1950-1959 Football Cards
Although not technically the beginning of football cards, the late-1940s and early-1950s marked the the emergence of regularly-issued football cards. While they don’t have the same popularity as baseball cards from the same period, 1950s cards are very popular for collectors based on their classic design and rookie offerings. Once again, Topps and Bowman battled for card supremacy during the decade. Bowman dominated the early-1950s and Topps owned the late-1950s.
Top rookie options from the 1950s include Jim Brown, Johnny Unitas, Raymond Berry, Lenny Moore, Otto Graham, Dick Lane, Bart Star, Norm Van Brocklin, George Blanda, Paul Hornung and Joe Paterno.
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An iconic vintage release, 1950 Bowman Football features an artistic style and key rookie cards for Otto Graham and Y.A. Tittle.
Not only is 1950 Topps Felt Backs Football the brand’s initial foray into football card sets, but it is also home to the Joe Paterno rookie card.
1951 Bowman Football is home to the rookie card for legendary coach Tom Landry. The vintage football release actually differs from the baseball set design.
1951 Topps Magic Football came with an added scratch-off surprise for collectors. The top rookies include Vic Janowicz, Babe Parilli and Bill Wade.
1952 Bowman Large Football Card Price Comparisons, Set Details, Checklist, Auction Tracker and Buying Guide.
1952 Bowman Small Football Card Price Comparisons, Set Details, Checklist, Auction Tracker and Buying Guide.
1953 Bowman Football Card Price Comparisons, Set Details, Checklist, Auction Tracker and Buying Guide.
1954 Bowman Football Card Price Comparisons, Set Details, Checklist, Auction Tracker and Buying Guide.
1955 Bowman Football Card Price Comparisons, Set Details, Checklist, Auction Tracker and Buying Guide.
1955 Topps All-American Football is regarded as one of the most important sets in the sport’s history. The collegiate set includes such legends as Red Grange, Jim Thorpe, Knute Rockne and a card of Notre Dame’s legendary Four Horsemen.
1956 Topps Football marks the company’s debut as a licensed NFL football card maker. Key rookie cards include Lenny Moore and Roosevelt Brown.
Thanks to its strong checklist and distinct design, 1957 Topps Football is one of the most beloved vintage sets in the hobby. Johnny Unitas and Bart Starr rookie cards lead the release.
Although 1958 Topps Football doesn’t have a lot of notable cards, it does include the rookie card of the legendary Jim Brown.
1959 Topps Football features one of the most distinct designs of all-time. It was also the company’s biggest gridiron offering to date. Key rookies include Sam Huff and Jim Taylor.