Rookie Football Cards

Image Set # Card Title/Players Pro Team Position College Honors Notes Grades available at Nearmint Sports Cards
1961 Topps Frank Youso 1961 Topps 82 Frank Youso Minnesota Vikings tackle Minnesota Rookie card
1961 Topps Don Joyce 1961 Topps 83 Don Joyce Minnesota Vikings defensive end, defensive tackle Tulane Rookie card

The Vikings obtained Joyce from the Baltimore Colts in the 1961 NFL Expansion Draft. His 1961 Topps and 1961 Fleer cards show him still in his Colts uniform.
1961 Topps Ed Culpepper 1961 Topps 84 Ed Culpepper Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Alabama Rookie card

Culpepper played six seasons in the NFL and AFL. This is his only regular issue card.
1961 Topps Jim McCusker 1961 Topps 100 Jim McCusker Philadelphia Eagles tackle Pittsburgh Rookie card nm
1961 Topps Buddy Dial 1961 Topps 107 Buddy Dial Pittsburgh Steelers end Rice College Hall of Fame 1993 Rookie card
1961 Topps Jimmy Orr 1961 Topps 108 Jimmy Orr Pittsburgh Steelers end Georgia Rookie card

This card shows Orr with the Steelers, but the Steelers traded him to the Colts before the 1961 season.
1961 Topps John Roach 1961 Topps 114 John Roach St. Louis Cardinals quarterback SMU Rookie card

The Cardinals traded Roach to the Browns in July of 1961. The Browns traded him to the Packers a month later.
1961 Topps Sam Etcheverry 1961 Topps 115 Sam Etcheverry St. Louis Cardinals quarterback Denver Canadian Football Hall of Fame 1969 Rookie card
1961 Topps Sonny Randle 1961 Topps 118 Sonny Randle St. Louis Cardinals end Virginia Rookie card exmt
1961 Topps John Paluck 1961 Topps 130 John Paluck Washington Redskins defensive end Pittsburgh Rookie card

Paluck had 76 fumble return yards in 1956, most in the NFL. Chuck Noll was a distant second, with 39.
1961 Topps Johnny Robinson 1961 Topps 139 Johnny Robinson Dallas Texans defensive back LSU Chiefs Hall of Fame 1974 Rookie card
1961 Topps Cotton Davidson 1961 Topps 140 Cotton Davidson Dallas Texans quarterback Baylor Rookie card
1961 Topps Bill Groman 1961 Topps 142 Bill Groman Houston Oilers defensive end Heidelberg Rookie card nm
1961 Topps Don Maynard 1961 Topps 150 Don Maynard New York Titans end Texas-El Paso Pro Football Hall of Fame 1987, Jets Ring of Honor 2010 Rookie card

Maynard was the first player ever signed by the New York Titans.
PSA 9, PSA 8
1961 Topps Art Powell 1961 Topps 151 Art Powell New York Titans end San Jose State Rookie card
1961 Topps Ken Rice 1961 Topps 162 Ken Rice Buffalo Bills tackle Auburn Rookie card
1961 Topps Art Baker 1961 Topps 163 Art Baker Buffalo Bills fullback Syracuse Rookie card
1961 Topps Jim Colclough 1961 Topps 174 Jim Colclough Boston Patriots end Boston College Rookie card exmt
1961 Topps Billy Lott 1961 Topps 176 Billy Lott Boston Patriots fullback Mississippi Rookie card
1961 Topps Walt Cudzik 1961 Topps 179 Walt Cudzik Boston Patriots center Purdue Rookie card
1961 Topps Charley Leo 1961 Topps 180 Charley Leo Boston Patriots guard Indiana Rookie card SGC 92, PSA 7, nm
1961 Topps Jim Otto 1961 Topps 182 Jim Otto Oakland Raiders center Miami Florida Pro Football Hall of Fame 1980 Rookie card
1961 Topps Tom Flores 1961 Topps 186 Tom Flores Oakland Raiders quarterback Pacific Rookie card
1961 Topps Don Manoukian 1961 Topps 188 Don Manoukian Oakland Raiders guard Stanford Rookie card

Manoukian was also a professional wrestler. See his profile at the Online World of Wrestling.
1961 Topps Lionel Taylor 1961 Topps 190 Lionel Taylor Denver Broncos end New Mexico Highlands Broncos Ring of Fame 1984 Rookie card