1961 Topps Football Cards

1961 Topps football card wrapperThere are 198 cards in the 1961 Topps football card set. The first series, cards 1-132, contains only NFL players; the second series, cards 133-198, contains only AFL players. The price guides value second series commons higher than first series commons, but in reality it is easier to find second series cards in high grades. Packs of both first series and second series cards included "flocked sticker" inserts. You can see pictures of a 1961 Topps 5-cent display box on the Legendary Auctions web site.

I have not seen an uncut sheet of 1961 Topps football cards, but the 132-card first series would have fit an even two times on a full 264-card sheet, and the 66-card second series would have fit an even four times. Hence there are no short prints or double prints in either series.

One oddity in the 1961 Topps set is that most of the Houston Oilers are pictured in pink uniforms. The Oilers actually wore light blue. The set also has one "first": it is the first football card set to include "in action" or "highlight" cards.

Rookie cards of Pro Football Hall of Famers in the 1961 Topps set: Henry Jordan, Don Maynard, Jim Otto.

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
1961 Topps John Unitas 1961 Topps 1 John Unitas Baltimore Colts quarterback Louisville Pro Football Hall of Fame 1979

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1961 Topps Lenny Moore 1961 Topps 2 Lenny Moore Baltimore Colts halfback Penn State Pro Football Hall of Fame 1975

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1961 Topps Alan Ameche 1961 Topps 3 Alan Ameche Baltimore Colts fullback Wisconsin College Hall of Fame 1975, Heisman Trophy 1954

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1961 Topps Raymond Berry 1961 Topps 4 Raymond Berry Baltimore Colts end SMU Pro Football Hall of Fame 1973

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1961 Topps Jim Mutscheller 1961 Topps 5 Jim Mutscheller Baltimore Colts end Notre Dame

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1961 Topps Jim Parker 1961 Topps 6 Jim Parker Baltimore Colts guard, tackle Ohio State College Hall of Fame 1974, Outland Trophy 1956, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1973

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1961 Topps Gino Marchetti 1961 Topps 7 Gino Marchetti Baltimore Colts defensive end San Francisco Pro Football Hall of Fame 1972

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1961 Topps Gene Lipscomb 1961 Topps 8 Gene Lipscomb Baltimore Colts defensive tackle

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1961 Topps Baltimore Colts Team 1961 Topps 9 Baltimore Colts Team Baltimore Colts

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1961 Topps Bill Wade 1961 Topps 10 Bill Wade Chicago Bears quarterback Vanderbilt

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1961 Topps Johnny Morris 1961 Topps 11 Johnny Morris Chicago Bears halfback UC Santa Barbara Rookie card

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1961 Topps Rick Casares 1961 Topps 12 Rick Casares Chicago Bears fullback Florida

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1961 Topps Harlon Hill 1961 Topps 13 Harlon Hill Chicago Bears end North Alabama Since 1986, the Harlon Hill Trophy has been awarded to the Division II College Football Player of the Year.

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1961 Topps Stan Jones 1961 Topps 14 Stan Jones Chicago Bears guard Maryland College Hall of Fame 2000, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1991

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1961 Topps Doug Atkins 1961 Topps 15 Doug Atkins Chicago Bears defensive end Tennessee College Hall of Fame 1985, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1982, Saints Hall of Fame 1995

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1961 Topps Bill George 1961 Topps 16 Bill George Chicago Bears linebacker, guard Wake Forest Pro Football Hall of Fame 1974

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1961 Topps J.C. Caroline 1961 Topps 17 J.C. Caroline Chicago Bears defensive back Illinois College Hall of Fame 1980

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1961 Topps Chicago Bears Team 1961 Topps 18 Chicago Bears Team Chicago Bears The Bears played the CFL's Montreal Alouettes in an exhibition game in 1961.

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1961 Topps Big Time Football Comes to Texas 1961 Topps 19 Big Time Football Comes to Texas

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L.G. Dupre Dallas Cowboys halfback Baylor
Walt Kowalczyk Dallas Cowboys fullback, defensive back Michigan State
Eddie LeBaron Dallas Cowboys quarterback Pacific College Hall of Fame 1980, Redskins Ring of Fame 2000
Tom Scott New York Giants defensive end Virginia College Hall of Fame 1979
1961 Topps Eddie LeBaron 1961 Topps 20 Eddie LeBaron Dallas Cowboys quarterback Pacific College Hall of Fame 1980, Redskins Ring of Fame 2000

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1961 Topps Don McIlhenny 1961 Topps 21 Don McIlhenny Dallas Cowboys halfback SMU

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1961 Topps L.G. Dupre 1961 Topps 22 L.G. Dupre Dallas Cowboys halfback Baylor

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1961 Topps Jim Doran 1961 Topps 23 Jim Doran Dallas Cowboys end, defensive end Iowa State, Buena Vista Doran was the first Dallas Cowboy to be chosen for the Pro Bowl. He was the Cowboys' only Pro Bowl selection in 1960, the team's first season.

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1961 Topps Bill Howton 1961 Topps 24 Bill Howton Dallas Cowboys end Rice Packers Hall of Fame 1974

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1961 Topps Buzz Guy 1961 Topps 25 Buzz Guy Dallas Cowboys guard Duke Rookie card

Guy's full name was Melwood Norman Guy.

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1961 Topps Jack Patera 1961 Topps 26 Jack Patera Dallas Cowboys linebacker Oregon Rookie card

Patera's brother, Dennis Patera, was a kicker for the San Francisco 49ers in 1968.

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1961 Topps Tom Franckhauser 1961 Topps 27 Tom Franckhauser Dallas Cowboys defensive back Purdue Rookie card, error card

Last name misspelled "Frankhauser."

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1961 Topps Dallas Cowboys Team 1961 Topps 28 Dallas Cowboys Team Dallas Cowboys

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1961 Topps Jim Ninowski 1961 Topps 29 Jim Ninowski Detroit Lions quarterback Michigan State

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1961 Topps Dan Lewis 1961 Topps 30 Dan Lewis Detroit Lions halfback Wisconsin Rookie card

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1961 Topps Nick Pietrosante 1961 Topps 31 Nick Pietrosante Detroit Lions fullback Notre Dame Rookie card

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1961 Topps Gail Cogdill 1961 Topps 32 Gail Cogdill Detroit Lions end Washington State Rookie card

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1961 Topps Jim Gibbons 1961 Topps 33 Jim Gibbons Detroit Lions end Iowa

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1961 Topps Jim Martin 1961 Topps 34 Jim Martin Detroit Lions linebacker, kicker Notre Dame College Hall of Fame 1995

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1961 Topps Alex Karras 1961 Topps 35 Alex Karras Detroit Lions defensive tackle Iowa College Hall of Fame 1991, Outland Trophy 1957 Karras finished second to John David Crow in voting for the 1957 Heisman Trophy. See my page of football cards of Heisman Trophy candidates.

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1961 Topps Joe Schmidt 1961 Topps 36 Joe Schmidt Detroit Lions linebacker Pittsburgh College Hall of Fame 2000, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1973

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1961 Topps Detroit Lions Team 1961 Topps 37 Detroit Lions Team Detroit Lions

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1961 Topps Paul Hornung Sets NFL Scoring Record 1961 Topps 38 Paul Hornung Sets NFL Scoring Record

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Paul Hornung Green Bay Packers halfback Notre Dame College Hall of Fame 1985, Heisman Trophy 1956, Packers Hall of Fame 1975, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1986
1961 Topps Bart Starr 1961 Topps 39 Bart Starr Green Bay Packers quarterback Alabama Packers Hall of Fame 1977, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1977

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1961 Topps Paul Hornung 1961 Topps 40 Paul Hornung Green Bay Packers halfback Notre Dame College Hall of Fame 1985, Heisman Trophy 1956, Packers Hall of Fame 1975, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1986

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1961 Topps Jim Taylor 1961 Topps 41 Jim Taylor Green Bay Packers fullback LSU Packers Hall of Fame 1975, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1976

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1961 Topps Max McGee 1961 Topps 42 Max McGee Green Bay Packers end Tulane Packers Hall of Fame 1975 McGee scored the first touchdown in Super Bowl history. He also scored another touchdown in Super Bowl I.

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1961 Topps Boyd Dowler 1961 Topps 43 Boyd Dowler Green Bay Packers end, punter Colorado Packers Hall of Fame 1978 Rookie card

Dowler was inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame in 1972.

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1961 Topps Jim Ringo 1961 Topps 44 Jim Ringo Green Bay Packers center Syracuse Eagles Honor Roll 1987, Packers Hall of Fame 1974, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1981

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1961 Topps Henry Jordan 1961 Topps 45 Henry Jordan Green Bay Packers tackle Virginia Packers Hall of Fame 1975, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1995 Rookie card

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1961 Topps Bill Forester 1961 Topps 46 Bill Forester Green Bay Packers linebacker SMU Packers Hall of Fame 1974

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1961 Topps Green Bay Packers Team 1961 Topps 47 Green Bay Packers Team Green Bay Packers Though printed in 1961, this card pictures the 1958 Packers team.

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1961 Topps Frank Ryan 1961 Topps 48 Frank Ryan Los Angeles Rams quarterback Rice

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1961 Topps Jon Arnett 1961 Topps 49 Jon Arnett Los Angeles Rams halfback USC College Hall of Fame 2001

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1961 Topps Ollie Matson 1961 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

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