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1951 Topps Magic Football Cards

1951 Topps Magic Football Cards

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When it comes to early gridiron cards, 1951 Topps Magic Football was a little different than most.

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.

1951 Topps Magic Football Set Details

The 1951 Topps Magic Football cards were larger (2 1/16 inches by 2 15/16 inches) and issued inside penny packs or as perforated two-card panels that came three 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 surrounding the photo.

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The 1951 Topps Magic Football 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.

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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. 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.

There are 75 cards in the 1951 Topps Magic Football checklist. The top overall option is the rookie card Heisman Trophy winner Vic Janowicz. In addition, Babe Parilli, Bill Wade, George Young, Marion Campbell and Bert Rechichar are also rookies found in the set.

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Set Checklist

1951 Topps Magic Football Checklist

Base Set Checklist

75 cards.
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1 Jimmy Monahan - Rutgers Queensmen RC
2 Bill Wade - Vanderbilt Commodores RC
3 Bill Reichardt - Iowa Hawkeyes
4 Babe Parilli - Kentucky Wildcats RC
5 Bill Burkhalter - Rice Owls
6 Ed Weber - William & Mary Indians
7 Tom Scott - Virginia Cavaliers
8 Frank Guthridge - Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens
9 John Karras - Illinois Fighting Illini
10 Vic Janowicz - Ohio State Buckeyes RC
11 Lloyd Hill - Brown Bruins
12 Jim Weatherall - Oklahoma Sooners
13 Howard Hansen - Columbia Lions
14 Lou D'Achille - Indiana Hoosiers
15 Johnny Turco - Holy Cross Crusaders
16 Jerrell Price - Texas Tech Red Raiders
17 John Coatta - Wisconsin Badgers
18 Bruce Patton - Marquette Hilltoppers
19 Marion Campbell - Georgia Bulldogs RC
20 Blaine Earon - Duke Blue Devils
21 Dewey McConnell - Wyoming Cowboys
22 Ray Beck - Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
23 Jim Prewett - Tulsa Golden Hurricane
24 Bob Steele - Oklahoma A&M Aggies
25 Art Betts - Penn State Nittany Lions
26 Walt Trillhaase - Lehigh Engineers
27 Gil Bartosh - TCU Horned Frogs
28 Bob Bestwick - Pittsburgh Panthers
29 Tom Rushing - Mississippi State Maroons
30 Bert Rechichar - Tennessee Volunteers RC
31 Bill Owens - Colgate Raiders
32 Mike Goggins - Detroit Titans
33 John Petitbon - Notre Dame Fighting Irish
34 Byron Townsend - Texas Longhorns
35 Ed Rotticci - Santa Clara Broncos
36 Steve Wadiak - South Carolina Gamecocks
37 Bob Marlow - Alabama Crimson Tide
38 Bill Fuchs - Missouri Tigers
39 Ralph Staub - Cincinnati Bearcats
40 Bill Vesprini - Dartmouth Indians
41 Zack Jordan - Colorado College Tigers
42 Bob Smith - Texas A&M Aggies
43 Charles Hanson - Boston Terriers
44 Glenn Smith - Clemson Tigers
45 Armand Kitto - LSU Tigers
46 Vinnie Drake - Fordham Rams
47 Bill Putich - Michigan Wolverines
48 George Young - Bucknell Bisons RC
49 Don McRae - Northwestern Wildcats
50 Frank Smith - Miami Hurricanes
51 Dick Hightower - SMU Mustangs
52 Clyde Pickard - Wake Forest Demon Deacons
53 Bob Reynolds - Nebraska Cornhuskers
54 Dick Gregory - Minnesota Golden Gophers
55 Dale Samuels - Purdue Boilermakers
56 Gale Galloway - Baylor Bears
57 Vic Pujo - Cornell Big Red
58 Dave Waters - Washington & Lee Generals
59 Joe Ernst - Tulane Green Wave
60 Elmer Costa - NC State Wolfpack
61 Nick Liotta - Villanova Wildcats
62 John Dottley - Ole Miss Rebels
63 Hi Faubion - Kansas State Wildcats
64 David Harr - Franklin & Marshall Diplomats
65 Bill Matthews - NYU Violets
66 Carroll McDonald - Florida Gators
67 Dick Dewing - New Hampshire Wildcats
68 Joe Johnson - Boston College Eagles
69 Arnold Burwitz - Arizona Wildcats
70 Ed Dobrowolski - Syracuse Orangemen
71 Joe Dudeck - North Carolina Tar Heels
72 John Bright - Drake Bulldogs
73 Harold Loehlein - Army Black Knights
74 Lawrence Hairston - Nevada Wolf Pack
75 Bob Carey - Michigan State Spartan


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