1956 Topps Football Cards

1956 Topps football card wrapperThere are 120 cards in the 1956 Topps set. It is the first football card set to include a checklist, and it is also the first to include team cards. All of the Washington Redskins and Chicago Cardinals cards are short prints; you can see why on my 1956 Topps virtual uncut sheet page.

See Nearmint's Blog for an overview of the 1950-1959 Topps sets. See the Legendary Auctions web site for pictures of a 1956 Topps 5-cent display box.

Rookie cards of Pro Football Hall of Famers in the 1956 Topps set: Roosevelt Brown, Bill George, Stan Jones, Lenny Moore, Joe Schmidt. Rookie cards of Heisman Trophy winners in the 1956 Topps set: Billy Vessels.

To see a large picture of any card (or stamp, sticker, etc.) in the Gallery, click on the small picture or the title.

Picture Set # Card Title/Players Pro Team Position College Honors Notes Est. Retail Value (?) Grades available at nearmintcards.com
1956 Topps Checklist 1956 Topps NNO Checklist Short print

The 1956 Topps set was the first football card set to include a checklist. The checklist is not numbered.

ex $60

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fair
1956 Topps John Carson 1956 Topps 1 John Carson Washington Redskins end Georgia Short print

ex $5

nm $46

PSA 6, ex
1956 Topps Gordon Soltau 1956 Topps 2 Gordon Soltau San Francisco 49ers end, kicker Minnesota

ex $5

nm $24

1956 Topps Frank Varrichione 1956 Topps 3 Frank Varrichione Pittsburgh Steelers tackle Notre Dame

ex $5

nm $24

ex
1956 Topps Eddie Bell 1956 Topps 4 Eddie Bell Philadelphia Eagles defensive back Pennsylvania

ex $5

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exmt
1956 Topps Alex Webster 1956 Topps 5 Alex Webster New York Giants halfback North Carolina State Giants Ring of Honor 2011 Rookie card

Webster played for the Giants from 1955 to 1964.

ex $7

nm $22

1956 Topps Norm Van Brocklin 1956 Topps 6 Norm Van Brocklin Los Angeles Rams quarterback, coach Oregon College Hall of Fame 1966, Eagles Honor Roll 1987, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1971

ex $10

nm $22

1956 Topps Green Bay Packers Team 1956 Topps 7 Green Bay Packers Team Green Bay Packers This card pictures the 1955 Packers team. The team photo includes Deral Teteak, a member of the Packers Hall of Fame who never appeared on a card of his own.

ex $7

nm $18

PSA 6, ex+
1956 Topps Lou Creekmur 1956 Topps 8 Lou Creekmur Detroit Lions tackle William and Mary Pro Football Hall of Fame 1996

ex $10

nm $22

1956 Topps Lou Groza 1956 Topps 9 Lou Groza Cleveland Browns tackle, kicker Ohio State Browns Ring of Honor 2010, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1974

ex $10

nm $22

PSA 7, exmt
1956 Topps Tom Bienemann 1956 Topps 10 Tom Bienemann Chicago Cardinals end Drake Short print

ex $5

nm $18

exmt
1956 Topps George Blanda 1956 Topps 11 George Blanda Chicago Bears quarterback, kicker Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame 1981

ex $15

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PSA 8, nm-mt oc
1956 Topps Alan Ameche 1956 Topps 12 Alan Ameche Baltimore Colts fullback Wisconsin College Hall of Fame 1975, Heisman Trophy 1954 Ameche placed sixth in voting for the Heisman Trophy in 1953, and he won it in 1954. See my page of football cards of Heisman candidates.

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1956 Topps Vic Janowicz 1956 Topps 13 Vic Janowicz Washington Redskins halfback Ohio State College Hall of Fame 1976, Heisman Trophy 1950 Short print

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ex
1956 Topps Dick Moegle 1956 Topps 14 Dick Moegle San Francisco 49ers defensive back Rice

ex $5

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1956 Topps Fran Rogel 1956 Topps 15 Fran Rogel Pittsburgh Steelers fullback Penn State

ex $5

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1956 Topps Harold Giancanelli 1956 Topps 16 Harold Giancanelli Philadelphia Eagles halfback Loyola (L.A.)

ex $5

nm $12

PSA 7, ex
1956 Topps Emlen Tunnell 1956 Topps 17 Emlen Tunnell New York Giants defensive back Iowa, Toledo Giants Ring of Honor 2010, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1967

ex $10

nm $22

PSA 9
1956 Topps Tank Younger 1956 Topps 18 Tank Younger Los Angeles Rams fullback Grambling College Hall of Fame 2000

ex $7

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1956 Topps Bill Howton 1956 Topps 19 Bill Howton Green Bay Packers end Rice Packers Hall of Fame 1974 Howton holds the Packers record for receiving yards in a game. He gained 257 yards on 7 receptions in a game against the Rams in 1956.

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1956 Topps Jack Christiansen 1956 Topps 20 Jack Christiansen Detroit Lions defensive back Colorado State Pro Football Hall of Fame 1970

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1956 Topps Pete Brewster 1956 Topps 21 Pete Brewster Cleveland Browns end Purdue

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exmt
1956 Topps Chicago Cardinals Team 1956 Topps 22 Chicago Cardinals Team Chicago Cardinals Short print

This card pictures the 1955 Chicago Cardinals team.

ex $7

nm $16

1956 Topps Ed Brown 1956 Topps 23 Ed Brown Chicago Bears quarterback San Francisco

ex $5

nm $10

PSA 8, PSA 9 oc, exmt
1956 Topps Joe Campanella 1956 Topps 24 Joe Campanella Baltimore Colts guard Ohio State

ex $5

nm $14

exmt
1956 Topps Leon Heath 1956 Topps 25 Leon Heath Washington Redskins halfback Oklahoma Short print

According to nfl.com, Heath played in the NFL from 1951 to 1953. I don't know why he appeared on a card in 1956.

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ex
1956 Topps San Francisco 49ers Team 1956 Topps 26 San Francisco 49ers Team San Francisco 49ers This card pictures the 1955 49ers team. Most of the players on the card also appeared on 1955 49ers Team Issue Photos.

ex $7

nm $28

1956 Topps Dick Flanagan 1956 Topps 27 Dick Flanagan Pittsburgh Steelers guard Ohio State

ex $5

nm $16

ex
1956 Topps Chuck Bednarik 1956 Topps 28 Chuck Bednarik Philadelphia Eagles center, defensive tackle Pennsylvania College Hall of Fame 1969, Eagles Honor Roll 1987, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1967

ex $10

nm $22

1956 Topps Kyle Rote 1956 Topps 29 Kyle Rote New York Giants end SMU College Hall of Fame 1964

ex $7

nm $16

1956 Topps Les Richter 1956 Topps 30 Les Richter Los Angeles Rams linebacker California College Hall of Fame 1982, Pro Football Hall of Fame 2011

ex $7

nm $22

1956 Topps Howard Ferguson 1956 Topps 31 Howard Ferguson Green Bay Packers halfback Packers Hall of Fame 1974

ex $5

nm $10

ex
1956 Topps Dorne Dibble 1956 Topps 32 Dorne Dibble Detroit Lions end Michigan State

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nm $10

exmt
1956 Topps Ken Konz 1956 Topps 33 Ken Konz Cleveland Browns defensive back LSU

ex $5

nm $16

exmt
1956 Topps Dave Mann 1956 Topps 34 Dave Mann Chicago Cardinals halfback Oregon State Rookie card, short print

Mann played for the Chicago Cardinals from 1955 to 1957, and for the CFL's Toronto Argonauts in 1958 and from 1960 to 1970.

ex $5

nm $34

1956 Topps Rick Casares 1956 Topps 35 Rick Casares Chicago Bears fullback Florida

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1956 Topps Art Donovan 1956 Topps 36 Art Donovan Baltimore Colts defensive tackle Boston College, Notre Dame Pro Football Hall of Fame 1968 Donovan wrote an autobiography named Fatso. You can usually find it on eBay.

ex $10

nm $22

SGC 84
1956 Topps Chuck Drazenovich 1956 Topps 37 Chuck Drazenovich Washington Redskins defensive back Penn State

ex $5

nm $28

exmt
1956 Topps Joe Arenas 1956 Topps 38 Joe Arenas San Francisco 49ers halfback Nebraska - Omaha

ex $5

nm $30

1956 Topps Lynn Chandnois 1956 Topps 39 Lynn Chandnois Pittsburgh Steelers halfback Michigan State

ex $5

nm $14

exmt
1956 Topps Philadelphia Eagles Team 1956 Topps 40 Philadelphia Eagles Team Philadelphia Eagles This card pictures the 1955 Philadelphia Eagles team.

ex $7

nm $18

1956 Topps Roosevelt Brown 1956 Topps 41 Roosevelt Brown New York Giants tackle Morgan State Giants Ring of Honor 2010, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1975 Rookie card

ex $16

nm $35

1956 Topps Tom Fears 1956 Topps 42 Tom Fears Los Angeles Rams end UCLA, Santa Clara College Hall of Fame 1976, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1970

ex $10

nm $22

1956 Topps Gary Knafelc 1956 Topps 43 Gary Knafelc Green Bay Packers end Colorado Packers Hall of Fame 1996 Rookie card

ex $7

nm $18

exmt
1956 Topps Joe Schmidt 1956 Topps 44 Joe Schmidt Detroit Lions linebacker Pittsburgh College Hall of Fame 2000, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1973 Rookie card

ex $16

nm $35

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1956 Topps Cleveland Browns Team 1956 Topps 45 Cleveland Browns Team Cleveland Browns This card pictures the 1955 Cleveland Browns team. 1955 was Otto Graham's last season, and the Browns won the NFL Championship. Hall of Fame coach Chuck Noll was a linebacker on the team.

ex $7

nm $20

1956 Topps Len Teeuws 1956 Topps 46 Len Teeuws Chicago Cardinals tackle Tulane Rookie card, short print

ex $5

nm $34

PSA 7
1956 Topps Bill George 1956 Topps 47 Bill George Chicago Bears linebacker, guard Wake Forest Pro Football Hall of Fame 1974 Rookie card

ex $20

nm $50

ex
1956 Topps Baltimore Colts Team 1956 Topps 48 Baltimore Colts Team Baltimore Colts This card pictures the 1955 Baltimore Colts team. Hall of Fame NFL coach Don Shula is in the front row. Leroy Vaughn, father of major league baseball's Mo Vaughn, is in the back row.

ex $7

nm $16

1956 Topps Eddie LeBaron 1956 Topps 49 Eddie LeBaron Washington Redskins quarterback Pacific College Hall of Fame 1980, Redskins Ring of Fame 2000 Short print

ex $7

nm $46

ex

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