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.

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Picture Set # Card Title/Players Pro Team Position College Honors Notes Est. Retail Value (?) Grades available at nearmintcards.com
1974 Fleer Immortal Roll Cliff Battles 1974 Fleer Immortal Roll 1 Cliff Battles tailback, defensive back West Virginia Wesleyan College Hall of Fame 1955, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1968, Redskins Ring of Fame 2000 With a 215-yard day against the Giants, Battles became the first player to rush for 200 yards in a game.

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1974 Fleer Immortal Roll Sammy Baugh 1974 Fleer Immortal Roll 2 Sammy Baugh quarterback, coach TCU College Hall of Fame 1951, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1963, Redskins Ring of Fame 2000 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.

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1974 Fleer Immortal Roll Chuck Bednarik 1974 Fleer Immortal Roll 3 Chuck Bednarik center, defensive tackle Pennsylvania College Hall of Fame 1969, Eagles Honor Roll 1987, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1967 Bednarik missed only 3 games in 14 seasons with the Eagles.

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1974 Fleer Immortal Roll Bert Bell 1974 Fleer Immortal Roll 4 Bert Bell coach, commissioner Pennsylvania Eagles Honor Roll 1987, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1963 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.

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1974 Fleer Immortal Roll Paul Brown 1974 Fleer Immortal Roll 5 Paul Brown coach Miami Ohio Browns Ring of Honor 2010, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1967 Brown coached the Cleveland Browns to 7 AAFC and NFL championships in 17 seasons.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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1974 Fleer Immortal Roll Jimmy Conzelman 1974 Fleer Immortal Roll 9 Jimmy Conzelman quarterback, coach Washington (St. Louis) Cardinals Ring of Honor 2006, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1964 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.

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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.

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1974 Fleer Immortal Roll Paddy Driscoll 1974 Fleer Immortal Roll 11 Paddy Driscoll quarterback Northwestern Cardinals Ring of Honor 2006, College Hall of Fame 1974, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1965 Driscoll holds the NFL record for drop-kicked field goals in a game, with 4.

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1974 Fleer Immortal Roll Bill Dudley 1974 Fleer Immortal Roll 12 Bill Dudley halfback Virginia College Hall of Fame 1956, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1966, Redskins Ring of Fame 2000 In 1946, playing for the Steelers, Dudley led the NFL in rushing, interceptions, and punt returns, and he was named the league MVP.

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1974 Fleer Immortal Roll Dan Fortmann 1974 Fleer Immortal Roll 13 Dan Fortmann guard Colgate College Hall of Fame 1978, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1965 Fortmann was All-NFL for the Bears for six straight seasons, 1938-1943.

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1974 Fleer Immortal Roll Otto Graham 1974 Fleer Immortal Roll 14 Otto Graham quarterback Northwestern Browns Ring of Honor 2010, College Hall of Fame 1956, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1965 In the ten seasons that Graham was quarterback for the Browns, the team had a regular season record of 105-17-4.

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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

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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.

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1974 Fleer Immortal Roll Mel Hein 1974 Fleer Immortal Roll 17 Mel Hein center Washington State College Hall of Fame 1954, Giants Ring of Honor 2010, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1963 Hein started at center for the Giants for 15 years. He was the NFL MVP in 1938.

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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.

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1974 Fleer Immortal Roll Bill Hewitt 1974 Fleer Immortal Roll 19 Bill Hewitt end Michigan Eagles Honor Roll 1987, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1971 Hewitt was the last NFL player to play without a helmet.

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1974 Fleer Immortal Roll Clarke Hinkle 1974 Fleer Immortal Roll 20 Clarke Hinkle fullback Bucknell College Hall of Fame 1971, Packers Hall of Fame 1972, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1964 Hinkle was the NFL's leading career rusher when he retired after the 1941 season.

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1974 Fleer Immortal Roll Elroy Hirsch 1974 Fleer Immortal Roll 21 Elroy Hirsch end, halfback Wisconsin, Michigan College Hall of Fame 1974, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1968 Hirsch was named the NFL's all-time flanker in 1969.

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1974 Fleer Immortal Roll Cal Hubbard 1974 Fleer Immortal Roll 22 Cal Hubbard tackle Centenary, Geneva College Hall of Fame 1962, Packers Hall of Fame 1970, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1963 After football, Hubbard was an umpire in major league baseball for 16 years. He was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1976.

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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.

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1974 Fleer Immortal Roll Don Hutson 1974 Fleer Immortal Roll 24 Don Hutson end Alabama College Hall of Fame 1951, Packers Hall of Fame 1972, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1963 Hutson led the NFL in receptions eight times and in touchdown receptions nine times.

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1974 Fleer Immortal Roll Curly Lambeau 1974 Fleer Immortal Roll 25 Curly Lambeau coach, halfback Notre Dame Packers Hall of Fame 1970, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1963 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.

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1974 Fleer Immortal Roll Bobby Layne 1974 Fleer Immortal Roll 26 Bobby Layne quarterback Texas College Hall of Fame 1968, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1967 When Layne retired, he held the NFL records for career completions, passing yards, and passing touchdowns.

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1974 Fleer Immortal Roll Vince Lombardi 1974 Fleer Immortal Roll 27 Vince Lombardi coach Fordham Packers Hall of Fame 1975, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1971, Redskins Ring of Fame 2000 Lombardi won 5 NFL championships in 9 seasons in Green Bay.

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1974 Fleer Immortal Roll Sid Luckman 1974 Fleer Immortal Roll 28 Sid Luckman quarterback Columbia College Hall of Fame 1960, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1965 Luckman and the Bears beat the Redskins 73-0 in the 1940 NFL championship game.

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1974 Fleer Immortal Roll Gino Marchetti 1974 Fleer Immortal Roll 29 Gino Marchetti defensive end San Francisco Pro Football Hall of Fame 1972 Marchetti played in 10 Pro Bowls. He would have played in 11, but he broke his leg in the 1958 NFL Championship game.

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1974 Fleer Immortal Roll Ollie Matson 1974 Fleer Immortal Roll 30 Ollie Matson fullback, defensive back San Francisco Cardinals Ring of Honor 2006, College Hall of Fame 1976, Eagles Honor Roll 1987, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1972 Matson made the Pro Bowl his first six seasons in the NFL, 1952 and 1954-1958. (He was in the military for the 1953 season.)

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1974 Fleer Immortal Roll George McAfee 1974 Fleer Immortal Roll 31 George McAfee halfback Duke College Hall of Fame 1961, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1966 McAfee made the Hall of Fame despite missing 3 seasons in the middle of his career to serve in World War II.

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1974 Fleer Immortal Roll Hugh McElhenny 1974 Fleer Immortal Roll 32 Hugh McElhenny halfback Washington 49ers Hall of Fame 2009, College Hall of Fame 1981, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1970 McElhenny made the Pro Bowl in 6 of his 13 seasons.

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1974 Fleer Immortal Roll John McNally 1974 Fleer Immortal Roll 33 John McNally end Notre Dame, St. Johns (MN) Packers Hall of Fame 1970, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1963 McNally played 14 seasons for the Milwaukee Badgers, Duluth Eskimos, Pottsville Maroons, Green Bay Packers, and Pittsburgh Pirates. He was also the head coach of the Pirates for 3 seasons.

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1974 Fleer Immortal Roll Marion Motley 1974 Fleer Immortal Roll 34 Marion Motley fullback South Carolina State, Nevada Browns Ring of Honor 2010, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1968 Motley was the AAFC's all-time rushing leader. He also led the NFL in rushing in 1950, the Browns' first year in the league.

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1974 Fleer Immortal Roll Bronko Nagurski 1974 Fleer Immortal Roll 35 Bronko Nagurski fullback, linebacker Minnesota College Hall of Fame 1951, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1963 Nagurski retired in 1937, but he returned to the Bears in 1943 and helped them win the NFL championship.

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1974 Fleer Immortal Roll Ernie Nevers 1974 Fleer Immortal Roll 36 Ernie Nevers fullback Stanford Cardinals Ring of Honor 2006, College Hall of Fame 1951, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1963 Nevers scored 6 rushing touchdowns and a total of 40 points in a game against the Bears in 1929. Those are both still NFL records.

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1974 Fleer Immortal Roll Leo Nomellini 1974 Fleer Immortal Roll 37 Leo Nomellini defensive tackle Minnesota 49ers Hall of Fame 2009, College Hall of Fame 1977, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1969 Nomellini played in every regular-season game for the 49ers from 1950 to 1963.

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1974 Fleer Immortal Roll Steve Owen 1974 Fleer Immortal Roll 38 Steve Owen tackle, coach Phillips Giants Ring of Honor 2010, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1966 Owen coached the New York Giants for 24 seasons, 1931-1953. He also played 9 seasons for the Kansas City Blues/Cowboys, Cleveland Bulldogs, and New York Giants.

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1974 Fleer Immortal Roll Joe Perry 1974 Fleer Immortal Roll 39 Joe Perry fullback Compton Community College 49ers Hall of Fame 2009, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1969 Perry was the first NFL player to rush for 1000 yards in two straight seasons. He did it in 1953 and 1954.

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1974 Fleer Immortal Roll Pete Pihos 1974 Fleer Immortal Roll 40 Pete Pihos end Indiana College Hall of Fame 1966, Eagles Honor Roll 1987, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1970 Pihos led the NFL in receptions in each of his last three seasons, 1953 to 1955.

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1974 Fleer Immortal Roll Andy Robustelli 1974 Fleer Immortal Roll 41 Andy Robustelli defensive end Arnold College Giants Ring of Honor 2010, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1971 Robustelli missed only one game in 14 seasons with the Los Angeles Rams and New York Giants. That was in his rookie season, 1951.

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1974 Fleer Immortal Roll Ken Strong 1974 Fleer Immortal Roll 42 Ken Strong halfback NYU College Hall of Fame 1957, Giants Ring of Honor 2010, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1967 Strong retired in 1939, but the Giants brought him back as a kicker in 1944. He played four more seasons.

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1974 Fleer Immortal Roll Jim Thorpe 1974 Fleer Immortal Roll 43 Jim Thorpe halfback Carlisle College Hall of Fame 1951, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1963 Thorpe was the NFL's first president. He also played six seasons of major league baseball.

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1974 Fleer Immortal Roll Y.A. Tittle 1974 Fleer Immortal Roll 44 Y.A. Tittle quarterback LSU 49ers Hall of Fame 2009, Giants Ring of Honor 2010, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1971 Tittle played 17 seasons of pro football, the first 3 in the AAFC. He threw 33 touchdown passes in 1962 and 36 in 1963.

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1974 Fleer Immortal Roll Charley Trippi 1974 Fleer Immortal Roll 45 Charley Trippi halfback Georgia Cardinals Ring of Honor 2006, College Hall of Fame 1959, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1968 At various times, Trippi was a halfback, quarterback, punt returner, kick returner, defensive back, and punter for the Cardinals.

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1974 Fleer Immortal Roll Emlen Tunnell 1974 Fleer Immortal Roll 46 Emlen Tunnell defensive back Iowa, Toledo Giants Ring of Honor 2010, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1967 Tunnell had 79 career interceptions, second only to Paul Krause, who had 81.

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1974 Fleer Immortal Roll Bulldog Turner 1974 Fleer Immortal Roll 47 Bulldog Turner center, linebacker Hardin-Simmons College Hall of Fame 1960, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1966 Turner was named to the All-NFL team in 6 of his 13 seasons with the Bears.

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1974 Fleer Immortal Roll Norm Van Brocklin 1974 Fleer Immortal Roll 48 Norm Van Brocklin quarterback, coach Oregon College Hall of Fame 1966, Eagles Honor Roll 1987, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1971 Van Brocklin passed for 554 yards in a game against the New York Yanks in 1951. That is still an NFL record.

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1974 Fleer Immortal Roll Steve Van Buren 1974 Fleer Immortal Roll 49 Steve Van Buren halfback LSU Eagles Honor Roll 1987, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1965 Van Buren was the first NFL player to rush for 1000 yards in a season twice.

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1974 Fleer Immortal Roll Bob Waterfield 1974 Fleer Immortal Roll 50 Bob Waterfield quarterback UCLA Pro Football Hall of Fame 1965 Besides starring at quarterback, Waterfield kicked, punted, and played four seasons on defense.

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