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.
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 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 marked the start of modern football collecting. The vintage set includes rookies of Sammy Baugh, Pete Pihos and Steve Van Buren.
1948 Leaf Football combined college and pro stars in the same vintage set. Top rookies include Slingin Sammy Baugh and Chuck Bednarik.
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.