1959 Topps Football Cards
There are 176 cards in the 1959 Topps football card set. They were released in two series of 88. The second series cards, numbers 89-176, appear to have been printed in larger numbers than the first series cards. This is unusual: in most sets, the earlier series were printed in greater numbers. My virtual uncut sheet of 1959 Topps cards shows how second series sheets were configured. One peculiarity of the set is that all of the Chicago Bears cards in the set are in the second series.
It is well known that the Jim Taylor rookie card in the 1959 Topps set pictures the wrong Jim Taylor. You can see that card and numerous others that picture the wrong player on my Mistaken Identities page.
There are pictures of a 1959 Topps 5-cent display box on the Legendary Auctions web site.
|Image||Set||#||Card Title/Players||Pro Team||Position||College||Honors||Notes||Grades available at Nearmint Sports Cards|
|1959 Topps||1||John Unitas||Baltimore Colts||quarterback||Louisville||Pro Football Hall of Fame 1979|
|1959 Topps||2||Gene Brito||Los Angeles Rams||defensive end||Loyola (L.A.)||Redskins Ring of Fame||exmt, PSA 4.5|
|1959 Topps||3||Detroit Lions Team||Detroit Lions|
|1959 Topps||4||Max McGee||Green Bay Packers||end||Tulane||Packers Hall of Fame 1975||Rookie card|
|1959 Topps||5||Hugh McElhenny||San Francisco 49ers||halfback||Washington||Pro Football Hall of Fame 1970, College Hall of Fame 1981, 49ers Hall of Fame 2009|
|1959 Topps||6||Joe Schmidt||Detroit Lions||linebacker||Pittsburgh||Pro Football Hall of Fame 1973, College Hall of Fame 2000||PSA 8|
|1959 Topps||7||Kyle Rote||New York Giants||end||SMU||College Hall of Fame 1964|
|1959 Topps||8||Clarence Peaks||Philadelphia Eagles||fullback||Michigan State|
|1959 Topps||9||Steelers Pennant||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|1959 Topps||10||Jim Brown||Cleveland Browns||fullback||Syracuse||Pro Football Hall of Fame 1971, College Hall of Fame 1995, Browns Ring of Honor 2010||PSA 4, PSA 3|
|1959 Topps||11||Ray Mathews||Pittsburgh Steelers||end||Clemson||Steelers Legends Team||exmt|
|1959 Topps||12||Bobby Dillon||Green Bay Packers||defensive back||Texas||Packers Hall of Fame 1974||nm, PSA 8 oc|
|1959 Topps||13||Joe Childress||Chicago Cardinals||halfback||Auburn||exmt, PSA 6 st|
|1959 Topps||14||Terry Barr||Detroit Lions||defensive back||Michigan||Rookie card||nm|
|1959 Topps||15||Del Shofner||Los Angeles Rams||end||Baylor||Rookie card
Shofner and Charlie Bradshaw were teammates at Center High School in Center, Texas. See the Gallery's High School Teammates page.
|1959 Topps||16||Bob Pellegrini||Philadelphia Eagles||linebacker||Maryland||College Hall of Fame 1996||Name misspelled "Pellagrini" on back.||vg|
|1959 Topps||17||Baltimore Colts Team||Baltimore Colts|
|1959 Topps||18||Preston Carpenter||Cleveland Browns||halfback||Arkansas||exmt|
|1959 Topps||19||Leo Nomellini||San Francisco 49ers||defensive tackle||Minnesota||Pro Football Hall of Fame 1969, College Hall of Fame 1977, 49ers Hall of Fame 2009||PSA 7 oc|
|1959 Topps||20||Frank Gifford||New York Giants||halfback||USC, Bakersfield College||College Hall of Fame 1975, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1977||PSA 8|
|1959 Topps||21||Charlie Ane||Detroit Lions||center, tackle||USC||Ane's brother, Gilbert, played one game for the CFL's Montreal Alouettes in 1959.||exmt|
|1959 Topps||22||Jack Butler||Pittsburgh Steelers||defensive back||St. Bonaventure||Pro Football Hall of Fame 2012, Steelers Legends Team, Steelers All-Time Team|
|1959 Topps||23||Bart Starr||Green Bay Packers||quarterback||Alabama||Packers Hall of Fame 1977, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1977||PSA 7, PSA 6, PSA 5|
|1959 Topps||24||Cardinals Pennant||Chicago Cardinals||exmt|
|1959 Topps||25||Bill Barnes||Philadelphia Eagles||halfback||Wake Forest||nm|