With card-used photos skyrocketing in popularity and price, we're proud to present one of only two known Type I examples of Lou Groza's rookie-card image by Browns team photographer Arthur Somers.
There is simply no finer shot of "The Toe"—and it's quite something to see the original black-and-white scene that spawned the colorized 1950 Bowman depiction. Now we get the whole of Groza's standing leg; the individual blades of grass and clover at his feet; the chalked field lines; the antique metal sprinkler behind him; and the vintage automobiles in the distance. Not to mention, of course, a crystal-clear view of the Toe's toes on his cleats.
Routine peripheral usage/handling wear is heaviest along the top edge and does not impact the clean central image area. Captioned on the reverse, along with an editorial notation, is, "Lou Groza / Tackle / Cleveland Browns." It bears mentioning that a similar pose from later in Groza's career was used for the cover of his 1995 autobiography The Toe: The Lou Groza Story. As any Cleveland fan of a certain age will tell you, Groza was the heart and soul of the Browns franchise for over 20 years. He played the longest and remains the Browns' all-time scoring leader. As a point of reference on value, we had the pleasure of selling Joe Namath's 1970 Topps card-used rookie photo several years ago for a whopping $66,000.
Encapsulated as "Type I Authentic / 50 Bowman Image" by PSA.