1964 Topps Football Cards

1964 Topps football card wrapperThe 1964 Topps football card set is the first of four AFL-only sets that Topps produced in the mid-1960s. There were only eight AFL teams in 1964, so the set contains a large number of players per team. Because of this, a lot of players made their first appearance on a card in this set.

The set's 176 cards were printed on a 264-card full sheet, so 88 cards were repeated on the sheet. The repeated 88 cards were thus double prints, or the other 88 cards were short prints, depending on whether your glass is half-full or half-empty. The price guides chose half-empty and identified the short prints.

The set contains one notable error card: Ray Abruzzese's card actually pictures Ed Rutkowski. You can see more cards that picture the wrong player on my Mistaken Identities page.

Rookie cards of Pro Football Hall of Famers in the 1964 Topps set: Bobby Bell, Buck Buchanan.

Image Set # Card Title/Players Pro Team Position College Honors Notes Grades available at Nearmint Sports Cards
1964 Topps Tommy Addison 1964 Topps 1 Tommy Addison Boston Patriots linebacker South Carolina Short print

Addison was elected president of the AFL Players Association in 1964.
1964 Topps Houston Antwine 1964 Topps 2 Houston Antwine Boston Patriots defensive tackle, defensive end Southern Illinois Rookie card

Antwine played from 1961 to 1971 for the Boston Patriots, and in 1972 for the Philadelphia Eagles.
1964 Topps Nick Buoniconti 1964 Topps 3 Nick Buoniconti Boston Patriots linebacker Notre Dame Dolphins Honor Roll 1991, Patriots Hall of Fame 1992, Pro Football Hall of Fame 2001
1964 Topps Ron Burton 1964 Topps 4 Ron Burton Boston Patriots halfback Northwestern College Hall of Fame 1990 Short print
1964 Topps Gino Cappelletti 1964 Topps 5 Gino Cappelletti Boston Patriots end Minnesota Patriots Hall of Fame 1992 Error card

Name misspelled Cappalletti.
1964 Topps Jim Colclough 1964 Topps 6 Jim Colclough Boston Patriots end Boston College Short print
1964 Topps Bob Dee 1964 Topps 7 Bob Dee Boston Patriots defensive end Holy Cross Patriots Hall of Fame 1993 Short print
1964 Topps Larry Eisenhauer 1964 Topps 8 Larry Eisenhauer Boston Patriots defensive end Boston College nm
1964 Topps Dick Felt 1964 Topps 9 Dick Felt Boston Patriots defensive back Brigham Young Short print

Felt was inducted into the BYU Athletic Hall of Fame as a player in 1977. After retiring from the pros, he coached BYU's defensive backs for 26 seasons.
1964 Topps Larry Garron 1964 Topps 10 Larry Garron Boston Patriots fullback Western Illinois nm
1964 Topps Art Graham 1964 Topps 11 Art Graham Boston Patriots end Boston College Rookie card nm
1964 Topps Ron Hall 1964 Topps 12 Ron Hall Boston Patriots defensive back Missouri Valley Rookie card PSA 9, nm
1964 Topps Charles Long 1964 Topps 13 Charles Long Boston Patriots tackle Tennessee-Chatanooga
1964 Topps Don McKinnon 1964 Topps 14 Don McKinnon Boston Patriots linebacker Dartmouth Rookie card nm
1964 Topps Don Oakes 1964 Topps 15 Don Oakes Boston Patriots tackle Virginia Tech Rookie card, short print
1964 Topps Ross O 1964 Topps 16 Ross O'Hanley Boston Patriots defensive back Boston College Short print
1964 Topps Babe Parilli 1964 Topps 17 Babe Parilli Boston Patriots quarterback Kentucky College Hall of Fame 1982, Patriots Hall of Fame 1993 Short print
1964 Topps Jesse Richardson 1964 Topps 18 Jesse Richardson Boston Patriots defensive tackle Alabama Short print
1964 Topps Jack Rudolph 1964 Topps 19 Jack Rudolph Boston Patriots linebacker Georgia Tech Rookie card, short print
1964 Topps Don Webb 1964 Topps 20 Don Webb Boston Patriots defensive back Iowa State Rookie card

Webb played 11 seasons in the AFL and NFL, all with the Patriots.
1964 Topps Boston Patriots Team 1964 Topps 21 Boston Patriots Team Boston Patriots SGC 88, PSA 8
1964 Topps Ray Abruzzese 1964 Topps 22 Ray Abruzzese Buffalo Bills defensive back Alabama Error card

The player pictured on this card is Ed Rutkowski, not Ray Abruzzese. See my Mistaken Identities page for other football cards that picture the wrong player.
1964 Topps Stew Barber 1964 Topps 23 Stew Barber Buffalo Bills linebacker Penn State Rookie card
1964 Topps Dave Behrman 1964 Topps 24 Dave Behrman Buffalo Bills center Michigan State Rookie card
1964 Topps Al Bemiller 1964 Topps 25 Al Bemiller Buffalo Bills center Syracuse Rookie card