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1972 Topps Football Cards

1972 Topps football card wrapperTo my knowledge, 1972 Topps cards were the only vintage football cards to be released in three series. The first series contained cards 1-132, the second contained cards 79 and 133-263, and the third contained cards 264-361. Topps included card number 79, the second series checklist, in both the first and second series, so it is a double print.

Third series 1972 Topps cards were released late in the football season (I remember getting a pack from my brother for Christmas), and apparently many of them went unsold. Because relatively few of the third series cards made in into circulation in 1972, the price guides have them valued much higher than cards from the first two series. However, many (or most) of the excess third series cards were not destroyed in 1972; rather, a large dealer bought them from Topps and stored them. The dealer has been selling the unopened cards in recent years, and the cards are no longer difficult to find. Of course, since the cards were recently opened, most of them are in top condition. There are still plenty of unopened third series cards available, and their prices continue to decline. Perhaps because the multiple series did not work well in 1972, Topps released its 1973 football cards--all 528 of them--in a single series.

Rookie cards of Pro Football Hall of Famers in the 1972 Topps set: Ted Hendricks, Charlie Joiner, Larry Little, John Riggins, Roger Staubach, Emmitt Thomas, Gene Upshaw, Rayfield Wright, Ron Yary. Rookie cards of Heisman Trophy winners in the 1972 Topps set: Steve Owens, Jim Plunkett, Steve Spurrier.

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Picture Set # Card Title/Players Pro Team Position College Honors Notes Est. Retail Value (?) Grades available at nearmintcards.com
1972 Topps 1971 AFC Rushing Leaders 1972 Topps 1 1971 AFC Rushing Leaders

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Larry Csonka Miami Dolphins fullback Syracuse College Hall of Fame 1989, Dolphins Honor Roll 1990, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1987
Marv Hubbard Oakland Raiders running back Colgate
Floyd Little Denver Broncos running back Syracuse Broncos Ring of Fame 1984, College Hall of Fame 1983, Pro Football Hall of Fame 2010
1972 Topps 1971 NFC Rushing Leaders 1972 Topps 2 1971 NFC Rushing Leaders

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John Brockington Green Bay Packers running back Ohio State Packers Hall of Fame 1984
Willie Ellison Los Angeles Rams running back Texas Southern
Steve Owens Detroit Lions running back Oklahoma College Hall of Fame 1991, Heisman Trophy 1969
1972 Topps 1971 AFC Passing Leaders 1972 Topps 3 1971 AFC Passing Leaders

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Virgil Carter Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Brigham Young
Len Dawson Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Purdue Chiefs Hall of Fame 1979, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1987
Bob Griese Miami Dolphins quarterback Purdue College Hall of Fame 1984, Dolphins Honor Roll 1990, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1990
1972 Topps 1971 NFC Passing Leaders 1972 Topps 4 1971 NFC Passing Leaders

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Bill Kilmer Washington Redskins quarterback, halfback UCLA College Hall of Fame 1999, Redskins Ring of Fame 2000, Saints Hall of Fame 1990
Greg Landry Detroit Lions quarterback Massachusetts
Roger Staubach Dallas Cowboys quarterback New Mexico Military Institute, Navy College Hall of Fame 1981, Cowboys Ring of Honor 1983, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1985
1972 Topps 1971 AFC Receiving Leaders 1972 Topps 5 1971 AFC Receiving Leaders

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Fred Biletnikoff Oakland Raiders end Florida State College Hall of Fame 1991, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1988
Otis Taylor Kansas City Chiefs end Prairie View Chiefs Hall of Fame 1982
Randy Vataha New England Patriots wide receiver Stanford
1972 Topps 1971 NFC Receiving Leaders 1972 Topps 6 1971 NFC Receiving Leaders

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Harold Jackson Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jackson State
Roy Jefferson Washington Redskins wide receiver Utah
Ted Kwalick San Francisco 49ers tight end Penn State College Hall of Fame 1989
Bob Tucker New York Giants tight end Bloomsburg State
1972 Topps 1971 AFC Scoring Leaders 1972 Topps 7 1971 AFC Scoring Leaders

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Jim O'Brien Baltimore Colts kicker, wide receiver Cincinnati
Jan Stenerud Kansas City Chiefs kicker Montana State Chiefs Hall of Fame 1992, Packers Hall of Fame 1991, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1991
Garo Yepremian Miami Dolphins kicker
1972 Topps 1971 NFC Scoring Leaders 1972 Topps 8 1971 NFC Scoring Leaders

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Bruce Gossett San Francisco 49ers kicker Richmond
Curt Knight Washington Redskins kicker Coast Guard
Errol Mann Detroit Lions kicker North Dakota
1972 Topps Jim Kiick 1972 Topps 9 Jim Kiick Miami Dolphins running back Wyoming

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1972 Topps Otis Taylor 1972 Topps 10 Otis Taylor Kansas City Chiefs end Prairie View Chiefs Hall of Fame 1982

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1972 Topps Bobby Joe Green 1972 Topps 11 Bobby Joe Green Chicago Bears punter Florida

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1972 Topps Ken Ellis 1972 Topps 12 Ken Ellis Green Bay Packers defensive back Southern Packers Hall of Fame 1998

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1972 Topps John Riggins 1972 Topps 13 John Riggins New York Jets running back Kansas Pro Football Hall of Fame 1992, Redskins Ring of Fame 2000 Rookie card

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1972 Topps Dave Parks 1972 Topps 14 Dave Parks New Orleans Saints end, flanker Texas Tech College Hall of Fame 2008

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1972 Topps John Hadl 1972 Topps 15 John Hadl San Diego Chargers quarterback Kansas Chargers Hall of Fame 1983, College Hall of Fame 1994

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1972 Topps Ron Hornsby 1972 Topps 16 Ron Hornsby New York Giants linebacker Southeast Louisiana Rookie card

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PSA 8
1972 Topps Chip Myers 1972 Topps 17 Chip Myers Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Northwest Oklahoma State Rookie card

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1972 Topps Bill Kilmer 1972 Topps 18 Bill Kilmer Washington Redskins quarterback, halfback UCLA College Hall of Fame 1999, Redskins Ring of Fame 2000, Saints Hall of Fame 1990

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1972 Topps Fred Hoaglin 1972 Topps 19 Fred Hoaglin Cleveland Browns center Pittsburgh Rookie card

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1972 Topps Carl Eller 1972 Topps 20 Carl Eller Minnesota Vikings defensive end Minnesota College Hall of Fame 2006, Pro Football Hall of Fame 2004, Vikings Ring of Honor 2002

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1972 Topps Steve Zabel 1972 Topps 21 Steve Zabel Philadelphia Eagles tight end Oklahoma Rookie card

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1972 Topps Vic Washington 1972 Topps 22 Vic Washington San Francisco 49ers running back Wyoming Rookie card

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1972 Topps Len St. Jean 1972 Topps 23 Len St. Jean New England Patriots guard Northern Michigan

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1972 Topps Bill Thompson 1972 Topps 24 Bill Thompson Denver Broncos defensive back Maryland Eastern Shore Broncos Ring of Fame 1987

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1972 Topps Steve Owens 1972 Topps 25 Steve Owens Detroit Lions running back Oklahoma College Hall of Fame 1991, Heisman Trophy 1969 Rookie card

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1972 Topps Ken Burrough 1972 Topps 26 Ken Burrough Houston Oilers wide receiver Texas Southern Rookie card

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1972 Topps Mike Clark 1972 Topps 27 Mike Clark Dallas Cowboys kicker, end Texas A and M

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1972 Topps Willie Brown 1972 Topps 28 Willie Brown Oakland Raiders defensive back Grambling Pro Football Hall of Fame 1984

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1972 Topps 1st Series Checklist 1972 Topps 29 1st Series Checklist

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1972 Topps Marlin Briscoe 1972 Topps 30 Marlin Briscoe Buffalo Bills wide receiver Nebraska - Omaha Rookie card

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1972 Topps Jerry Logan 1972 Topps 31 Jerry Logan Baltimore Colts defensive back West Texas State

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1972 Topps Donny Anderson 1972 Topps 32 Donny Anderson St. Louis Cardinals running back Texas Tech College Hall of Fame 1989, Packers Hall of Fame 1983

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1972 Topps Rich McGeorge 1972 Topps 33 Rich McGeorge Green Bay Packers tight end Elon College Hall of Fame 2012 Rookie card

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1972 Topps Charlie Durkee 1972 Topps 34 Charlie Durkee New Orleans Saints kicker Oklahoma State

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1972 Topps Willie Lanier 1972 Topps 35 Willie Lanier Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Morgan State Chiefs Hall of Fame 1985, College Hall of Fame 2000, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1986

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1972 Topps Chris Farasopoulos 1972 Topps 36 Chris Farasopoulos New York Jets defensive back Brigham Young Rookie card

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1972 Topps Ron Shanklin 1972 Topps 37 Ron Shanklin Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver North Texas Rookie card

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1972 Topps Forrest Blue 1972 Topps 38 Forrest Blue San Francisco 49ers center Auburn Rookie card

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1972 Topps Ken Reaves 1972 Topps 39 Ken Reaves Atlanta Falcons defensive back Norfolk State

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1972 Topps Roman Gabriel 1972 Topps 40 Roman Gabriel Los Angeles Rams quarterback North Carolina State College Hall of Fame 1989

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1972 Topps Mac Percival 1972 Topps 41 Mac Percival Chicago Bears kicker Texas Tech

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1972 Topps Lem Barney 1972 Topps 42 Lem Barney Detroit Lions defensive back Jackson State Pro Football Hall of Fame 1992

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1972 Topps Nick Buoniconti 1972 Topps 43 Nick Buoniconti Miami Dolphins linebacker Notre Dame Dolphins Honor Roll 1991, Patriots Hall of Fame 1992, Pro Football Hall of Fame 2001

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1972 Topps Charlie Gogolak 1972 Topps 44 Charlie Gogolak New England Patriots kicker Princeton

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1972 Topps Bill Bradley 1972 Topps 45 Bill Bradley Philadelphia Eagles defensive back Texas Eagles Honor Roll 1993 Rookie card

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1972 Topps Joe Jones 1972 Topps 46 Joe Jones Cleveland Browns defensive end Tennessee State Rookie card

Jones played ten seasons for the Browns, Eagles, and Redskins. He did not play in 1972, however.

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1972 Topps Dave Williams 1972 Topps 47 Dave Williams St. Louis Cardinals wide receiver Washington

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1972 Topps Pete Athas 1972 Topps 48 Pete Athas New York Giants defensive back Tennessee Rookie card

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1972 Topps Virgil Carter 1972 Topps 49 Virgil Carter Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Brigham Young

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1972 Topps Floyd Little 1972 Topps 50 Floyd Little Denver Broncos running back Syracuse Broncos Ring of Fame 1984, College Hall of Fame 1983, Pro Football Hall of Fame 2010

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