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1959 Topps Football Cards

1959 Topps football card wrapperThere 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.

Rookie cards of Pro Football Hall of Famers in the 1959 Topps set: Sam Huff, Bobby Mitchell, Jim Parker, Jim Taylor. Rookie cards of Heisman Trophy winners in the 1959 Topps set: John David Crow.

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
1959 Topps John Unitas 1959 Topps 1 John Unitas Baltimore Colts quarterback Louisville Pro Football Hall of Fame 1979

ex $40

nm $125

1959 Topps Gene Brito 1959 Topps 2 Gene Brito Los Angeles Rams defensive end Loyola (L.A.) Redskins Ring of Fame 2000

ex $3

nm $11

exmt
1959 Topps Detroit Lions Team 1959 Topps 3 Detroit Lions Team Detroit Lions

ex $5

nm $13

1959 Topps Max McGee 1959 Topps 4 Max McGee Green Bay Packers end Tulane Packers Hall of Fame 1975 Rookie card

ex $5

nm $11

ex
1959 Topps Hugh McElhenny 1959 Topps 5 Hugh McElhenny San Francisco 49ers halfback Washington 49ers Hall of Fame 2009, College Hall of Fame 1981, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1970

ex $7

nm $16

1959 Topps Joe Schmidt 1959 Topps 6 Joe Schmidt Detroit Lions linebacker Pittsburgh College Hall of Fame 2000, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1973

ex $7

nm $16

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1959 Topps Kyle Rote 1959 Topps 7 Kyle Rote New York Giants end SMU College Hall of Fame 1964

ex $3

nm $11

1959 Topps Clarence Peaks 1959 Topps 8 Clarence Peaks Philadelphia Eagles fullback Michigan State

ex $3

nm $10

1959 Topps Steelers Pennant 1959 Topps 9 Steelers Pennant Pittsburgh Steelers

ex $3

nm $10

exmt
1959 Topps Jim Brown 1959 Topps 10 Jim Brown Cleveland Browns fullback Syracuse Browns Ring of Honor 2010, College Hall of Fame 1995, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1971

ex $35

nm $100

1959 Topps Ray Mathews 1959 Topps 11 Ray Mathews Pittsburgh Steelers end Clemson

ex $3

nm $11

exmt
1959 Topps Bobby Dillon 1959 Topps 12 Bobby Dillon Green Bay Packers defensive back Texas Packers Hall of Fame 1974

ex $3

nm $9

nm
1959 Topps Joe Childress 1959 Topps 13 Joe Childress Chicago Cardinals halfback Auburn

ex $3

nm $9

nm
1959 Topps Terry Barr 1959 Topps 14 Terry Barr Detroit Lions defensive back Michigan Rookie card

ex $3

nm $11

1959 Topps Del Shofner 1959 Topps 15 Del Shofner Los Angeles Rams end Baylor Rookie card

ex $3

nm $9

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1959 Topps Bob Pellegrini 1959 Topps 16 Bob Pellegrini Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Maryland College Hall of Fame 1996 Name misspelled "Pellagrini" on back.

ex $3

nm $11

1959 Topps Baltimore Colts Team 1959 Topps 17 Baltimore Colts Team Baltimore Colts

ex $5

nm $13

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1959 Topps Preston Carpenter 1959 Topps 18 Preston Carpenter Cleveland Browns halfback Arkansas

ex $3

nm $10

nm
1959 Topps Leo Nomellini 1959 Topps 19 Leo Nomellini San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Minnesota 49ers Hall of Fame 2009, College Hall of Fame 1977, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1969

ex $7

nm $15

ex
1959 Topps Frank Gifford 1959 Topps 20 Frank Gifford New York Giants halfback USC, Bakersfield College College Hall of Fame 1975, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1977

ex $15

nm $30

1959 Topps Charlie Ane 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.

ex $3

nm $10

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1959 Topps Jack Butler 1959 Topps 22 Jack Butler Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back St. Bonaventure Pro Football Hall of Fame 2012

ex $5

nm $13

PSA 8
1959 Topps Bart Starr 1959 Topps 23 Bart Starr Green Bay Packers quarterback Alabama Packers Hall of Fame 1977, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1977

ex $30

nm $60

1959 Topps Cardinals Pennant 1959 Topps 24 Cardinals Pennant Chicago Cardinals

ex $3

nm $11

exmt
1959 Topps Bill Barnes 1959 Topps 25 Bill Barnes Philadelphia Eagles halfback Wake Forest

ex $3

nm $10

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1959 Topps Walt Michaels 1959 Topps 26 Walt Michaels Cleveland Browns linebacker Washington and Lee

ex $3

nm $9

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1959 Topps Clyde Conner 1959 Topps 27 Clyde Conner San Francisco 49ers end Pacific The cartoon on the back of this card says that Conner excelled in basketball in college.

ex $3

nm $10

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1959 Topps Paige Cothren 1959 Topps 28 Paige Cothren Los Angeles Rams fullback Mississippi Cothren played for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1959.

ex $3

nm $10

exmt
1959 Topps Roosevelt Grier 1959 Topps 29 Roosevelt Grier New York Giants defensive tackle Penn State

ex $5

nm $12

1959 Topps Alan Ameche 1959 Topps 30 Alan Ameche Baltimore Colts fullback Wisconsin College Hall of Fame 1975, Heisman Trophy 1954

ex $5

nm $13

exmt
1959 Topps Philadelphia Eagles Team 1959 Topps 31 Philadelphia Eagles Team Philadelphia Eagles

ex $5

nm $11

1959 Topps Dick Nolan 1959 Topps 32 Dick Nolan Chicago Cardinals defensive back Maryland Nolan was the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers from 1968 to 1975, and of the New Orleans Saints from 1978 to 1980. Read about his time with the Saints on the New Orleans Saints History web site.

ex $3

nm $10

exmt
1959 Topps R.C. Owens 1959 Topps 33 R.C. Owens San Francisco 49ers halfback, end College of Idaho 49ers Hall of Fame 2011 Owens was known for his "alley oop" catches. See him demonstating one on the San Francisco Chronicle web site.

ex $3

nm $11

1959 Topps Dale Dodrill 1959 Topps 34 Dale Dodrill Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Colorado State

ex $3

nm $10

nm
1959 Topps Gene Gedman 1959 Topps 35 Gene Gedman Detroit Lions halfback Indiana

ex $3

nm $9

nm
1959 Topps Gene Lipscomb 1959 Topps 36 Gene Lipscomb Baltimore Colts defensive tackle Rookie card

ex $5

nm $12

exmt
1959 Topps Ray Renfro 1959 Topps 37 Ray Renfro Cleveland Browns halfback North Texas

ex $3

nm $9

nm
1959 Topps Browns Pennant 1959 Topps 38 Browns Pennant Cleveland Browns

ex $3

nm $11

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1959 Topps Bill Forester 1959 Topps 39 Bill Forester Green Bay Packers linebacker SMU Packers Hall of Fame 1974

ex $3

nm $10

nm
1959 Topps Bobby Layne 1959 Topps 40 Bobby Layne Detroit Lions quarterback Texas College Hall of Fame 1968, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1967

ex $15

nm $30

1959 Topps Pat Summerall 1959 Topps 41 Pat Summerall New York Giants end Arkansas

ex $5

nm $12

1959 Topps Jerry Mertens 1959 Topps 42 Jerry Mertens San Francisco 49ers defensive back Drake Rookie card

ex $3

nm $11

nm
1959 Topps Steve Myhra 1959 Topps 43 Steve Myhra Baltimore Colts guard, kicker North Dakota Rookie card

ex $3

nm $10

exmt
1959 Topps John Henry Johnson 1959 Topps 44 John Henry Johnson Detroit Lions fullback Arizona State, St. Mary's 49ers Hall of Fame 2009, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1987

ex $7

nm $16

PSA 8, nm
1959 Topps Woodley Lewis 1959 Topps 45 Woodley Lewis Chicago Cardinals end Los Angeles City, Oregon Error card

Lewis's first name is misspelled "Woody."

ex $3

nm $11

nm
1959 Topps Green Bay Packers Team 1959 Topps 46 Green Bay Packers Team Green Bay Packers

ex $7

nm $16

1959 Topps Don Owens 1959 Topps 47 Don Owens Philadelphia Eagles tackle Southern Mississippi Rookie card

ex $3

nm $9

1959 Topps Ed Beatty 1959 Topps 48 Ed Beatty Pittsburgh Steelers center Mississippi Rookie card

ex $3

nm $11

exmt
1959 Topps Don Chandler 1959 Topps 49 Don Chandler New York Giants kicker, halfback Florida Packers Hall of Fame 1975

ex $3

nm $10

1959 Topps Ollie Matson 1959 Topps 50 Ollie Matson Los Angeles Rams fullback, defensive back San Francisco Cardinals Ring of Honor 2006, College Hall of Fame 1976, Eagles Honor Roll 1987, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1972

ex $7

nm $14

PSA 8.5, PSA 8, vg-ex

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