1971 Topps Football Cards

1971 Topps football card wrapperThere are 263 cards in the 1971 Topps football card set; they were released in two series. Card number 106, the second series checklist, was released with both series, so it is a double print. Second series cards appear to have been printed in slightly smaller numbers that first series cards, so second series commons, in general, sell for a bit more.

Cards of AFC players have red borders, cards of NFC players have blue borders, and cards of all-stars from either conference have red-and-blue borders. The colored borders show wear easily, especially at the corners, so finding the cards in mint condition is challenging. Many of the cards were cut off-center, as well.

1971 Topps Game cards and 1971 Topps "Star Pin-Up" Posters were inserts in packs of 1971 Topps cards. Each poster has a football field and instructions for using the game cards printed on the back. The game, unfortunately, wasn't much fun.

Rookie cards of Pro Football Hall of Famers in the 1971 Topps set: Ken Houston, Willie Lanier, Joe Greene, Terry Bradshaw, Charlie Sanders, Roger Wehrli.

Image Set # Card Title/Players Pro Team Position College Honors Notes Grades available at Nearmint Sports Cards
1971 Topps John Unitas 1971 Topps 1 John Unitas Baltimore Colts quarterback Louisville Pro Football Hall of Fame 1979 exmt
1971 Topps Jim Butler 1971 Topps 2 Jim Butler Atlanta Falcons running back Edward Waters College nm
1971 Topps Marty Schottenheimer 1971 Topps 3 Marty Schottenheimer New England Patriots linebacker Pittsburgh Chiefs Hall of Fame 2010 Rookie card exmt
1971 Topps Joe O 1971 Topps 4 Joe O'Donnell Buffalo Bills guard Michigan Rookie card
1971 Topps Tom Dempsey 1971 Topps 5 Tom Dempsey New Orleans Saints kicker Palomar Jr. College Saints Hall of Fame 1989
1971 Topps Chuck Allen 1971 Topps 6 Chuck Allen Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Washington Chargers Hall of Fame 1984
1971 Topps Ernie Kellermann 1971 Topps 7 Ernie Kellermann Cleveland Browns defensive back Miami Ohio
1971 Topps Walt Garrison 1971 Topps 8 Walt Garrison Dallas Cowboys running back Oklahoma State Rookie card
1971 Topps Bill Van Heusen 1971 Topps 9 Bill Van Heusen Denver Broncos punter, wide receiver Maryland Rookie card nm
1971 Topps Lance Alworth 1971 Topps 10 Lance Alworth San Diego Chargers end Arkansas Chargers Hall of Fame 1977, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1978, College Hall of Fame 1984
1971 Topps Greg Landry 1971 Topps 11 Greg Landry Detroit Lions quarterback Massachusetts Rookie card nm
1971 Topps Larry Krause 1971 Topps 12 Larry Krause Green Bay Packers running back St. Norbert Rookie card
1971 Topps Buck Buchanan 1971 Topps 13 Buck Buchanan Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Grambling Chiefs Hall of Fame 1981, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1990, College Hall of Fame 1996
1971 Topps Roy Gerela 1971 Topps 14 Roy Gerela Houston Oilers kicker New Mexico State Rookie card nm
1971 Topps Clifton McNeil 1971 Topps 15 Clifton McNeil New York Giants wide receiver Grambling
1971 Topps Bob Brown 1971 Topps 16 Bob Brown Los Angeles Rams tackle Nebraska College Hall of Fame 1993, Eagles Honor Roll 2004, Pro Football Hall of Fame 2004 exmt
1971 Topps Lloyd Mumphord 1971 Topps 17 Lloyd Mumphord Miami Dolphins defensive back Texas Southern Rookie card
1971 Topps Gary Cuozzo 1971 Topps 18 Gary Cuozzo Minnesota Vikings quarterback Virginia
1971 Topps Don Maynard 1971 Topps 19 Don Maynard New York Jets end Texas-El Paso Pro Football Hall of Fame 1987, Jets Ring of Honor 2010
1971 Topps Larry Wilson 1971 Topps 20 Larry Wilson St. Louis Cardinals defensive back Utah Pro Football Hall of Fame 1978, Cardinals Ring of Honor 2006 nm
1971 Topps Charlie Smith 1971 Topps 21 Charlie Smith Oakland Raiders running back Utah nm
1971 Topps Ken Avery 1971 Topps 22 Ken Avery Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Southern Mississippi Rookie card nm
1971 Topps Billy Walik 1971 Topps 23 Billy Walik Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Villanova Rookie card
1971 Topps Jim Johnson 1971 Topps 24 Jim Johnson San Francisco 49ers defensive back UCLA Pro Football Hall of Fame 1994, 49ers Hall of Fame 2009 nm
1971 Topps Dick Butkus 1971 Topps 25 Dick Butkus Chicago Bears linebacker Illinois Pro Football Hall of Fame 1979, College Hall of Fame 1983
1971 Topps Charley Taylor 1971 Topps 26 Charley Taylor Washington Redskins wide receiver Arizona State Redskins Ring of Fame, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1984 Error card

Name misspelled "Charlie."
1971 Topps Checklist 1971 Topps 27 Checklist
1971 Topps Lionel Aldridge 1971 Topps 28 Lionel Aldridge Green Bay Packers defensive end Utah State Packers Hall of Fame 1988 Rookie card nm
1971 Topps Billy Lothridge 1971 Topps 29 Billy Lothridge Atlanta Falcons kicker Georgia Tech Lothridge placed eighth in voting for the Heisman Trophy in 1962, and second in 1963. See my page of football cards of Heisman Trophy candidates. nm
1971 Topps Terry Hanratty 1971 Topps 30 Terry Hanratty Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Notre Dame Rookie card nm
1971 Topps Lee Roy Jordan 1971 Topps 31 Lee Roy Jordan Dallas Cowboys linebacker Alabama College Hall of Fame 1983, Cowboys Ring of Honor 1989 nm
1971 Topps Rick Volk 1971 Topps 32 Rick Volk Baltimore Colts defensive back Michigan Rookie card

In his rookie season, 1967, Volk returned an interception 94 yards for a touchdown. Those were the only points he scored in his 12-year NFL career.
1971 Topps Howard Kindig 1971 Topps 33 Howard Kindig Buffalo Bills defensive end California State - LA nm
1971 Topps Carl Garrett 1971 Topps 34 Carl Garrett New England Patriots running back New Mexico Highlands Rookie card
1971 Topps Bobby Bell 1971 Topps 35 Bobby Bell Kansas City Chiefs linebacker, defensive end Minnesota Outland Trophy 1962, Chiefs Hall of Fame 1980, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1983, College Hall of Fame 1991
1971 Topps Gene Hickerson 1971 Topps 36 Gene Hickerson Cleveland Browns guard Mississippi Pro Football Hall of Fame 2007, Browns Ring of Honor 2010 nm
1971 Topps Dave Parks 1971 Topps 37 Dave Parks New Orleans Saints end, flanker Texas Tech College Hall of Fame 2008
1971 Topps Paul Martha 1971 Topps 38 Paul Martha Denver Broncos defensive back Pittsburgh nm
1971 Topps George Blanda 1971 Topps 39 George Blanda Oakland Raiders quarterback, kicker Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame 1981
1971 Topps Tom Woodeshick 1971 Topps 40 Tom Woodeshick Philadelphia Eagles running back West Virginia nm
1971 Topps Alex Karras 1971 Topps 41 Alex Karras Detroit Lions defensive tackle Iowa Outland Trophy 1957, College Hall of Fame 1991 Due to a knee injury, Karras was released before the start of the 1971 season.
1971 Topps Rick Redman 1971 Topps 42 Rick Redman San Diego Chargers linebacker, punter Washington College Hall of Fame 1995 nm
1971 Topps Zeke Moore 1971 Topps 43 Zeke Moore Houston Oilers defensive back Lincoln University Rookie card nm
1971 Topps Jack Snow 1971 Topps 44 Jack Snow Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Notre Dame
1971 Topps Larry Csonka 1971 Topps 45 Larry Csonka Miami Dolphins fullback Syracuse Pro Football Hall of Fame 1987, College Hall of Fame 1989, Dolphins Honor Roll 1990
1971 Topps Karl Kassulke 1971 Topps 46 Karl Kassulke Minnesota Vikings defensive back Drake, Marquette Rookie card

Kassulke's rookie card came in his 9th NFL season. He played for the Vikings from 1963 to 1972.
1971 Topps Jim Hart 1971 Topps 47 Jim Hart St. Louis Cardinals quarterback Southern Illinois
1971 Topps Al Atkinson 1971 Topps 48 Al Atkinson New York Jets linebacker Villanova
1971 Topps Horst Muhlmann 1971 Topps 49 Horst Muhlmann Cincinnati Bengals kicker Rookie card PSA 8, nm
1971 Topps Sonny Jurgensen 1971 Topps 50 Sonny Jurgensen Washington Redskins quarterback Duke Redskins Ring of Fame, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1983, Eagles Honor Roll 1987