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1973 Topps Football Cards

1973 Topps football card wrapperTopps drastically increased the size of its football card issue in 1973, going to 528 cards. (The 1971 Topps set contained 263 cards, and the 1972 Topps set contained 351.) I have not seen an uncut sheet of 1973 Topps cards, but I assume they were printed on two 264-card sheets. For the first time since 1967, Topps released its football cards in a single series.

Because the set was so much larger than previous football card issues, many of the players made their first appearance on a card in this set. By my rough count, the 1973 Topps set contains 197 rookie cards. The set also contains an odd feature I have not seen in another set: three "boyhood photo" cards. I am curious how the boyhood photos came about, and why there are only three of them. Maybe Topps just needed some filler cards to make it to 528?

Rookie cards of Pro Football Hall of Famers in the 1973 Topps set: Curley Culp, Dan Dierdorf, Jack Ham, Franco Harris, Jim Langer, Art Shell, Jack Youngblood. Rookie cards of Heisman Trophy winners in the 1973 Topps set: Pat Sullivan.

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Picture Set # Card Title/Players Pro Team Position College Honors Notes Est. Retail Value (?) Grades available at nearmintcards.com
1973 Topps 1972 Rushing Leaders 1973 Topps 1 1972 Rushing Leaders

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Larry Brown Washington Redskins running back Kansas State Redskins Ring of Fame 2000
O.J. Simpson Buffalo Bills running back USC, City College of San Francisco Bills Wall of Fame 1980, College Hall of Fame 1983, Heisman Trophy 1968, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1985
1973 Topps 1972 Passing Leaders 1973 Topps 2 1972 Passing Leaders

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Earl Morrall Miami Dolphins quarterback Michigan State
Norm Snead New York Giants quarterback Wake Forest
1973 Topps 1972 Receiving Leaders 1973 Topps 3 1972 Receiving Leaders

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Fred Biletnikoff Oakland Raiders end Florida State College Hall of Fame 1991, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1988
Harold Jackson Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Jackson State
1973 Topps 1972 Scoring Leaders 1973 Topps 4 1972 Scoring Leaders UPI named Marcol the NFC Rookie of the Year in 1972.

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Bobby Howfield New York Jets kicker
Chester Marcol Green Bay Packers kicker Hillsdale Packers Hall of Fame 1987
1973 Topps 1972 Interception Leaders 1973 Topps 5 1972 Interception Leaders

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Bill Bradley Philadelphia Eagles defensive back Texas Eagles Honor Roll 1993
Mike Sensibaugh Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Ohio State
1973 Topps 1972 Punting Leaders 1973 Topps 6 1972 Punting Leaders Error card

Wilson's name is misspelled "Jerrell."

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Dave Chapple Los Angeles Rams punter UC Santa Barbara
Jerrel Wilson Kansas City Chiefs punter, running back Southern Mississippi Chiefs Hall of Fame 1988
1973 Topps Bob Trumpy 1973 Topps 7 Bob Trumpy Cincinnati Bengals tight end, wide receiver Utah

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1973 Topps Mel Tom 1973 Topps 8 Mel Tom Philadelphia Eagles defensive end San Jose State Rookie card

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1973 Topps Clarence Ellis 1973 Topps 9 Clarence Ellis Atlanta Falcons defensive back Notre Dame Rookie card

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1973 Topps John Niland 1973 Topps 10 John Niland Dallas Cowboys guard Iowa

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1973 Topps Randy Jackson 1973 Topps 11 Randy Jackson Chicago Bears tackle Florida Rookie card

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1973 Topps Greg Landry 1973 Topps 12 Greg Landry Detroit Lions quarterback Massachusetts

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1973 Topps Cid Edwards 1973 Topps 13 Cid Edwards San Diego Chargers running back Tennessee State Rookie card

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1973 Topps Phil Olsen 1973 Topps 14 Phil Olsen Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Utah State Rookie card

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1973 Topps Terry Bradshaw 1973 Topps 15 Terry Bradshaw Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Louisiana Tech College Hall of Fame 1996, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1989 Bradshaw's brother, Craig Bradshaw, was a quarterback for the Houston Oilers in 1980.

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1973 Topps Al Cowlings 1973 Topps 16 Al Cowlings Houston Oilers defensive end USC Rookie card

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1973 Topps Walker Gillette 1973 Topps 17 Walker Gillette St. Louis Cardinals wide receiver Richmond Rookie card

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1973 Topps Bob Atkins 1973 Topps 18 Bob Atkins Houston Oilers defensive back Grambling Rookie card

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1973 Topps Diron Talbert 1973 Topps 19 Diron Talbert Washington Redskins defensive tackle Texas Rookie card

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1973 Topps Jim Johnson 1973 Topps 20 Jim Johnson San Francisco 49ers defensive back UCLA 49ers Hall of Fame 2009, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1994

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1973 Topps Howard Twilley 1973 Topps 21 Howard Twilley Miami Dolphins end Tulsa College Hall of Fame 1992

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1973 Topps Dick Enderle 1973 Topps 22 Dick Enderle New York Giants guard Minnesota Rookie card

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1973 Topps Wayne Colman 1973 Topps 23 Wayne Colman New Orleans Saints linebacker Temple Rookie card

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1973 Topps John Schmitt 1973 Topps 24 John Schmitt New York Jets center Hofstra Rookie card

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1973 Topps George Blanda 1973 Topps 25 George Blanda Oakland Raiders quarterback, kicker Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame 1981

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1973 Topps Milt Morin 1973 Topps 26 Milt Morin Cleveland Browns tight end Massachusetts College Hall of Fame 2010

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1973 Topps Mike Current 1973 Topps 27 Mike Current Denver Broncos tackle Ohio State Current was also the punter at Ohio State, according to the back of his 1973 Topps card.

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1973 Topps Rex Kern 1973 Topps 28 Rex Kern Baltimore Colts defensive back Ohio State College Hall of Fame 2007 Rookie card

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1973 Topps MacArthur Lane 1973 Topps 29 MacArthur Lane Green Bay Packers running back Utah State

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1973 Topps Alan Page 1973 Topps 30 Alan Page Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Notre Dame College Hall of Fame 1993, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1988, Vikings Ring of Honor 1998

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1973 Topps Randy Vataha 1973 Topps 31 Randy Vataha New England Patriots wide receiver Stanford

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1973 Topps Jim Kearney 1973 Topps 32 Jim Kearney Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Prairie View Rookie card

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1973 Topps Steve Smith 1973 Topps 33 Steve Smith Philadelphia Eagles tackle Michigan Rookie card

Smith's son, Brady, was a defensive end for ten seasons with the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons.

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1973 Topps Ken Anderson 1973 Topps 34 Ken Anderson Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Augustana Rookie card

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1973 Topps Calvin Hill 1973 Topps 35 Calvin Hill Dallas Cowboys running back Yale

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1973 Topps Andy Maurer 1973 Topps 36 Andy Maurer Atlanta Falcons guard Oregon Rookie card

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1973 Topps Joe Taylor 1973 Topps 37 Joe Taylor Chicago Bears defensive back North Carolina A and T Rookie card

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1973 Topps Deacon Jones 1973 Topps 38 Deacon Jones San Diego Chargers defensive end Mississippi Vocational Pro Football Hall of Fame 1980

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1973 Topps Mike Weger 1973 Topps 39 Mike Weger Detroit Lions defensive back Bowling Green Rookie card

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1973 Topps Roy Gerela 1973 Topps 40 Roy Gerela Pittsburgh Steelers kicker New Mexico State

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1973 Topps Les Josephson 1973 Topps 41 Les Josephson Los Angeles Rams running back Augustana

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1973 Topps Dave Washington 1973 Topps 42 Dave Washington Buffalo Bills linebacker Alcorn State Rookie card

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1973 Topps Bill Curry 1973 Topps 43 Bill Curry Houston Oilers center Georgia Tech Rookie card

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1973 Topps Fred Heron 1973 Topps 44 Fred Heron St. Louis Cardinals defensive tackle San Jose State Rookie card

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1973 Topps John Brodie 1973 Topps 45 John Brodie San Francisco 49ers quarterback Stanford 49ers Hall of Fame 2009, College Hall of Fame 1986

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1973 Topps Roy Winston 1973 Topps 46 Roy Winston Minnesota Vikings linebacker LSU

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1973 Topps Mike Bragg 1973 Topps 47 Mike Bragg Washington Redskins punter Richmond

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1973 Topps Mercury Morris 1973 Topps 48 Mercury Morris Miami Dolphins running back West Texas State

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1973 Topps Jim Files 1973 Topps 49 Jim Files New York Giants linebacker Oklahoma Rookie card

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1973 Topps Gene Upshaw 1973 Topps 50 Gene Upshaw Oakland Raiders guard Texas A and M - Kingsville Pro Football Hall of Fame 1987 Upshaw's younger brother, Marvin, played for the Browns, Chiefs, and Cardinals.

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