Emmitt’s FIRST Rookie Card?

Some of you may know that Emmitt Smith has five official rookie cards and that all of them were produced in 1990, his first year in the NFL. You may also know that Emmitt was born in 1969. What you may NOT know is that Topps produced a card long before Emmitt’s birth which not only correctly predicted he would be born, but also that he would play football AND go to Florida AND that he would be an All-American. That card was part of the legendary 1955 Topps All-American set, which features many of yester-year’s stars in their college uniforms.


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Okay, you may have called my bluff. What you see above is actually the creation of Bob Lemke, editor of the vintage card sections of the Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards. Mr. Lemke creates custom trading cards, featuring players in sets they were not originally part of, many before they were even born! To see a whole gallery of 1955 Topps All-American cards Bob has created, click here.

Thanks is largely due to Mike of Nearmint’s Football Card Gallery and Vintage Football Card Blog for bringing this great gallery to my attention.

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2 Responses to Emmitt’s FIRST Rookie Card?

  1. bob says:

    Emmitt Smith was born in 1969 not ’63.

  2. CPAdave says:

    I’m going to chalk that up to a typo. I’m not sure how I got that one wrong. Thanks for the head’s up.

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