1962 Topps Football Cards
Because 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.
|Image||Set||#||Card Title/Players||Pro Team||Position||College||Honors||Notes||Grades available at Nearmint Sports Cards|
|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||2||Lenny Moore||Baltimore Colts||halfback||Penn State||Pro Football Hall of Fame 1975|
|1962 Topps||3||Alex Hawkins||Baltimore Colts||halfback||South Carolina||Rookie card, short print|
|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||5||Raymond Berry||Baltimore Colts||end||SMU||Pro Football Hall of Fame 1973|
|1962 Topps||6||Steve Myhra||Baltimore Colts||guard, kicker||North Dakota|
|1962 Topps||7||Tom Gilburg||Baltimore Colts||guard, punter||Syracuse||Short print|
|1962 Topps||8||Gino Marchetti||Baltimore Colts||defensive end||San Francisco||Pro Football Hall of Fame 1972|
|1962 Topps||9||Bill Pellington||Baltimore Colts||linebacker||Rutgers||Short print||PSA 6|
|1962 Topps||10||Andy Nelson||Baltimore Colts||defensive back||Memphis||exmt|
|1962 Topps||11||Wendell Harris||Baltimore Colts||running back||LSU||Short print|
|1962 Topps||12||Baltimore Colts Team||Baltimore Colts||Short print||PSA 7|
|1962 Topps||13||Bill Wade||Chicago Bears||quarterback||Vanderbilt||Short print|
|1962 Topps||14||Willie Galimore||Chicago Bears||halfback||Florida A and M||College Hall of Fame 1999||PSA 6|
|1962 Topps||15||Johnny Morris||Chicago Bears||halfback||UC Santa Barbara|
|1962 Topps||16||Rick Casares||Chicago Bears||fullback||Florida||exmt|
|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||18||Stan Jones||Chicago Bears||guard||Maryland||Pro Football Hall of Fame 1991, College Hall of Fame 2000|
|1962 Topps||19||Roger LeClerc||Chicago Bears||linebacker, kicker||Trinity||Rookie card, short print||exmt|
|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||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||22||Bill George||Chicago Bears||linebacker, guard||Wake Forest||Pro Football Hall of Fame 1974||Short print|
|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||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||25||Chicago Bears Team||Chicago Bears|
|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||27||Ray Renfro||Cleveland Browns||halfback||North Texas|
|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||29||Rich Kreitling||Cleveland Browns||end||Illinois||Rookie card||exmt|
|1962 Topps||30||Jim Ray Smith||Cleveland Browns||guard||Baylor||College Hall of Fame 1987||exmt|
|1962 Topps||31||John Morrow||Cleveland Browns||center||Michigan||Short print|
|1962 Topps||32||Lou Groza||Cleveland Browns||tackle, kicker||Ohio State||Pro Football Hall of Fame 1974, Browns Ring of Honor 2010|
|1962 Topps||33||Bob Gain||Cleveland Browns||defensive tackle||Kentucky||Outland Trophy 1950, College Hall of Fame 1980|
|1962 Topps||34||Bernie Parrish||Cleveland Browns||defensive back||Florida|
|1962 Topps||35||Jim Shofner||Cleveland Browns||defensive back||TCU||Short print|
|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||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||38||Eddie LeBaron||Dallas Cowboys||quarterback||Pacific||Redskins Ring of Fame, College Hall of Fame 1980|
|1962 Topps||39||Don Meredith||Dallas Cowboys||quarterback||SMU||Cowboys Ring of Honor 1976, College Hall of Fame 1982||Short print|
|1962 Topps||40||J.W. Lockett||Dallas Cowboys||fullback||Central State||Short print|
|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||42||Bill Howton||Dallas Cowboys||end||Rice||Packers Hall of Fame 1974||Short print|
|1962 Topps||43||Dick Bielski||Dallas Cowboys||end, fullback||Maryland||PSA 7|
|1962 Topps||44||Mike Connelly||Dallas Cowboys||center||Utah State, Michigan State||Rookie card|
|1962 Topps||45||Jerry Tubbs||Dallas Cowboys||linebacker||Oklahoma||College Hall of Fame 1996|
|1962 Topps||46||Don Bishop||Dallas Cowboys||defensive back||Los Angeles City||Rookie card, short print|
|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||48||Bobby Plummer||Dallas Cowboys||tackle||TCU||Short print|
|1962 Topps||49||Dallas Cowboys Team||Dallas Cowboys|
|1962 Topps||50||Milt Plum||Detroit Lions||quarterback||Penn State||Short print||nm|