1970 Topps Football Cards
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||1||Len Dawson||Kansas City Chiefs||quarterback||Purdue||Chiefs Hall of Fame 1979, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1987|
|1970 Topps||2||Doug Hart||Green Bay Packers||defensive back||Texas - Arlington||Rookie card|
|1970 Topps||3||Verlon Biggs||New York Jets||defensive end||Jackson State|
|1970 Topps||4||Ralph Neely||Dallas Cowboys||tackle||Oklahoma||Rookie card
Neely played 13 seasons in the NFL, all with the Cowboys.
|1970 Topps||5||Harmon Wages||Atlanta Falcons||running back||Florida||Rookie card||PSA 8|
|1970 Topps||6||Dan Conners||Oakland Raiders||linebacker||Miami Florida||Rookie card|
|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||8||Erich Barnes||Cleveland Browns||defensive back||Purdue|
|1970 Topps||9||Checklist 1-132|
|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||11||Ed Flanagan||Detroit Lions||center||Purdue||Rookie card|
|1970 Topps||12||George Seals||Chicago Bears||defensive tackle||Missouri||Rookie card||PSA 9|
|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||14||Mike Haffner||Denver Broncos||wide receiver||UCLA||Rookie card|
|1970 Topps||15||Bob Vogel||Baltimore Colts||tackle||Ohio State|
|1970 Topps||16||Bill Peterson||Cincinnati Bengals||linebacker||San Jose State||Rookie card|
|1970 Topps||17||Spider Lockhart||New York Giants||defensive back||North Texas|
|1970 Topps||18||Billy Truax||Los Angeles Rams||end||LSU|
|1970 Topps||19||Jim Beirne||Houston Oilers||wide receiver||Purdue||Rookie card||nm|
|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||21||Dave Lloyd||Philadelphia Eagles||linebacker||Georgia|
|1970 Topps||22||Mike Tilleman||New Orleans Saints||defensive tackle||Montana|
|1970 Topps||23||Gary Garrison||San Diego Chargers||wide receiver||San Diego State||Chargers Hall of Fame 1985|
|1970 Topps||24||Larry Brown||Washington Redskins||running back||Kansas State||Redskins Ring of Fame||Rookie card|
|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|