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Old 07-25-2014, 03:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Wrestlers with Football Cards

Since there have been a lot of wrestlers who started off as football players, there are some nice and sometimes hard to find football cards out there that most football card collectors wouldn't have any interest in. As a wrestling card collector, I recently started collecting a bunch of these cards. I know there are a few more out there that I would love to obtain, but they are a little out of my price range right now such as the 1988 Georgia Bulldogs Bill Goldberg and the 1994 Miami Hurricanes Dwayne Johnson. Below are the cards that I have right now. I am mainly interested in just the first year football cards of these athletes as I know some of them played for multiple seasons.

So a few questions for anyone who might know. What other wrestlers had football cards released? And for the 1972 Wayne Mulligan card I have, is that Blackjack Mulligan or not? I have heard conflicting opinions on that one.







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Old 07-25-2014, 03:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Never heard about the Mulligan thing. Doesn't look like him. Check the stats on the back, should be easy to figure out, because Mulligan was a tall, giant sob.
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Different Mulligans.
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Old 07-25-2014, 04:02 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I collect football cards of wrestlers too.

Here's my list of wrestlers that have football cards, along with their rookie/earliest cards:

Bronko Nagurski:
1935 National Chicle #34
1938 Dixie Lids (unnumbered)
1954 Quaker Sport Oddities #26

Leo Nomellini:
1948 Leaf #52
1950 Bowman #107
1950 Topps Felt Backs

Angelo Mosca:
1959 Topps CFL #72

Alex Karras:
1959 Topps #103

Henry/Hank Jordan:
1961 Topps #45

Ernie "The Cat" Ladd:
1962 Chargers Union Oil #9
1962 Fleer #86

Ed "Wahoo" McDaniel
1967 Topps #82

Walter Johnson:
1969 Topps #165
1969 Topps Four In One-Singles

Curley Culp (NCAA Wrestler):
1971 Kellogg's #37

Ron Pritchard:
1972 NFLPA Wonderful World Stamps #163
1972 Sunoco Stamps #259
1975 Topps #51

Bill Goldberg:
1988 & 1989 Georgia Bulldogs

John Bradshaw Layfield:
1991 Proset World League Football #146

Darren "Puke" Drozdov:
1993 Bowman #373
1993 Stadium Club cards

Jack Riley:
1954 Quaker Sport Oddities #16

Sherwyn Thorson (NCAA wrestler):
1961 Nu-Card #150

Steve "Mongo" McMichael:
1985 Topps #32

Lawrence Taylor: (WrestleMania match)
1982 Topps #435

Bob Sapp:
1997 Press Pass cards
1997 Score Board cards
1997 Washington Homeworks #15

Kevin Greene:
1987 Rams Oscar Mayer #6
1988 Topps #300

Stacy Kiebler (Aka Miss Handcock):
1999 - Raven Cheerleaders promotional card

Don Manoukian:
1961 Topps #188

Otis Sistrunk:
1972 Sunoco Stamps Update #64
1975 Topps #471

Rulon Gardner: (football fan)
2005 Playoff Prestige Fans Of The Game (football fan)
2005 Playoff Prestige Fans Of The Game Autograph (football fan)

Captain Stanley Sokolis:
1930's Pennsylvania - Captain Stanley Sokolis

Gene Lipscomb :
1959 Topps - #36

Brian Pillman:
1986 Jogo CFL

Gil Mains:
1960 Topps Football #49

Wrestlers that played pro-football, but I think don't have any football cards:
-"Dick The Bruiser" Afflis
-Firpi Zybysco
-Cowboy Bill Watts
-Gus Sonnenberg
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Also Brock Lesnar football cards: (any others?)

2004 Leaf Rookies and Stars #155
2004 Leaf Rookies and Stars Longevity #155 #/999
2004 Playoff Honors #173 #/425
2004 Sweet Spot #203 #/999
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Thanks for that list! I didn't realize there were so many more that I was missing.
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Great info Steve!

I looked the Mulligan card a few weeks ago after reading an article and it is definitely not the same person. They made a mistake.

I have given some thought to buying a few of the older one's too. So far I just have the Goldberg, Dwayne Johnson and Brock Lesnar cards.
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Here one of the Rock

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That is Bronko Nagurski's son in the CFL and not the original title holder.
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That is Bronko Nagurski's son in the CFL and not the original title holder.
Good catch. Updated list above.
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