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1968 Topps Test Team Patches

1968 Topps Test Team Patches wrapper In 1968, Topps produced a product called "Football Patches." The company apparently test marketed the patches but did not sell them widely, so today they are commonly known as 1968 Topps Test Team Patches. The set includes a total of 44 patches: one for each of the 26 NFL and AFL teams of the time, plus 18 patches of letters and numbers. The wrappers for the patches suggested that kids use the patches to create their own uniforms.

The logos that Topps used on the team patches were the same ones they used on the regular issue 1968 Topps football cards. I am not certain that all off them were official team logos. In particular, I have not seen the Lions or Bills logos anywhere but on football cards, and the Bengals logo that Topps used appears to be an abbreviated version of the team's official logo.

Topps also chose strange colors for the patches' backgrounds. Rather than using the teams' official colors, Topps picked seemingly random ones. The Bears logo, for example, appears on a green background, and the Cowboys logo appears on yellow. This makes the logos look kind of weird.

Finally, included in each pack of patches was a black and white team card of an NFL or AFL team. The team cards are known as 1968 Topps Test Team Photos.

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Picture Set # Card Title/Players Pro Team Position College Honors Notes Est. Retail Value (?) Grades available at nearmintcards.com
1968 Topps Test Team Patches 1 and 2 1968 Topps Test Team Patches 1 1 and 2
1968 Topps Test Team Patches 2 3 and 4
1968 Topps Test Team Patches 5 and 6 1968 Topps Test Team Patches 3 5 and 6
1968 Topps Test Team Patches 4 7 and 8
1968 Topps Test Team Patches 5 9 and 0
1968 Topps Test Team Patches A and B 1968 Topps Test Team Patches 6 A and B
1968 Topps Test Team Patches 7 C and D
1968 Topps Test Team Patches E and F 1968 Topps Test Team Patches 8 E and F
1968 Topps Test Team Patches G and H 1968 Topps Test Team Patches 9 G and H
1968 Topps Test Team Patches I and W 1968 Topps Test Team Patches 10 I and W
1968 Topps Test Team Patches J and X 1968 Topps Test Team Patches 11 J and X
1968 Topps Test Team Patches Atlanta Falcons 1968 Topps Test Team Patches 12 Atlanta Falcons Atlanta Falcons I believe that Topps got the Falcons logo backward. On everything else it's facing the other direction, forming a capital "F."
1968 Topps Test Team Patches Baltimore Colts 1968 Topps Test Team Patches 13 Baltimore Colts Baltimore Colts
1968 Topps Test Team Patches Chicago Bears 1968 Topps Test Team Patches 14 Chicago Bears Chicago Bears
1968 Topps Test Team Patches Cleveland Browns 1968 Topps Test Team Patches 15 Cleveland Browns Cleveland Browns Why an elf to represent the Browns? Because some elf-like creatures are called "Brownies." Vince Grzegorek explains.
1968 Topps Test Team Patches Dallas Cowboys 1968 Topps Test Team Patches 16 Dallas Cowboys Dallas Cowboys Dallas's cartoon cowboy is known as Cowboy Joe.
1968 Topps Test Team Patches Detroit Lions 1968 Topps Test Team Patches 17 Detroit Lions Detroit Lions I wonder if this was an official Lions logo. I have seen it only on 1961 Fleer and 1968 Topps football cards.
1968 Topps Test Team Patches Green Bay Packers 1968 Topps Test Team Patches 18 Green Bay Packers Green Bay Packers The white dots on the Packers logo represent Green Bay and Milwaukee. The Packers played some of their home games in Milwaukee from 1933 to 1994.
1968 Topps Test Team Patches Los Angeles Rams 1968 Topps Test Team Patches 19 Los Angeles Rams Los Angeles Rams
1968 Topps Test Team Patches Minnesota Vikings 1968 Topps Test Team Patches 20 Minnesota Vikings Minnesota Vikings
1968 Topps Test Team Patches New Orleans Saints 1968 Topps Test Team Patches 21 New Orleans Saints New Orleans Saints
1968 Topps Test Team Patches New York Giants 1968 Topps Test Team Patches 22 New York Giants New York Giants
1968 Topps Test Team Patches K and L 1968 Topps Test Team Patches 23 K and L
1968 Topps Test Team Patches 24 M and O
1968 Topps Test Team Patches N and P 1968 Topps Test Team Patches 25 N and P
1968 Topps Test Team Patches 26 Q and R
1968 Topps Test Team Patches S/T 1968 Topps Test Team Patches 27 S/T
1968 Topps Test Team Patches U and V 1968 Topps Test Team Patches 28 U and V
1968 Topps Test Team Patches 29 Y and Z
1968 Topps Test Team Patches Philadelphia Eagles 1968 Topps Test Team Patches 30 Philadelphia Eagles Philadelphia Eagles
1968 Topps Test Team Patches 31 Pittsburgh Steelers Pittsburgh Steelers
1968 Topps Test Team Patches St. Louis Cardinals 1968 Topps Test Team Patches 32 St. Louis Cardinals St. Louis Cardinals
1968 Topps Test Team Patches San Francisco 49ers 1968 Topps Test Team Patches 33 San Francisco 49ers San Francisco 49ers
1968 Topps Test Team Patches Washington Redskins 1968 Topps Test Team Patches 34 Washington Redskins Washington Redskins
1968 Topps Test Team Patches Boston Patriots 1968 Topps Test Team Patches 35 Boston Patriots Boston Patriots
1968 Topps Test Team Patches Buffalo Bills 1968 Topps Test Team Patches 36 Buffalo Bills Buffalo Bills
1968 Topps Test Team Patches Denver Broncos 1968 Topps Test Team Patches 37 Denver Broncos Denver Broncos
1968 Topps Test Team Patches Houston Oilers 1968 Topps Test Team Patches 38 Houston Oilers Houston Oilers
1968 Topps Test Team Patches Kansas City Chiefs 1968 Topps Test Team Patches 39 Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs What's that state behind the Chief? It's actually a six state region: Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.
1968 Topps Test Team Patches Miami Dolphins 1968 Topps Test Team Patches 40 Miami Dolphins Miami Dolphins
1968 Topps Test Team Patches New York Jets 1968 Topps Test Team Patches 41 New York Jets New York Jets
1968 Topps Test Team Patches Oakland Raiders 1968 Topps Test Team Patches 42 Oakland Raiders Oakland Raiders
1968 Topps Test Team Patches San Diego Chargers 1968 Topps Test Team Patches 43 San Diego Chargers San Diego Chargers
1968 Topps Test Team Patches Cincinnati Bengals 1968 Topps Test Team Patches 44 Cincinnati Bengals Cincinnati Bengals 1968 was Cincinnati's first season in the AFL. The patch is the last one in the set, though alphabetically it should have come before Denver.

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