1960 Topps Football Cards
The 1960 Topps set contains 132 cards of NFL players and teams. The Dallas Cowboys joined the NFL in 1960, so this was the first set to include cards of the Cowboys. The full set fit exactly twice on a full 264-card uncut sheet, with no short prints or double prints. To see what an uncut half-sheet looked like, see my 1960 Topps virtual uncut sheet page.
1960 was the first year since 1955 that Topps had competition in the football card market. The American Football League began play in 1960, and Fleer printed the first set of AFL football cards. The competition spurred a bit of innovation, apparently, because 1960 Topps and 1960 Fleer football card packs were the first to include inserts. 1960 Topps packs included metallic stickers representing the thirteen NFL teams and twenty colleges.
The 1960 Topps set contains a large number of errors. Most notable is Jim Taylor's card, which pictures the wrong Jim Taylor. (To see that card and other cards that picture the wrong player, see the Gallery's Mistaken Identities page.) Also, at least five cards in the set have reversed images. I have identified the error cards in the "Notes" column below.
You can see pictures of a 1960 Topps 5-cent display box on the Legendary Auctions web site.
Rookie cards of Pro Football Hall of Famers in the 1960 Topps set: Forrest Gregg.
|Image||Set||#||Card Title/Players||Pro Team||Position||College||Honors||Notes||Grades available at Nearmint Sports Cards|
|1960 Topps||1||John Unitas||Baltimore Colts||quarterback||Louisville||Pro Football Hall of Fame 1979|
|1960 Topps||2||Alan Ameche||Baltimore Colts||fullback||Wisconsin||Heisman Trophy 1954, College Hall of Fame 1975|
|1960 Topps||3||Lenny Moore||Baltimore Colts||halfback||Penn State||Pro Football Hall of Fame 1975|
|1960 Topps||4||Raymond Berry||Baltimore Colts||end||SMU||Pro Football Hall of Fame 1973|
|1960 Topps||5||Jim Parker||Baltimore Colts||guard, tackle||Ohio State||Outland Trophy 1956, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1973, College Hall of Fame 1974||Parker placed eighth in voting for the 1956 Heisman Trophy. See my page of football cards of Heisman candidates.|
|1960 Topps||6||George Preas||Baltimore Colts||tackle||VPI||Rookie card
Preas played 11 seasons in the NFL, all for the Colts.
|1960 Topps||7||Art Spinney||Baltimore Colts||guard||Boston College||vg-ex|
|1960 Topps||8||Bill Pellington||Baltimore Colts||linebacker||Rutgers||Rookie card
Pellington played 12 seasons in the NFL, all for the Colts.
|1960 Topps||9||John Sample||Baltimore Colts||defensive back||Maryland Eastern Shore||Rookie card|
|1960 Topps||10||Gene Lipscomb||Baltimore Colts||defensive tackle||Steelers Legends Team|
|1960 Topps||11||Baltimore Colts Team||Baltimore Colts|
|1960 Topps||12||Ed Brown||Chicago Bears||quarterback||San Francisco||ex|
|1960 Topps||13||Rick Casares||Chicago Bears||fullback||Florida|
|1960 Topps||14||Willie Galimore||Chicago Bears||halfback||Florida A and M||College Hall of Fame 1999|
|1960 Topps||15||Jim Dooley||Chicago Bears||end||Miami Florida||nm|
|1960 Topps||16||Harlon Hill||Chicago Bears||end||North Alabama||exmt|
|1960 Topps||17||Stan Jones||Chicago Bears||guard||Maryland||Pro Football Hall of Fame 1991, College Hall of Fame 2000||exmt|
|1960 Topps||18||Bill George||Chicago Bears||linebacker, guard||Wake Forest||Pro Football Hall of Fame 1974||nm|
|1960 Topps||19||Erich Barnes||Chicago Bears||defensive back||Purdue||Rookie card||nm|
|1960 Topps||20||Doug Atkins||Chicago Bears||defensive end||Tennessee||Pro Football Hall of Fame 1982, College Hall of Fame 1985, Saints Hall of Fame 1995||Error card
The image of Atkins is reversed on this card. See the Gallery's page of football cards with reversed images.
|1960 Topps||21||Chicago Bears Team||Chicago Bears||nm|
|1960 Topps||22||Milt Plum||Cleveland Browns||quarterback||Penn State|
|1960 Topps||23||Jim Brown||Cleveland Browns||fullback||Syracuse||Pro Football Hall of Fame 1971, College Hall of Fame 1995, Browns Ring of Honor 2010|
|1960 Topps||24||Sam Baker||Cleveland Browns||fullback, kicker||Oregon State|
|1960 Topps||25||Bobby Mitchell||Cleveland Browns||halfback||Illinois||Redskins Ring of Fame, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1983, Browns Ring of Honor 2010||Mitchell was the 1958 NFL Rookie of the Year.||PSA 6.5|