Rookie Football Cards

Image Set # Card Title/Players Pro Team Position College Honors Notes Grades available at Nearmint Sports Cards
1978 Topps David Hill 1978 Topps 26 David Hill Detroit Lions tight end Texas A and M - Kingsville Rookie card
1978 Topps Robin Earl 1978 Topps 32 Robin Earl Chicago Bears fullback, tight end Washington Rookie card
1978 Topps Gary Green 1978 Topps 42 Gary Green Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Baylor Rookie card
1978 Topps Gary Shirk 1978 Topps 54 Gary Shirk New York Giants tight end Morehead State Rookie card

Shirk played for the World Football League's Memphis Southmen in 1974 and 1975.
1978 Topps Mario Clark 1978 Topps 57 Mario Clark Buffalo Bills defensive back Oregon Rookie card
1978 Topps Johnny Rodgers 1978 Topps 63 Johnny Rodgers San Diego Chargers wide receiver Nebraska Heisman Trophy 1972, College Hall of Fame 2000 Rookie card

Rodgers played for the Montreal Aloutettes from 1973 to 1976. He won the CFL's Most Outstanding Rookie award in 1973.
1978 Topps Fred Steinfort 1978 Topps 66 Fred Steinfort Atlanta Falcons kicker Boston College Rookie card
1978 Topps Billy Brooks 1978 Topps 74 Billy Brooks Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Oklahoma Rookie card
1978 Topps Tom Hicks 1978 Topps 92 Tom Hicks Chicago Bears linebacker Illinois Rookie card
1978 Topps Norris Thomas 1978 Topps 96 Norris Thomas Miami Dolphins defensive back Southern Mississippi Rookie card

The back of this card says that Thomas is the nephew of Jim Marsalis. Marsalis played for the Kansas City Chiefs and New Orleans Saints.
1978 Topps Gary Barbaro 1978 Topps 97 Gary Barbaro Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Nicholls State Rookie card

Barbaro had a 102-yard interception return in 1977, longest in the NFL.
1978 Topps Abdul Salaam 1978 Topps 101 Abdul Salaam New York Jets defensive tackle Kent State Rookie card

Salaam changed his name from Larry Faulk to Abdul Salaam in 1977.
1978 Topps Marv Kellum 1978 Topps 102 Marv Kellum St. Louis Cardinals linebacker Wichita State Rookie card
1978 Topps Tony Peters 1978 Topps 113 Tony Peters Cleveland Browns defensive back Oklahoma Rookie card
1978 Topps Steve Nelson 1978 Topps 116 Steve Nelson New England Patriots linebacker Augsburg, North Dakota State Patriots Hall of Fame 1993 Rookie card

The Patriots have retired Nelson's number, 57.
1978 Topps Rolf Benirschke 1978 Topps 122 Rolf Benirschke San Diego Chargers kicker California-Davis Chargers Hall of Fame 1997 Rookie card

Benirschke hosted the daytime version of Wheel of Fortune in 1989.
1978 Topps Haskel Stanback 1978 Topps 123 Haskel Stanback Atlanta Falcons running back Tennessee Rookie card
1978 Topps Rick Kane 1978 Topps 126 Rick Kane Detroit Lions running back Oregon, San Jose State Rookie card
1978 Topps Jimmy Robinson 1978 Topps 139 Jimmy Robinson New York Giants wide receiver Georgia Tech Rookie card

Robinson is currently the wide receivers coach for the Dallas Cowboys.
1978 Topps Marvin Powell 1978 Topps 141 Marvin Powell New York Jets tackle USC College Hall of Fame 1994 Rookie card

Powell's son, Marvin Powell III, was a fullback for the New Orleans Saints in 1999.
1978 Topps Rob Lytle 1978 Topps 144 Rob Lytle Denver Broncos running back Michigan College Hall of Fame 2015 Rookie card

Lytle finished third in voting for the 1976 Heisman Trophy. See the Gallery's football cards of Heisman candidates page.
1978 Topps Morris Owens 1978 Topps 146 Morris Owens Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Arizona State Rookie card

Owens caught the first touchdown pass in Tampa Bay franchise history, a one-yarder from Louis Carter. He was the Buccaneers' leading receiver in 1976, 1977, and 1978.
1978 Topps Mike Williams 1978 Topps 152 Mike Williams San Diego Chargers defensive back LSU Rookie card
1978 Topps Raymond Clayborn 1978 Topps 158 Raymond Clayborn New England Patriots defensive back Texas Rookie card

Clayborn intercepted 36 passes with the Patriots, a team record he shares with Ty Law.
1978 Topps Willie Parker 1978 Topps 176 Willie Parker Buffalo Bills center, guard North Texas Rookie card