The 1961 Nu-Card Football Card Set was Nu-Card's initial set into the Football card market. Competitors Topps and Fleer were already producing pro football sets, so Nu-Card decided to issue an 80 card set consisting entirely of college players. The cards feature a close up black and white photo of the player with a color background and pennant of the player's school. The cards are numbered #101-180 and represent approximately 50 different colleges.
Several of the 1961 Nu-Card Football Card Set's players went on to play professional football and many were enshrined into the College Hall-of-Fame.
The most popular card in the set is #143 1961 Heisman trophy winner, Ernie Davis. Davis was the first African-American to win the award and was the top pick of the 1962 NFL draft. Tragically, Davis never got to play in the NFL succumbing to a fatal illness leading to his death in 1963 at the young age of 23. This makes Davis' college issued card even more special to collectors.
By Dean Hanley
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