Rookie Card Year: 1955
Investment Rating: 7.5
The first modern receiver, Don Hutson was a top player for the University of Alabama and the Green Bay Packers. While Hutson is recognized as one of the greatest receivers in NFL history, his cardboard options are limited. Nevertheless, Don Hutson cards and memorabilia remain popular with collectors.
Don Hutson first made his name at Alabama as an All-American and was noted for his speed and change of pace. Following his graduation in 1935, Hutson sought to continue his football career in the NFL. Because this time pre-dated the NFL Draft, Hutson was permitted to sign with any team. He actually signed with Brooklyn and Green Bay but joined the Packers as that contract was signed earlier.
Don Hutson was a two-time MVP and was an eight-time First-Team All-Pro selection with the Green Bay Packers. He also won three NFL titles. When he retired following the 1945 season, Hutson held nearly all the career receiving records. Several NFL records are still held by Don Hutson, including:
- Total Points in a Quarter - 29
- Total Seasons Leading the NFL in Receptions - 8
- Total Seasons Leading the NFL in Receiving Yards - 7
- Total Seasons Leading the NFL in Touchdowns - 8
- Total Seasons Leading the NFL in Touchdown receptions - 9
Despite all this gridiron success, there are simply not many Don Hutson cards available to collectors. The football card world was still in its infancy when Hutson entered the league and the few pre-1950s sets that were released did not include him. Hutson's first official card was not issued until 1955, roughly a decade after he retired. Hutson also did not sign much for card products, with the majority of his pack-pulled autograph cards being cut signatures. Don Hutson passed away in 1997.
Don Hutson Rookie Card and Other Key Early Cards
The earliest known "card" for Don Hutson came on the back of Wheaties boxes in 1935. The hand-cut cards honored the 1934 All-Americans and measured around 6" x 6-1/4". The cards don't surface often and can command huge values in good condition.
The primary card for Don Hutson is found in 1955 Topps All American. The college-themed released by Topps came out ten years after Hutson retired from the NFL and twenty years after he finished college. The value for the Don Huston rookie is further increased as his card is one of several short prints.