1968 Topps Test Team Photos
1968 Topps "Test" Team Photo cards were inserts in packs of 1968 Topps Team Patches. Topps apparently test marketed the patches (hence the word "test" in the name) but did not sell them widely, so both the cards and patches are scarce.
There are 25 cards in the team photo set, one for each of the 26 NFL and AFL teams except Cincinnati. 1968 was the year that the Bengals joined the AFL, and Topps apparently didn't yet have photo of the team. I have not studied the cards carefully, but I suspect that the other teams' photos are all from 1967 or earlier. I verified this for the Cleveland Browns card: the same image appears under 1967 on the Browns web site.
The team photo cards are the same size as the "tall boy" 1965 Topps football cards. This is a bit odd, since the patches--the main product in the packs--are the same size as regular cards. The backs of the cards list all of the team personnel on the front--a nice feature. Unfortunately, most of the cards I have seen have had a wax stain running vertically across the middle of the back. There is a picture of one of the card backs in my blog article about the set.
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|
|1968 Topps Test Team Photos||1||Green Bay Packers Team||Green Bay Packers|
|1968 Topps Test Team Photos||2||New Orleans Saints Team||New Orleans Saints|
|1968 Topps Test Team Photos||3||New York Jets Team||New York Jets||PSA 4|
|1968 Topps Test Team Photos||4||Miami Dolphins Team||Miami Dolphins||PSA 5|
|1968 Topps Test Team Photos||5||Pittsburgh Steelers Team||Pittsburgh Steelers||PSA 4|
|1968 Topps Test Team Photos||6||Detroit Lions Team||Detroit Lions||PSA 4|
|1968 Topps Test Team Photos||7||Los Angeles Rams Team||Los Angeles Rams|
|1968 Topps Test Team Photos||8||Atlanta Falcons Team||Atlanta Falcons||PSA 4|
|1968 Topps Test Team Photos||9||New York Giants Team||New York Giants|
|1968 Topps Test Team Photos||10||Denver Broncos Team||Denver Broncos||PSA 4|
|1968 Topps Test Team Photos||11||Dallas Cowboys Team||Dallas Cowboys|
|1968 Topps Test Team Photos||12||Buffalo Bills Team||Buffalo Bills||The Bills finished 1-12-1 in 1968, worst in the NFL and AFL. They chose O.J. Simpson with the first overall draft pick in 1969.||PSA 4|
|1968 Topps Test Team Photos||13||Cleveland Browns Team||Cleveland Browns||PSA 4|
|1968 Topps Test Team Photos||14||San Francisco 49ers Team||San Francisco 49ers||PSA 4|
|1968 Topps Test Team Photos||15||Baltimore Colts Team||Baltimore Colts|
|1968 Topps Test Team Photos||16||San Diego Chargers Team||San Diego Chargers||PSA 4|
|1968 Topps Test Team Photos||17||Oakland Raiders Team||Oakland Raiders||PSA 4|
|1968 Topps Test Team Photos||18||Houston Oilers Team||Houston Oilers||PSA 4|
|1968 Topps Test Team Photos||19||Minnesota Vikings Team||Minnesota Vikings||PSA 4|
|1968 Topps Test Team Photos||20||Washington Redskins Team||Washington Redskins||PSA 4|
|1968 Topps Test Team Photos||21||St. Louis Cardinals Team||St. Louis Cardinals||PSA 4|
|1968 Topps Test Team Photos||22||Kansas City Chiefs Team||Kansas City Chiefs||PSA 4|
|1968 Topps Test Team Photos||23||Boston Patriots Team||Boston Patriots||PSA 4|
|1968 Topps Test Team Photos||24||Chicago Bears Team||Chicago Bears|
|1968 Topps Test Team Photos||25||Philadelphia Eagles Team||Philadelphia Eagles||PSA 4|
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