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Though he was actually entering his third season in the NFL, Hall of Famer Tom Landry’s rookie card didn’t appear until the unveiling of Bowman’s 1951 card issue. The springboard for that card was this image – an original that was likely taken in the summer of 1950. This is an 8” x 10” photo that’s in about EX condition. The piece has no copyright on the reverse, yet we do find there publishing notes and his penciled identity as “Giants’ Backfield Star.” Landry’s talents on the early ‘50s’ gridiron might not have been worthy of a niche in Canton…but his command of strategy on the Dallas sideline certainly was (his TV commercials weren’t bad either).
Tom Landry Original Photograph – Used for Card #20 in 1951 Bowman Football Issue
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