1951 Topps Magic Football Cards

1951 Topps Magic Football Cards

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For its second set of collegiate football players, Topps went with a gimmick, incorporating scratch-off areas that hid the identity of the college the player represented.

This time, however, Topps went through the motions of producing a set of cards that could be issued in its own wax package along with a slab of gum. They were made larger (2 1/16 inches by 2 15/16 inches) and were available singly inside penny packs or as three perforated two-card panels to a nickel pack. The cards that were issued in panel form are often found with tabs at the top or bottom.

Card fronts feature a colorized action shot of a player. At the bottom of the picture is a black box that contains his name, position and team nickname. A thick black line and then a white border surround the photo. The backs are oriented vertically, with a card number in the upper left corner. The player's name runs along the top, followed by his age, height and weight. A short write-up about the player appears, along with a picture of his school's mascot and a question about which school he attends. When the cards originally came out of the package, the bottom half of the back was covered with a scratch-off surface that covered a picture of his school grounds.

There are 75 cards in the set. Cards that still have the scratch-off surface present are given a premium over those that have been scratched. Intact two-card panels are very rare.

The set's key card features Heisman trophy winner Vic Janowicz. Babe Parilli, Bill Wade, George Young, Marion Campbell and Bert Rechichar are also rookies found in the set.

Key 1951 Topps Magic Football Cards:

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1951 Topps Magic Football 53 Card Lot Lower Grade Starter Set includes Janowicz



1951 Topps Magic #39 Ralph Staub SGC 88 NMMT 8 26770

1951 Topps Magic #38 Bill Fuchs SGC 88 NMMT 8 26769

1951 Topps Magic #30 Bert Rechichar SGC 88 NMMT 8 26768



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Set Checklist

1951 Topps Magic Football Card Checklist

Card #Player Name
1Jimmy Monahan RC
2Bill Wade RC
3Bill Reichardt
4Babe Parilli RC
5Billie Burkhalter
6Ed Weber
7Tom Scott
8Frank Guthridge
9John Karras
10Vic Janowicz RC
11Lloyd Hill
12Jim Weatherall RC
13Howard Hansen
14Lou D'Achille
15Johnny Turco
16Jerrell Price
17John Coatta
18Bruce Patton
19Marion Campbell RC
20Blaine Earon
21Dewey McConnell
22Ray Beck
23Jim Prewett
24Bob Steele
25Art Betts
26Walt Trillhaase
27Gil Bartosh
28Bob Bestwick
29Tom Rushing
30Bert Rechichar RC
31Bill Owens
32Mike Goggins
33John Petitbon
34Byron Townsend
35Ed Rotticci
36Steve Wadiak
37Bobby Marlow RC
38Bill Fuchs
39Ralph Staub
40Bill Vesprini
41Zack Jordan
42Bob Smith RC
43Charles Hanson
44Glenn Smith
45Armand Kitto
46Vinnie Drake
47Bill Putich RC
48George Young RC
49Don McRae
50Frank Smith RC
51Dick Hightower
52Clyde Pickard
53Bob Reynolds HB
54Dick Gregory
56Gale Galloway
57Vic Pujo
58Dave Waters
59Joe Ernest
60Elmer Costa
61Nick Liotta
62John Dottley
63Hi Faubion
64David Harr
65Bill Matthews
66Carroll McDonald
67Dick Dewing
68Joe Johnson RB
69Arnold Burwitz
70Ed Dobrowolski
71Joe Dudeck
72Johnny Bright RC
73Harold Loehlein
74Lawrence Hairston
75Bob Carey RC

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