Jerry Kramer Rookie Card

With their 1st Pick in the 4th Round of the 1958 NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers selected Jerry Kramer from Idaho University. Jerry Kramer has one official rookie card.

Jerry Kramer the Offensive Key

I’m not talking about Jerry Kramer from the show, Seinfeld. This Jerry was nicknamed Zipper and was a 6′ 3″ 245lb Guard that played for the Green Bay Packers between 1958-1968.

He was highly thought of by his coach Vince Lombardi who said, “Kramer is the best Guard in the league.” Such high accolades by such a prominent figure like Lombardi comes with good reason.

Kramer was an important part of Lombardi’s football philosophy, the “Packer Sweep” it’s a play that entailed both left and right guards to pull out from their normal positions and become lead blockers for the running back.

Lombardi demanded that this play runs with excellence and would repeatedly teach it,

“What we’re trying to get is a seal here and a seal here and try to run this play in the alley!”

Kramer’s agility and speed to get there and make that block is what made the Packer Sweep so effective.

Jerry Kramer in the “Ice Bowl”

Kramer is credited with having the most celebrated block in NFL history.

It was December 31, 1967, and it was the day of the  NFL Championship game, nicknamed the “Ice Bowl” because of the brutal weather conditions in which that game was played.

Game time temperatures with the wind chill were at negative -48 degrees below zero.

It was third and goal with only 16 seconds left in the game and the Packers were inside the Dallas Cowboys 1-yard line.

QB Bart Starr called for a “Brown Right 31 Wedge.”

Jerry Kramer and center Ken Bowman executed a double-team block on the left defensive tackle and created just enough room to allow Bart Starr to jump across the goal line for a 21-17 lead.

This gave the Green Bay Packers a record three consecutive NFL Championships and Jerry Kramer played a significant role in that achievement.

Career Stats & Awards:

Career Summary: Games 130 | Field Goals Made 29 | Field Goals Attempts 54 | Extra Points Made 90.

Accomplishments:

  • 3x Pro Bowl
  • 5x All-Pro
  • 2x Super Bowl Champion
  • 5x NFL Champion
  • Hall of Fame All-1960s Team
  • HOF Induction 2018

Official Rookie Card of Jerry Kramer


1959 Topps, #116

A complete set of 1959 Topps Football has 176 cards in it.

A small number by today’s standard but back then the 59′ Topps Football was the largest set printed to date.

It was also printed in two 88 card series.

It’s been confirmed that there are twice as many of the series two cards.

A 132 card printing plate was used and since there were only 88 cards many were duplicated.

This Jerry Kramer rookie card just screams vintage!

Here we get a full-body photo of Kramer in a running pose.

The background appears to be orange and what seems to be fabric.

That little cartoon guy in the photo with him doesn’t seem to have many purposes to me but some feel that these were team logos.

The white border extends itself towards the lower portion of the card and gives us position, team, and multi-colored, all caps font for the player name.

The card back at first impression is a bit dull.

Towards the top, there is a black text box that gives us the name, position, and team, again.

I like the football with the card number inside of it, always a favorite of mine.

Basic player bio and brief commentary take up the upper third of the card back.

Great Trivia Question Included

In the back of Jerry Kramer’s rookie card is a trivia question, “Which great baseball manager once ran a pro football team?”

Intrigued by the question I took it to Google.

I believe the answer is Hugo Bezdek who managed the Pittsburg Pirates 1917-1919 and was the head coach of the Cleveland Rams in the 1937-1938 season.

I only put about 30 minutes of research into it so if my guess is wrong please leave me a comment. Towards the bottom of the card, we see bad advice.

Whatever you do, don’t “RUB EDGE OF COIN OVER THIS SPACE FOR MAGIC ANSWER.”

That would severely damage a nearly 60-year-old card.

As of the date of this post raw copies sell for $15.00-$40.00.

Graded near mint copies (7’s) sell between $50.00-$85.00, near mint-mint copies (8’s) sell for $150.00-$200.00, and mint copies (9’s) sell in the $640.00-$820.00 range.


Sources:
Jerry Kramer Stats | Pro-Football reference.com https://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/K/KramJe00.htm (accessed February 25, 2018).
Wikipedia contributors, “Jerry Kramer,” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Jerry_Kramer&oldid=824346453 (accessed February 25, 2018).
“The outrageous life of the only  man ever to serve as an MLB manager and an NFL head coach.” Cut4mlb.com. http://m.mlb.com/cutfour/2016/01/20/161855004/rams-move-to-los-angeles-remembering-mlb-and-nfl-coach-hugo-bezdek (accessed February 28, 2018).
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