Tom Fears - 1955 Bowman

Thomas Jesse Fears (December 3, 1922 - January 4, 2000) (WR/E) became the first true wide receiver when he lined up on the line of scrimmage but away from the tackle. The Los Angeles Rams took the two-time All-American from UCLA as a defensive back in the 11th round of the 1945 NFL Draft and converted him into an offensive threat at the wide receiver/flanker position when he joined the team in 1948. Fears spent three years in the military during World War II before joining the Rams, where he played his entire career (1948-1956). Tom took the NFL by storm as he led the league in receptions in his first three seasons (1948-1950) as well as leading the league in receiving yards (1,116) in his third season and second consecutive campaign with over 1,000 yards. The 1950 season proved to be his finest as he averaged 93.0 yards per game and was rewarded with selections to the NFL Pro Bowl and the NFL All-Pro First Team. Fears helped lead the Rams to the 1951 NFL League Championship over the Cleveland Browns scoring the game winning touchdown on a 13-yard reception followed by a 60 yards run to score. Tom Fears finished his playing career with 5,397 receiving yards, 400 receptions and 38 receiving touchdowns. He had 5,412 all-purpose yards, 249 points on 39 all-purpose TDs, 12 extra points and one field goal while intercepting two passes and recovering one fumble. Following his playing career, Fears served as a coach for five different teams and was the head coach of the New Orleans Saints from 1967-1970. He compiled an NFL head coaching record of 13-34-2 in 49 games. Tom Fears was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1970 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1976.



Condition Census (Explain)

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MINT 9 (11)

PRICES BY GRADE

1955 BOWMAN 43 TOM FEARS

Grade Most Recent Price Average Price SMR Price Population POP Higher
Auth 383
PR 1 1 382
FR 1.5 382
GOOD 2 2 380
VG 3 1 379
VG - EX 4 $6.50 $6.50 22 357
EX 5 $6.88 $6.88 $8.00 45 310
EX - MT 6 $14.95 $14.95 $14.00 66 243
NM 7 $27.00 $21.06 $28.00 100 137
NM - MT 8 $45.00 $40.33 $60.00 116 15
MINT 9 $260.00 $260.00 $200.00 11
GEM - MT 10

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