The 1952 Bowman Van Brocklin Rookie Card is attractive to collectors because Van Brocklin was the most prolific passer of his day – and any day in one respect: His 554 yards passing in a game remains an NFL record. Van Brocklin had a very strong arm with good accuracy in a career that took him from the Los Angeles Rams to the Philadelphia Eagles. He led both teams to NFL Championships.
After a stellar college career at the University of Oregon, the Rams selected Van Brocklin in the 4th round of the 1949 draft, the 37th player taken. He split time at QB with Bob Waterfield and in 1950 the Rams were the highest-scoring team in NFL history, at 38.8 points a game. The record still stands. In 1951, Van Brocklin had his 554 yard game and more importantly led the Rams to the NFL Championship.
Van Brocklin signed with the Eagles in 1958 and was their quarterback when they won the 1960 NFL Championship. He retired after that season and went into coaching. In his 12-year career, Norm Van Brocklin was selected to 9 Pro Bowl and was All-Pro in 1960. In 1971, Norm Van Brocklin was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Norm Van Brocklin Rookie Card
The 1952 Bowman Van Brocklin Rookie Card features a painted image of Van Brocklin on the face, arm cocked, focused on a receiver and ready to throw. A pennant bears his full name, Norman Van Brocklin, with the old Rams logo affixed above it. The back of the card gives Van Brocklin’s vitals. He is listed at 6-1 and 200lbs. The notes mention that he was the NFL passing leader in 1950 but was beaten by teammate Waterfield in 1951 for the honor. His stats for the year are listed, including those for punting. He led the NFL in punting twice, to go with his 3 years leading the league in passing yardage.
The card number is 1, making a high-quality 1952 Bowman Van Brocklin Rookie Card tough to come by and worth considering if you do find one. Number 1 cards typically get harsher treatment because so many collectors arrange them by number, with the top or first card being scratched, faded, marked, etc.
This card has recently sold for over $2,000 in near mint condition. Because passing is now so central to the NFL, and because Van Brocklin is one of the most accomplished passers in NFL history, the 1952 Bowman Van Brocklin Rookie Card is expected to continue to grow in value in the years ahead.
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