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

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
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

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1970 Topps Doug Hart 1970 Topps 2 Doug Hart Green Bay Packers defensive back Texas - Arlington Rookie card

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1970 Topps Verlon Biggs 1970 Topps 3 Verlon Biggs New York Jets defensive end Jackson State

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1970 Topps Ralph Neely 1970 Topps 4 Ralph Neely Dallas Cowboys tackle Oklahoma Rookie card

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1970 Topps Harmon Wages 1970 Topps 5 Harmon Wages Atlanta Falcons running back Florida Rookie card

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PSA 8
1970 Topps Dan Conners 1970 Topps 6 Dan Conners Oakland Raiders linebacker Miami Florida Rookie card

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1970 Topps Gino Cappelletti 1970 Topps 7 Gino Cappelletti Boston Patriots end Minnesota Patriots Hall of Fame 1992

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1970 Topps Erich Barnes 1970 Topps 8 Erich Barnes Cleveland Browns defensive back Purdue

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1970 Topps Checklist 1-132 1970 Topps 9 Checklist 1-132

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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

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1970 Topps Ed Flanagan 1970 Topps 11 Ed Flanagan Detroit Lions center Purdue Rookie card

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1970 Topps George Seals 1970 Topps 12 George Seals Chicago Bears defensive tackle Missouri Rookie card

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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.

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PSA 8
1970 Topps Mike Haffner 1970 Topps 14 Mike Haffner Denver Broncos wide receiver UCLA Rookie card

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1970 Topps Bob Vogel 1970 Topps 15 Bob Vogel Baltimore Colts tackle Ohio State

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1970 Topps Bill Peterson 1970 Topps 16 Bill Peterson Cincinnati Bengals linebacker San Jose State Rookie card

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1970 Topps Spider Lockhart 1970 Topps 17 Spider Lockhart New York Giants defensive back North Texas

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1970 Topps Billy Truax 1970 Topps 18 Billy Truax Los Angeles Rams end LSU

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1970 Topps Jim Beirne 1970 Topps 19 Jim Beirne Houston Oilers wide receiver Purdue Rookie card

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1970 Topps Leroy Kelly 1970 Topps 20 Leroy Kelly Cleveland Browns running back Morgan State Browns Ring of Honor 2010, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1994

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1970 Topps Dave Lloyd 1970 Topps 21 Dave Lloyd Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Georgia

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1970 Topps Mike Tilleman 1970 Topps 22 Mike Tilleman New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Montana

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1970 Topps Gary Garrison 1970 Topps 23 Gary Garrison San Diego Chargers wide receiver San Diego State Chargers Hall of Fame 1985

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1970 Topps Larry Brown 1970 Topps 24 Larry Brown Washington Redskins running back Kansas State Redskins Ring of Fame 2000 Rookie card

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1970 Topps Jan Stenerud 1970 Topps 25 Jan Stenerud Kansas City Chiefs kicker Montana State Chiefs Hall of Fame 1992, Packers Hall of Fame 1991, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1991 Rookie card

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1970 Topps Rolf Krueger 1970 Topps 26 Rolf Krueger St. Louis Cardinals defensive end, defensive tackle Texas A and M Rookie card

Krueger played from 1969 to 1974 for the Cardinals and 49ers. He and his brother Charlie were teammates with the 49ers in 1972 and 1973.

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1970 Topps Roland Lakes 1970 Topps 27 Roland Lakes San Francisco 49ers tackle Wichita State Until 2010, Lakes was the youngest player ever to start at lineman for the 49ers.

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1970 Topps Dick Hoak 1970 Topps 28 Dick Hoak Pittsburgh Steelers running back Penn State

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1970 Topps Gene Washington 1970 Topps 29 Gene Washington Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Michigan State College Hall of Fame 2011 Rookie card

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1970 Topps Bart Starr 1970 Topps 30 Bart Starr Green Bay Packers quarterback Alabama Packers Hall of Fame 1977, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1977

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1970 Topps Dave Grayson 1970 Topps 31 Dave Grayson Oakland Raiders defensive back Oregon Grayson's son, David Jr., played for the Cleveland Browns and San Diego Chargers.

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1970 Topps Jerry Rush 1970 Topps 32 Jerry Rush Detroit Lions defensive tackle Michigan State Rookie card

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1970 Topps Len St. Jean 1970 Topps 33 Len St. Jean Boston Patriots guard Northern Michigan Rookie card

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1970 Topps Randy Edmunds 1970 Topps 34 Randy Edmunds Miami Dolphins linebacker Georgia Tech Rookie card

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1970 Topps Matt Snell 1970 Topps 35 Matt Snell New York Jets fullback Ohio State

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1970 Topps Paul Costa 1970 Topps 36 Paul Costa Buffalo Bills end Notre Dame

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PSA 8
1970 Topps Mike Pyle 1970 Topps 37 Mike Pyle Chicago Bears center Yale

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PSA 9
1970 Topps Roy Hilton 1970 Topps 38 Roy Hilton Baltimore Colts defensive end Jackson State

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1970 Topps Steve Tensi 1970 Topps 39 Steve Tensi Denver Broncos quarterback Florida State

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1970 Topps Tommy Nobis 1970 Topps 40 Tommy Nobis Atlanta Falcons linebacker Texas College Hall of Fame 1981, Falcons Ring of Honor 2004, Outland Trophy 1965

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1970 Topps Pete Case 1970 Topps 41 Pete Case New York Giants tackle Georgia

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1970 Topps Andy Rice 1970 Topps 42 Andy Rice Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Texas Southern Rookie card

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1970 Topps Elvin Bethea 1970 Topps 43 Elvin Bethea Houston Oilers defensive end North Carolina A and T Pro Football Hall of Fame 2003 Rookie card

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PSA 8
1970 Topps Jack Snow 1970 Topps 44 Jack Snow Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Notre Dame Snow placed fifth in voting for the 1964 Heisman Trophy. See my page of football cards of Heisman Trophy candidates.

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1970 Topps Mel Renfro 1970 Topps 45 Mel Renfro Dallas Cowboys defensive back Oregon College Hall of Fame 1986, Cowboys Ring of Honor 1977, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1996

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1970 Topps Andy Livingston 1970 Topps 46 Andy Livingston New Orleans Saints running back Phoenix Junior College

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PSA 8
1970 Topps Gary Ballman 1970 Topps 47 Gary Ballman Philadelphia Eagles halfback Michigan State

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1970 Topps Bob DeMarco 1970 Topps 48 Bob DeMarco St. Louis Cardinals center Dayton

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PSA 8
1970 Topps Steve DeLong 1970 Topps 49 Steve DeLong San Diego Chargers defensive end Tennessee College Hall of Fame 1993, Outland Trophy 1964

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1970 Topps Daryle Lamonica 1970 Topps 50 Daryle Lamonica Oakland Raiders quarterback Notre Dame

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