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

Image Set # Card Title/Players Pro Team Position College Honors Notes Grades available at Nearmint Sports Cards
1962 Topps John Unitas 1962 Topps 1 John Unitas Baltimore Colts quarterback Louisville Pro Football Hall of Fame 1979 Short print PSA 7, PSA 5.5, PSA 5
1962 Topps Lenny Moore 1962 Topps 2 Lenny Moore Baltimore Colts halfback Penn State Pro Football Hall of Fame 1975
1962 Topps Alex Hawkins 1962 Topps 3 Alex Hawkins Baltimore Colts halfback South Carolina Rookie card, short print
1962 Topps Joe Perry 1962 Topps 4 Joe Perry Baltimore Colts fullback Compton Community College Pro Football Hall of Fame 1969, 49ers Hall of Fame 2009 Short print
1962 Topps Raymond Berry 1962 Topps 5 Raymond Berry Baltimore Colts end SMU Pro Football Hall of Fame 1973
1962 Topps Steve Myhra 1962 Topps 6 Steve Myhra Baltimore Colts guard, kicker North Dakota
1962 Topps Tom Gilburg 1962 Topps 7 Tom Gilburg Baltimore Colts guard, punter Syracuse Short print
1962 Topps Gino Marchetti 1962 Topps 8 Gino Marchetti Baltimore Colts defensive end San Francisco Pro Football Hall of Fame 1972
1962 Topps Bill Pellington 1962 Topps 9 Bill Pellington Baltimore Colts linebacker Rutgers Short print PSA 6
1962 Topps Andy Nelson 1962 Topps 10 Andy Nelson Baltimore Colts defensive back Memphis exmt
1962 Topps Wendell Harris 1962 Topps 11 Wendell Harris Baltimore Colts running back LSU Short print
1962 Topps Baltimore Colts Team 1962 Topps 12 Baltimore Colts Team Baltimore Colts Short print PSA 7
1962 Topps Bill Wade 1962 Topps 13 Bill Wade Chicago Bears quarterback Vanderbilt Short print
1962 Topps Willie Galimore 1962 Topps 14 Willie Galimore Chicago Bears halfback Florida A and M College Hall of Fame 1999 PSA 6
1962 Topps Johnny Morris 1962 Topps 15 Johnny Morris Chicago Bears halfback UC Santa Barbara
1962 Topps Rick Casares 1962 Topps 16 Rick Casares Chicago Bears fullback Florida 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 PSA 5, PSA 3.5
1962 Topps Stan Jones 1962 Topps 18 Stan Jones Chicago Bears guard Maryland Pro Football Hall of Fame 1991, College Hall of Fame 2000
1962 Topps Roger LeClerc 1962 Topps 19 Roger LeClerc Chicago Bears linebacker, kicker Trinity Rookie card, short print 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.
1962 Topps Doug Atkins 1962 Topps 21 Doug Atkins Chicago Bears defensive end Tennessee Pro Football Hall of Fame 1982, College Hall of Fame 1985, Saints Hall of Fame 1995
1962 Topps Bill George 1962 Topps 22 Bill George Chicago Bears linebacker, guard Wake Forest Pro Football Hall of Fame 1974 Short print
1962 Topps Richie Petitbon 1962 Topps 23 Richie Petitbon Chicago Bears defensive back Tulane Rookie card

Petitbon had a 101-yard interception return in 1962, longest in the NFL.
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.
1962 Topps Chicago Bears Team 1962 Topps 25 Chicago Bears Team Chicago Bears
1962 Topps Howard Cassady 1962 Topps 26 Howard Cassady Cleveland Browns halfback Ohio State Heisman Trophy 1955, College Hall of Fame 1979 Cassady's son, Craig, played for the New Orleans Saints in 1977. PSA 7
1962 Topps Ray Renfro 1962 Topps 27 Ray Renfro Cleveland Browns halfback North Texas
1962 Topps Jim Brown 1962 Topps 28 Jim Brown Cleveland Browns fullback Syracuse Pro Football Hall of Fame 1971, College Hall of Fame 1995, Browns Ring of Honor 2010 Short print

The inset photo on this card also appeared on a "1960 Football Highlights" card in the 1961 Topps set.
BVG 7.5, PSA 5
1962 Topps Rich Kreitling 1962 Topps 29 Rich Kreitling Cleveland Browns end Illinois Rookie card exmt
1962 Topps Jim Ray Smith 1962 Topps 30 Jim Ray Smith Cleveland Browns guard Baylor College Hall of Fame 1987 exmt
1962 Topps John Morrow 1962 Topps 31 John Morrow Cleveland Browns center Michigan Short print
1962 Topps Lou Groza 1962 Topps 32 Lou Groza Cleveland Browns tackle, kicker Ohio State Pro Football Hall of Fame 1974, Browns Ring of Honor 2010
1962 Topps Bob Gain 1962 Topps 33 Bob Gain Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Kentucky Outland Trophy 1950, College Hall of Fame 1980
1962 Topps Bernie Parrish 1962 Topps 34 Bernie Parrish Cleveland Browns defensive back Florida
1962 Topps Jim Shofner 1962 Topps 35 Jim Shofner Cleveland Browns defensive back TCU Short print
1962 Topps Ernie Davis 1962 Topps 36 Ernie Davis Cleveland Browns halfback Syracuse Heisman Trophy 1961, College Hall of Fame 1979 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.
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.
1962 Topps Eddie LeBaron 1962 Topps 38 Eddie LeBaron Dallas Cowboys quarterback Pacific Redskins Ring of Fame, College Hall of Fame 1980
1962 Topps Don Meredith 1962 Topps 39 Don Meredith Dallas Cowboys quarterback SMU Cowboys Ring of Honor 1976, College Hall of Fame 1982 Short print
1962 Topps J.W. Lockett 1962 Topps 40 J.W. Lockett Dallas Cowboys fullback Central State Short print
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.
1962 Topps Bill Howton 1962 Topps 42 Bill Howton Dallas Cowboys end Rice Packers Hall of Fame 1974 Short print
1962 Topps Dick Bielski 1962 Topps 43 Dick Bielski Dallas Cowboys end, fullback Maryland PSA 7
1962 Topps Mike Connelly 1962 Topps 44 Mike Connelly Dallas Cowboys center Utah State, Michigan State Rookie card
1962 Topps Jerry Tubbs 1962 Topps 45 Jerry Tubbs Dallas Cowboys linebacker Oklahoma College Hall of Fame 1996
1962 Topps Don Bishop 1962 Topps 46 Don Bishop Dallas Cowboys defensive back Los Angeles City Rookie card, short print
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.
1962 Topps Bobby Plummer 1962 Topps 48 Bobby Plummer Dallas Cowboys tackle TCU Short print
1962 Topps Dallas Cowboys Team 1962 Topps 49 Dallas Cowboys Team Dallas Cowboys
1962 Topps Milt Plum 1962 Topps 50 Milt Plum Detroit Lions quarterback Penn State Short print nm