Rookie Football Cards

Image Set # Card Title/Players Pro Team Position College Honors Notes Grades available at Nearmint Sports Cards
1978 Topps Rafael Septien 1978 Topps 312 Rafael Septien Los Angeles Rams kicker Louisiana-Lafayette Rookie card
1978 Topps Terry Beeson 1978 Topps 313 Terry Beeson Seattle Seahawks linebacker Kansas Rookie card
1978 Topps Tony Dorsett 1978 Topps 315 Tony Dorsett Dallas Cowboys running back Pittsburgh Heisman Trophy 1976, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1994, Cowboys Ring of Honor 1994, College Hall of Fame 1994 Rookie card
1978 Topps John Stallworth 1978 Topps 320 John Stallworth Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Alabama A and M Pro Football Hall of Fame 2002, Steelers All-Time Team Rookie card
1978 Topps Ed Simonini 1978 Topps 325 Ed Simonini Baltimore Colts linebacker Texas A and M Rookie card
1978 Topps Wesley Walker 1978 Topps 327 Wesley Walker New York Jets wide receiver California Jets Ring of Honor 2012 Rookie card
1978 Topps Bobby Hammond 1978 Topps 352 Bobby Hammond New York Giants running back Morgan State Rookie card
1978 Topps Dave Mays 1978 Topps 353 Dave Mays Cleveland Browns quarterback Texas Southern Rookie card
1978 Topps Louie Kelcher 1978 Topps 360 Louie Kelcher San Diego Chargers defensive tackle SMU Chargers Hall of Fame 2003 Rookie card
1978 Topps Stanley Morgan 1978 Topps 361 Stanley Morgan New England Patriots wide receiver Tennessee Patriots Hall of Fame 2007 Rookie card
1978 Topps Bruce Harper 1978 Topps 362 Bruce Harper New York Jets running back Kutztown Rookie card

Harper is the founder and director of Heroes and Cool Kids, a mentoring program for middle school kids.
1978 Topps Merv Krakau 1978 Topps 369 Merv Krakau Buffalo Bills linebacker Iowa State Rookie card
1978 Topps Bennie Cunningham 1978 Topps 371 Bennie Cunningham Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Clemson Steelers All-Time Team Rookie card
1978 Topps Eddie Edwards 1978 Topps 374 Eddie Edwards Cincinnati Bengals defensive end, defensive tackle Miami Florida Rookie card

Edwards was elected to the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame in 1989.
1978 Topps Joe Washington 1978 Topps 387 Joe Washington Baltimore Colts running back Oklahoma College Hall of Fame 2005 Rookie card

Washington placed third in voting for the Heisman Trophy in 1974, and fifth in 1975. See my football cards of Heisman candidates page.
1978 Topps James Hunter 1978 Topps 389 James Hunter Detroit Lions defensive back Grambling Rookie card

Hunter's son, Javin Hunter, was a wide receiver for the Baltimore Ravens in 2002.
1978 Topps Jimmy Allen 1978 Topps 391 Jimmy Allen Detroit Lions defensive back Pierce College, UCLA Rookie card

Allen was elected to the Pierce College Hall of Fame in 2012.
1978 Topps Gary Burley 1978 Topps 395 Gary Burley Cincinnati Bengals defensive end, defensive tackle Pittsburgh Rookie card

Burley is the founder and CEO of Pro Start Academy, an organization that helps student-athletes prepare for college and beyond.
1978 Topps Artimus Parker 1978 Topps 402 Artimus Parker New York Jets defensive back USC Rookie card
1978 Topps Herman Edwards 1978 Topps 404 Herman Edwards Philadelphia Eagles defensive back California, San Diego State Rookie card

Edwards was the head coach of the New York Jets from 2001 to 2005, and of the Kansas City Chiefs from 2006 to 2008.
1978 Topps Jim Smith 1978 Topps 411 Jim Smith Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Michigan Rookie card
1978 Topps Bill Bryant 1978 Topps 412 Bill Bryant New York Giants defensive back Grambling Rookie card

Bryant played in the World Football League in 1974 and 1975.
1978 Topps Derrel Luce 1978 Topps 418 Derrel Luce Baltimore Colts linebacker Baylor Rookie card
1978 Topps Louis Wright 1978 Topps 420 Louis Wright Denver Broncos defensive back Arizona State, San Jose State Broncos Ring of Fame 1993 Rookie card
1978 Topps Alfred Jenkins 1978 Topps 423 Alfred Jenkins Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Morris Brown Rookie card

Jenkins played for the Birmingham Americans in the World Football League in 1974.