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Pre-1950 Football Cards

Browse Pre-1950s Vintage Football Card Sets and Checklists. Buy Vintage Football Cards made between the 1800s and 1959 Using Our Price Comparison and Hot Auction Tools.

1894 Mayo Cut Plug N302 Football Cards

1894 Mayo Cut Plug N302 Football Cards

The first-ever set of football cards, 1894 Mayo Cut Plug features 35 college players from Harvard, Yale and Princeton. Get the scoop on the set that’s gone on to inspire multiple modern tributes.

1935 National Chicle Football Cards

1935 National Chicle Football Cards

1935 National Chicle Football was the first nationally available set with only football players. The vintage set includes legendary coach Knute Rockne and the rookie card for Bronko Nagurski.

1948 Bowman Football Cards

1948 Bowman Football Cards

1948 Bowman Football marked the start of modern football collecting. The vintage set includes rookies of Sammy Baugh, Pete Pihos and Steve Van Buren.

1948 Leaf Football Cards

1948 Leaf Football Cards

1948 Leaf Football combined college and pro stars in the same vintage set. Top rookies include Slingin Sammy Baugh and Chuck Bednarik.

1949 Leaf Football Cards

1949 Leaf Football Cards

Collectors may think they are seeing double with 1949 Leaf Football. The skip-numbered set is very similar to the 1948 release, but with a few key differences.