Honor Roll 1987 Hewitt was the last NFL player to play without a helmet.
1974 Fleer Immortal Roll Clarke Hinkle 1974 Fleer Immortal Roll 20 Clarke Hinkle fullback Bucknell Pro Football Hall of Fame 1964, College Hall of Fame 1971, Packers Hall of Fame 1972 Hinkle was the NFL's leading career rusher when he retired after the 1941 season.
1974 Fleer Immortal Roll Elroy Hirsch 1974 Fleer Immortal Roll 21 Elroy Hirsch end, halfback Wisconsin, Michigan Pro Football Hall of Fame 1968, College Hall of Fame 1974 Hirsch was named the NFL's all-time flanker in 1969.
1974 Fleer Immortal Roll Cal Hubbard 1974 Fleer Immortal Roll 22 Cal Hubbard tackle Centenary, Geneva College Hall of Fame 1962, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1963, Packers Hall of Fame 1970
1974 Fleer Immortal Roll Lamar Hunt 1974 Fleer Immortal Roll 23 Lamar Hunt owner SMU Chiefs Hall of Fame 1970, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1972 Hunt founded the American Football League in 1959.
1974 Fleer Immortal Roll Don Hutson 1974 Fleer Immortal Roll 24 Don Hutson end Alabama College Hall of Fame 1951, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1963, Packers Hall of Fame 1972 Hutson led the NFL in receptions eight times and in touchdown receptions nine times.
1974 Fleer Immortal Roll Curly Lambeau 1974 Fleer Immortal Roll 25 Curly Lambeau coach, halfback Notre Dame Pro Football Hall of Fame 1963, Packers Hall of Fame 1970 Lambeau founded the Green Bay Packers in 1919, two years before the team joined the NFL. He played for 11 years and coached the team for 31 years. He also coached the Chicago Cardinals and Washington Redskins for 4 years at the end of his career.