1971 Topps Football Cards
There 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.
|Image||Set||#||Card Title/Players||Pro Team||Position||College||Honors||Notes||Grades available at Nearmint Sports Cards|
|1971 Topps||1||John Unitas||Baltimore Colts||quarterback||Louisville||Pro Football Hall of Fame 1979||exmt|
|1971 Topps||2||Jim Butler||Atlanta Falcons||running back||Edward Waters College||nm|
|1971 Topps||3||Marty Schottenheimer||New England Patriots||linebacker||Pittsburgh||Chiefs Hall of Fame 2010||Rookie card||exmt|
|1971 Topps||4||Joe O'Donnell||Buffalo Bills||guard||Michigan||Rookie card|
|1971 Topps||5||Tom Dempsey||New Orleans Saints||kicker||Palomar Jr. College||Saints Hall of Fame 1989|
|1971 Topps||6||Chuck Allen||Pittsburgh Steelers||linebacker||Washington||Chargers Hall of Fame 1984|
|1971 Topps||7||Ernie Kellermann||Cleveland Browns||defensive back||Miami Ohio|
|1971 Topps||8||Walt Garrison||Dallas Cowboys||running back||Oklahoma State||Rookie card|
|1971 Topps||9||Bill Van Heusen||Denver Broncos||punter, wide receiver||Maryland||Rookie card||nm|
|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||The Chargers traded Alworth to the Cowboys on May 19, 1971, for Pettis Norman, Ron East, and Tony Liscio. Alworth's 1971 Topps cards show him still with the Chargers.|
|1971 Topps||11||Greg Landry||Detroit Lions||quarterback||Massachusetts||Rookie card||nm|
|1971 Topps||12||Larry Krause||Green Bay Packers||running back||St. Norbert||Rookie card|
|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||nm oc|
|1971 Topps||14||Roy Gerela||Houston Oilers||kicker||New Mexico State||Rookie card||nm|
|1971 Topps||15||Clifton McNeil||New York Giants||wide receiver||Grambling|
|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||17||Lloyd Mumphord||Miami Dolphins||defensive back||Texas Southern||Rookie card|
|1971 Topps||18||Gary Cuozzo||Minnesota Vikings||quarterback||Virginia||nm|
|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||20||Larry Wilson||St. Louis Cardinals||defensive back||Utah||Pro Football Hall of Fame 1978, Cardinals Ring of Honor 2006||nm|
|1971 Topps||21||Charlie Smith||Oakland Raiders||running back||Utah||nm|
|1971 Topps||22||Ken Avery||Cincinnati Bengals||linebacker||Southern Mississippi||Rookie card
This card pictures Avery in his Giants uniform, though he had not played for the Giants since 1968.
|1971 Topps||23||Billy Walik||Philadelphia Eagles||wide receiver||Villanova||Rookie card|
|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||25||Dick Butkus||Chicago Bears||linebacker||Illinois||Pro Football Hall of Fame 1979, College Hall of Fame 1983|