The evolution of football cards has come a long way from the first post war set that Bowman issued in 1948. Bowman had the contract to issue cards for the NFL through 1955, and during those eight years the cards continued to improve in size, color and quality.
Topps issued its first set with NFL players in 1956 and continues to do so to this day. Many other companies have issued football card sets over years, the Topps football remain the most popular with collectors.
By Dean Hanley