1962 Topps Football Cards

1962 Topps football card wrapperBecause the cards' black borders readily show wear, the 1962 Topps football card set is a challenge to complete in high grade. There are 176 cards in the set, and they were released in a single series. The cards were printed on a 264-card sheet, so half of the cards--88 of them--were repeated on the sheet. The remaining 88 cards were thus short-printed. I believe the price guides have misidentified the short prints, however. See my 1962 Topps virtual uncut sheet for an explanation.

Many of the black-and-white inset photos on the 1962 Topps cards picture a player other than the one whose name is on the card. Topps altered the jersey number on some of the images to match the number of the player, but later gave away the deception by reusing the original images on 1969 Topps Mini-Card albums. For details, see my blog article, Recycled Images on 1969 Topps Mini-Card Albums.

As indicated on the wrapper, 1962 Topps Bucks were inserts in packs of 1962 Topps cards. One variation of the display box for the cards also included an advertisement for the Bucks. You can see examples of 1962 Topps display boxes on the Legendary Auctions web site.

Rookie cards of Pro Football Hall of Famers in the 1962 Topps set: Mike Ditka, Fran Tarkenton. Rookie cards of Heisman Trophy winners in the 1962 Topps set: Ernie Davis.

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
1962 Topps John Unitas 1962 Topps 1 John Unitas Baltimore Colts quarterback Louisville Pro Football Hall of Fame 1979 Short print

ex $40

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PSA 7
1962 Topps Lenny Moore 1962 Topps 2 Lenny Moore Baltimore Colts halfback Penn State Pro Football Hall of Fame 1975

ex $7

nm $35

1962 Topps Alex Hawkins 1962 Topps 3 Alex Hawkins Baltimore Colts halfback South Carolina Rookie card, short print

ex $6

nm $70

1962 Topps Joe Perry 1962 Topps 4 Joe Perry Baltimore Colts fullback Compton Community College 49ers Hall of Fame 2009, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1969 Short print

ex $7

nm $110

1962 Topps Raymond Berry 1962 Topps 5 Raymond Berry Baltimore Colts end SMU Pro Football Hall of Fame 1973

ex $7

nm $30

PSA 7
1962 Topps Steve Myhra 1962 Topps 6 Steve Myhra Baltimore Colts guard, kicker North Dakota

ex $4

nm $25

1962 Topps Tom Gilburg 1962 Topps 7 Tom Gilburg Baltimore Colts guard, punter Syracuse Short print

ex $5

nm $30

1962 Topps Gino Marchetti 1962 Topps 8 Gino Marchetti Baltimore Colts defensive end San Francisco Pro Football Hall of Fame 1972

ex $7

nm $30

1962 Topps Bill Pellington 1962 Topps 9 Bill Pellington Baltimore Colts linebacker Rutgers Short print

ex $5

nm $35

1962 Topps Andy Nelson 1962 Topps 10 Andy Nelson Baltimore Colts defensive back Memphis

ex $5

nm $30

1962 Topps Wendell Harris 1962 Topps 11 Wendell Harris Baltimore Colts running back LSU Short print

ex $6

nm $40

1962 Topps Baltimore Colts Team 1962 Topps 12 Baltimore Colts Team Baltimore Colts Short print

ex $7

nm $25

PSA 7
1962 Topps Bill Wade 1962 Topps 13 Bill Wade Chicago Bears quarterback Vanderbilt Short print

ex $4

nm $30

1962 Topps Willie Galimore 1962 Topps 14 Willie Galimore Chicago Bears halfback Florida A and M College Hall of Fame 1999

ex $5

nm $35

1962 Topps Johnny Morris 1962 Topps 15 Johnny Morris Chicago Bears halfback UC Santa Barbara

ex $4

nm $25

PSA 7
1962 Topps Rick Casares 1962 Topps 16 Rick Casares Chicago Bears fullback Florida

ex $4

nm $25

exmt
1962 Topps Mike Ditka 1962 Topps 17 Mike Ditka Chicago Bears tight end Pittsburgh Pro Football Hall of Fame 1988 Rookie card, short print

ex $140

nm $300

1962 Topps Stan Jones 1962 Topps 18 Stan Jones Chicago Bears guard Maryland College Hall of Fame 2000, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1991

ex $7

nm $30

1962 Topps Roger LeClerc 1962 Topps 19 Roger LeClerc Chicago Bears linebacker, kicker Trinity Rookie card, short print

ex $5

nm $30

exmt
1962 Topps Angelo Coia 1962 Topps 20 Angelo Coia Chicago Bears end Citadel, USC Rookie card

Coia played from 1960 to 1966 for the Chicago Bears, Washington Redskins, and Atlanta Falcons.

ex $5

nm $35

1962 Topps Doug Atkins 1962 Topps 21 Doug Atkins Chicago Bears defensive end Tennessee College Hall of Fame 1985, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1982, Saints Hall of Fame 1995

ex $7

nm $35

1962 Topps Bill George 1962 Topps 22 Bill George Chicago Bears linebacker, guard Wake Forest Pro Football Hall of Fame 1974 Short print

ex $7

nm $70

1962 Topps Richie Petitbon 1962 Topps 23 Richie Petitbon Chicago Bears defensive back Tulane Rookie card

ex $6

nm $50

1962 Topps Ron Bull 1962 Topps 24 Ron Bull Chicago Bears running back Baylor Rookie card, short print

Bull was the UPI NFL Rookie of the Year in 1962.

ex $6

nm $50

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1962 Topps Chicago Bears Team 1962 Topps 25 Chicago Bears Team Chicago Bears

ex $7

nm $20

1962 Topps Howard Cassady 1962 Topps 26 Howard Cassady Cleveland Browns halfback Ohio State College Hall of Fame 1979, Heisman Trophy 1955 Cassady's son, Craig, played for the New Orleans Saints in 1977.

ex $7

nm $35

1962 Topps Ray Renfro 1962 Topps 27 Ray Renfro Cleveland Browns halfback North Texas

ex $4

nm $30

1962 Topps Jim Brown 1962 Topps 28 Jim Brown Cleveland Browns fullback Syracuse Browns Ring of Honor 2010, College Hall of Fame 1995, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1971 Short print

The inset photo on this card also appeared on a "1960 Football Highlights" card in the 1961 Topps set.

ex $50

nm $250

SGC 84
1962 Topps Rich Kreitling 1962 Topps 29 Rich Kreitling Cleveland Browns end Illinois Rookie card

ex $4

nm $30

1962 Topps Jim Ray Smith 1962 Topps 30 Jim Ray Smith Cleveland Browns guard Baylor College Hall of Fame 1987

ex $4

nm $20

exmt
1962 Topps John Morrow 1962 Topps 31 John Morrow Cleveland Browns center Michigan Short print

ex $4

nm $25

1962 Topps Lou Groza 1962 Topps 32 Lou Groza Cleveland Browns tackle, kicker Ohio State Browns Ring of Honor 2010, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1974

ex $7

nm $25

1962 Topps Bob Gain 1962 Topps 33 Bob Gain Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Kentucky College Hall of Fame 1980, Outland Trophy 1950

ex $6

nm $35

1962 Topps Bernie Parrish 1962 Topps 34 Bernie Parrish Cleveland Browns defensive back Florida

ex $5

nm $40

1962 Topps Jim Shofner 1962 Topps 35 Jim Shofner Cleveland Browns defensive back TCU Short print

ex $5

nm $35

1962 Topps Ernie Davis 1962 Topps 36 Ernie Davis Cleveland Browns halfback Syracuse College Hall of Fame 1979, Heisman Trophy 1961 Rookie card, short print

Though Davis died of leukemia before he could play for the Browns, the team retired his number, 45. See the Gallery's retired numbers page for the retired numbers of all of the NFL teams.

ex $100

nm $250

1962 Topps Cleveland Browns Team 1962 Topps 37 Cleveland Browns Team Cleveland Browns Short print

The Cleveland Browns team cards in the 1959-1963 Topps sets all picture the 1958 Browns team.

ex $7

nm $25

1962 Topps Eddie LeBaron 1962 Topps 38 Eddie LeBaron Dallas Cowboys quarterback Pacific College Hall of Fame 1980, Redskins Ring of Fame 2000

ex $7

nm $20

1962 Topps Don Meredith 1962 Topps 39 Don Meredith Dallas Cowboys quarterback SMU College Hall of Fame 1982, Cowboys Ring of Honor 1976 Short print

ex $15

nm $80

1962 Topps J.W. Lockett 1962 Topps 40 J.W. Lockett Dallas Cowboys fullback Central State Short print

ex $4

nm $20

1962 Topps Don Perkins 1962 Topps 41 Don Perkins Dallas Cowboys halfback New Mexico Cowboys Ring of Honor 1976 Rookie card

Topps reused the image in the inset photo of this card on the cover of the Minnesota Vikings 1969 Topps Mini-Card Album.

ex $8

nm $50

1962 Topps Bill Howton 1962 Topps 42 Bill Howton Dallas Cowboys end Rice Packers Hall of Fame 1974 Short print

ex $5

nm $45

1962 Topps Dick Bielski 1962 Topps 43 Dick Bielski Dallas Cowboys end, fullback Maryland

ex $4

nm $20

1962 Topps Mike Connelly 1962 Topps 44 Mike Connelly Dallas Cowboys center Utah State, Michigan State Rookie card

ex $4

nm $25

1962 Topps Jerry Tubbs 1962 Topps 45 Jerry Tubbs Dallas Cowboys linebacker Oklahoma College Hall of Fame 1996

ex $5

nm $35

1962 Topps Don Bishop 1962 Topps 46 Don Bishop Dallas Cowboys defensive back Los Angeles City Rookie card, short print

ex $5

nm $30

1962 Topps Dick Moegle 1962 Topps 47 Dick Moegle Dallas Cowboys defensive back Rice Short print

After football, Moegle changed his surname to "Maegle," so that its spelling more closely matched its pronunciation.

ex $5

nm $30

PSA 7
1962 Topps Bobby Plummer 1962 Topps 48 Bobby Plummer Dallas Cowboys tackle TCU Short print

ex $5

nm $40

1962 Topps Dallas Cowboys Team 1962 Topps 49 Dallas Cowboys Team Dallas Cowboys

ex $7

nm $30

1962 Topps Milt Plum 1962 Topps 50 Milt Plum Detroit Lions quarterback Penn State Short print

ex $6

nm $45

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