1970 Topps Football Cards

1970 Topps football card wrapper There are 263 cards in the 1970 Topps football card set. They were released in two series, with cards 1-132 in the first series, and cards 132-263 in the second. Second series cards appear to have been printed in slightly smaller quantities, so they tend to sell for a bit more. Card #132, the second series checklist, was included in both series, and is thus a double print.

There are variations of two cards in the set: the Lance Rentzel and Calvin Hill cards were printed with the player's name in either red or black. In each case, the variation with the black name is much scarcer than the one with the red name.

First series 1970 Topps packs included poster inserts, and second series packs included 1970 Topps Super Glossy cards. The posters were a weak effort: though they have the players' names on them, the pictures on them are generic drawings that could be anybody. I don't yet have the posters in the Gallery, but you can see examples on eBay. The Super Glossies, on the other hand, are brilliant, and they are among my favorite football cards.

Rookie cards of Pro Football Hall of Famers in the 1970 Topps set: O.J. Simpson, Alan Page, Jan Stenerud, Lem Barney, Tom Mack, Elvin Bethea, Claude Humphrey. Rookie cards of Heisman Trophy winners in the 1970 Topps set: O.J. Simpson, Mike Garrett.

Image Set # Card Title/Players Pro Team Position College Honors Notes Grades available at Nearmint Sports Cards
1970 Topps Len Dawson 1970 Topps 1 Len Dawson Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Purdue Chiefs Hall of Fame 1979, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1987
1970 Topps Doug Hart 1970 Topps 2 Doug Hart Green Bay Packers defensive back Texas - Arlington Rookie card
1970 Topps Verlon Biggs 1970 Topps 3 Verlon Biggs New York Jets defensive end Jackson State
1970 Topps Ralph Neely 1970 Topps 4 Ralph Neely Dallas Cowboys tackle Oklahoma Rookie card

Neely played 13 seasons in the NFL, all with the Cowboys.
1970 Topps Harmon Wages 1970 Topps 5 Harmon Wages Atlanta Falcons running back Florida Rookie card PSA 8
1970 Topps Dan Conners 1970 Topps 6 Dan Conners Oakland Raiders linebacker Miami Florida Rookie card
1970 Topps Gino Cappelletti 1970 Topps 7 Gino Cappelletti Boston Patriots end Minnesota Patriots Hall of Fame 1992 Cappelletti was inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 1984.
1970 Topps Erich Barnes 1970 Topps 8 Erich Barnes Cleveland Browns defensive back Purdue
1970 Topps Checklist 1-132 1970 Topps 9 Checklist 1-132
1970 Topps Bob Griese 1970 Topps 10 Bob Griese Miami Dolphins quarterback Purdue College Hall of Fame 1984, Dolphins Honor Roll 1990, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1990
1970 Topps Ed Flanagan 1970 Topps 11 Ed Flanagan Detroit Lions center Purdue Rookie card
1970 Topps George Seals 1970 Topps 12 George Seals Chicago Bears defensive tackle Missouri Rookie card PSA 9
1970 Topps Harry Jacobs 1970 Topps 13 Harry Jacobs Buffalo Bills defensive end Bradley Jacobs is a member of the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame. PSA 8
1970 Topps Mike Haffner 1970 Topps 14 Mike Haffner Denver Broncos wide receiver UCLA Rookie card
1970 Topps Bob Vogel 1970 Topps 15 Bob Vogel Baltimore Colts tackle Ohio State
1970 Topps Bill Peterson 1970 Topps 16 Bill Peterson Cincinnati Bengals linebacker San Jose State Rookie card
1970 Topps Spider Lockhart 1970 Topps 17 Spider Lockhart New York Giants defensive back North Texas
1970 Topps Billy Truax 1970 Topps 18 Billy Truax Los Angeles Rams end LSU
1970 Topps Jim Beirne 1970 Topps 19 Jim Beirne Houston Oilers wide receiver Purdue Rookie card nm
1970 Topps Leroy Kelly 1970 Topps 20 Leroy Kelly Cleveland Browns running back Morgan State Pro Football Hall of Fame 1994, Browns Ring of Honor 2010 PSA 7
1970 Topps Dave Lloyd 1970 Topps 21 Dave Lloyd Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Georgia
1970 Topps Mike Tilleman 1970 Topps 22 Mike Tilleman New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Montana
1970 Topps Gary Garrison 1970 Topps 23 Gary Garrison San Diego Chargers wide receiver San Diego State Chargers Hall of Fame 1985
1970 Topps Larry Brown 1970 Topps 24 Larry Brown Washington Redskins running back Kansas State Redskins Ring of Fame Rookie card
1970 Topps Jan Stenerud 1970 Topps 25 Jan Stenerud Kansas City Chiefs kicker Montana State Packers Hall of Fame 1991, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1991, Chiefs Hall of Fame 1992 Rookie card