1968 Topps Football Cards
The 1968 Topps football card set contains 220 cards: 132 in the first series, and 88 cards in the second. The set contains both NFL and AFL players. The cards are numbered 1-219, with two variations of card number 219, the second series checklist. The second series checklist with green print on the back was released with the first series cards, presumably to alert kids that a second series would be available. (See my blog article, C is for Checklists.) My 1968 Topps virtual uncut sheet page shows what full sheets of first and second series cards looked like.
The cards of players from the Super Bowl II teams, the Green Bay Packers and the Oakland Raiders, are oriented horizontally and have a different background than the rest of the player cards. The backs of some second series cards are pieces to puzzles of Bart Starr and Len Dawson, the starting quarterbacks of Super Bowl I.
Each pack of 1968 Topps first series cards included an "All Star Pin-Up Picture" insert. Each pack of second series cards contained a "Football Stand-Up Plak." These "plaks" are now referred to as 1968 Topps Stand-Up cards; you can see the full set in the Gallery. You can see examples of the first and second series display boxes on the Legenday Auctions web site.
|Image||Set||#||Card Title/Players||Pro Team||Position||College||Honors||Notes||Grades available at Nearmint Sports Cards|
|1968 Topps||1||Bart Starr||Green Bay Packers||quarterback||Alabama||Packers Hall of Fame 1977, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1977||The backs of some second series 1968 Topps cards are part of a Bart Starr puzzle.|
|1968 Topps||2||Dick Bass||Los Angeles Rams||halfback||Pacific|
|1968 Topps||3||Grady Alderman||Minnesota Vikings||tackle||Detroit||ex+|
|1968 Topps||4||Obert Logan||New Orleans Saints||defensive back||Trinity|
|1968 Topps||5||Ernie Koy||New York Giants||running back||Texas||Rookie card|
|1968 Topps||6||Don Hultz||Philadelphia Eagles||defensive tackle||Southern Mississippi||Rookie card|
|1968 Topps||7||Earl Gros||Pittsburgh Steelers||running back||LSU||nm+|
|1968 Topps||8||Jim Bakken||St. Louis Cardinals||kicker||Wisconsin||SGC 92, nm|
|1968 Topps||9||George Mira||San Francisco 49ers||quarterback||Miami Florida||Mira placed fifth in voting for the Heisman Trophy in 1962, and tenth in 1963. See my page of football cards of Heisman Trophy candidates.|
|1968 Topps||10||Carl Kammerer||Washington Redskins||defensive end||Pacific||Rookie card||nm|
|1968 Topps||11||Willie Frazier||San Diego Chargers||end||Arkansas A and M||nm|
|1968 Topps||12||Kent McCloughan||Oakland Raiders||defensive back||Nebraska||Error card
McCloughan's name is misspelled "McCloughlan" on the back of the card.
|1968 Topps||13||George Sauer Jr.||New York Jets||end||Texas||Sauer's father, George Sauer Sr., played for the Green Bay Packers. See my Fathers and Sons page for more father/son pairs who appeared on vintage football cards.|
|1968 Topps||14||Jack Clancy||Miami Dolphins||wide receiver||Michigan||Rookie card|
|1968 Topps||15||Jim Tyrer||Kansas City Chiefs||tackle||Ohio State||Chiefs Hall of Fame 1977|
|1968 Topps||16||Bobby Maples||Houston Oilers||linebacker||Baylor||Maples's brother, Butch Maples, played for the Baltimore Colts in 1963.||nm oc|
|1968 Topps||17||Bo Hickey||Denver Broncos||running back||Maryland||Rookie card
Hickey coached high school football and hockey for 31 years at New Canaan High School in Connecticut. The New Canaan Patch web site has a nice article about him.
|1968 Topps||18||Frank Buncom||San Diego Chargers||linebacker||USC||Chargers Hall of Fame 1976||nm|
|1968 Topps||19||Keith Lincoln||Buffalo Bills||fullback||Washington State||Chargers Hall of Fame 1980||PSA 8|
|1968 Topps||20||Jim Whalen||Boston Patriots||tight end||Boston College|
|1968 Topps||21||Junior Coffey||Atlanta Falcons||halfback||Washington||ex+|
|1968 Topps||22||Billy Ray Smith||Baltimore Colts||tackle||Arkansas|
|1968 Topps||23||Johnny Morris||Chicago Bears||halfback||UC Santa Barbara||Morris still holds the Bears team record for career receiving yards.|
|1968 Topps||24||Ernie Green||Cleveland Browns||halfback||Louisville||Green co-founded EG Industries, a manufacturing company, in 1981.|
|1968 Topps||25||Don Meredith||Dallas Cowboys||quarterback||SMU||Cowboys Ring of Honor 1976, College Hall of Fame 1982|