Uncut Sheet of 1957 Topps Football Cards

The picture below shows the configuration of part of an uncut sheet of 1957 Topps football cards. It is modeled after a real partial sheet that appeared in a Huggins and Scott auction. If you hold your cursor over a card in the virtual sheet, your browser should show you the number of the card and the name of the player. Clicking on a card will bring up the full-sized scan. (A real uncut sheet would not have lines between the cards--that's an effect of scanning them individually.)

The partial sheet below contains 7 of the 12 columns of cards that would have appeared on a 132-card half-sheet. The 132-card half-sheet would have been part of a 264-card full sheet. To get the idea, see this 264-card full sheet of 1966 Topps baseball cards.

Zeke Bratkowski - 1957 Topps football card #140 Preston Carpenter - 1957 Topps football card #93 Elbert Nickel - 1957 Topps football card #101 Don Bingham - 1957 Topps football card #117 Ed Brown - 1957 Topps football card #43 George Tarasovic - 1957 Topps football card #39 Mike McCormack - 1957 Topps football card #3
Jim Mutscheller - 1957 Topps football card #103 Tom Runnels - 1957 Topps football card #110 Jim Doran - 1957 Topps football card #131 John Martinkovic - 1957 Topps football card #142 Gary Knafelc - 1957 Topps football card #45 Howard Cassady - 1957 Topps football card #80 Leo Elter - 1957 Topps football card #36
Tommy McDonald - 1957 Topps football card #124 Ronnie Knox - 1957 Topps football card #149 Don Paul - 1957 Topps football card #114 Jack Scarbath - 1957 Topps football card #126 Lou Baldacci - 1957 Topps football card #4 Ken Konz - 1957 Topps football card #52 J.C. Caroline - 1957 Topps football card #79
Joe Perry - 1957 Topps football card #129 John Unitas - 1957 Topps football card #138 Dick James - 1957 Topps football card #134 Jim David - 1957 Topps football card #150 Bobby Layne - 1957 Topps football card #32 Al Dorow - 1957 Topps football card #24 Art Donovan - 1957 Topps football card #65
Joe Childress - 1957 Topps football card #100 Ken Keller - 1957 Topps football card #111 Stan Jones - 1957 Topps football card #96 Walt Michaels - 1957 Topps football card #102 Ray Renfro - 1957 Topps football card #76 Harlon Hill - 1957 Topps football card #67 Chuck Bednarik - 1957 Topps football card #49
Paul Miller - 1957 Topps football card #120 Bob Toneff - 1957 Topps football card #148 Lenny Moore - 1957 Topps football card #128 Jerry Tubbs - 1957 Topps football card #125 Lou Groza - 1957 Topps football card #28 Bert Rechichar - 1957 Topps football card #41 Leo Nomellini - 1957 Topps football card #6
Bill Svoboda - 1957 Topps football card #153 Lindon Crow - 1957 Topps football card #91 Buck Lansford - 1957 Topps football card #90 Larry Strickland - 1957 Topps football card #105 Rick Casares - 1957 Topps football card #55 Tom Scott - 1957 Topps football card #25 Dave Mann - 1957 Topps football card #50
Fred Cone - 1957 Topps football card #107 Jim Cason - 1957 Topps football card #143 Dick Moegle - 1957 Topps football card #116 Bill Wightkin - 1957 Topps football card #130 George Blanda - 1957 Topps football card #31 Bob St. Clair - 1957 Topps football card #18 Bill Wade - 1957 Topps football card #34
Ernie Stautner - 1957 Topps football card #92 Ray Wietecha - 1957 Topps football card #122 Chuck Ulrich - 1957 Topps football card #136 Eddie Bell - 1957 Topps football card #99 Bob Pellegrini - 1957 Topps football card #73 Dick Lane - 1957 Topps football card #85 Andy Robustelli - 1957 Topps football card #71
Joe Scudero - 1957 Topps football card #98 Jim Ridlon - 1957 Topps football card #139 Bud McFadin - 1957 Topps football card #108 Jimmy Harris - 1957 Topps football card #135 Bobby Walston - 1957 Topps football card #61 Les Richter - 1957 Topps football card #10 Torgy Torgeson - 1957 Topps football card #12
Ed Modzelewski - 1957 Topps football card #127 Ted Marchibroda - 1957 Topps football card #113 Ken MacAfee - 1957 Topps football card #144 Paul Larson - 1957 Topps football card #146 Leo Sanford - 1957 Topps football card #74 Kyle Rote - 1957 Topps football card #59 Sid Watson - 1957 Topps football card #75

The following table shows the numbers of the cards in the partial sheet above.

140 93 101 117 43 39 3
103 110 131 142 45 80 36
124 149 114 126 4 52 79
129 138 134 150 32 24 65
100 111 96 102 76 67 49
120 148 128 125 28 41 6
153 91 90 105 55 25 50
107 143 116 130 31 18 34
92 122 136 99 73 85 71
98 139 108 135 61 10 12
127 113 144 146 74 59 75

I have collected other bits and pieces of the 1957 Topps sheet, also, and eventually I hope to use them to assemble the entire sheet. Here's a picture of a six-card panel from my buddy Joe. The three cards on the left also appear in the rightmost column of the uncut partial sheet above. I believe that that column was repeated on the second half-sheet, so this six-card panel could have been part of either half-sheet.

1957 Topps football card salesman's sample

This is how the panel looks with the lefthand column filled out:

Mike McCormack - 1957 Topps football card #3
Leo Elter - 1957 Topps football card #36
J.C. Caroline - 1957 Topps football card #79
Art Donovan - 1957 Topps football card #65 Gordon Soltau - 1957 Topps football card #54
Chuck Bednarik - 1957 Topps football card #49 Pat Summerall - 1957 Topps football card #14
Leo Nomellini - 1957 Topps football card #6 Will Sherman - 1957 Topps football card #58
Dave Mann - 1957 Topps football card #50
Bill Wade - 1957 Topps football card #34
Andy Robustelli - 1957 Topps football card #71
Torgy Torgeson - 1957 Topps football card #12
Sid Watson - 1957 Topps football card #75

This is a nine-card salesman's sample that appeared in a recent eBay auction. I presume that this sample matched another section of the full sheet.

1957 Topps football card salesman's sample

The three cards in the rightmost column of the sample also appear in a column of the larger section of sheet above, so I assume that the two columns matched. Filling out the column gives us this additional section of the full sheet:

Ed Brown - 1957 Topps football card #43
Gary Knafelc - 1957 Topps football card #45
Lou Baldacci - 1957 Topps football card #4
Bobby Layne - 1957 Topps football card #32
Ray Renfro - 1957 Topps football card #76
Lou Groza - 1957 Topps football card #28
Don Chandler - 1957 Topps football card #23 Bobby Dillon - 1957 Topps football card #9 Rick Casares - 1957 Topps football card #55
Volney Peters - 1957 Topps football card #84 Lou Creekmur - 1957 Topps football card #20 George Blanda - 1957 Topps football card #31
Al Carmichael - 1957 Topps football card #57 Sam Baker - 1957 Topps football card #72 Bob Pellegrini - 1957 Topps football card #73
Bobby Walston - 1957 Topps football card #61
Leo Sanford - 1957 Topps football card #74

I have found a few smaller pieces to the puzzle, as well. First, here is a three-card panel from a 2008 auction:

1957 Topps football card salesman's sample

Next, the first Dick Bielski card below has a slice of Elroy Hirsch's card on the left. The other has a sliver of Gene Brito's card on the top.

miscut 1957 Topps Dick Bielski football cardmiscut 1957 Topps Dick Bielski football card

Next, the Ray Krouse card below shows a bit of Tank Younger's card on the top. The Ray Mathews card shows a bit of Pete Brewster's card on the right.

miscut 1957 Topps Ray Krouse football cardmiscut 1957 Topps Ray Mathews football card

Next, this Gino Marchetti card has a sliver of Clyde Conner's card on the right.

miscut 1957 Topps Gino Marchetti football card

Finally, the back of the Fran Rogel card below shows that Royce Womble's card was beneath it. The back of the Paul Hornung card shows that Sid Youngelman's card was beneath it.

miscut 1957 Topps Paul Hornung football card backmiscut 1957 Topps Paul Hornung football card back

This is how the corresponding pieces of the uncut sheet looked:

Carl Taseff - 1957 Topps football card #77
Ron Waller - 1957 Topps football card #82
Yale Lary - 1957 Topps football card #68

Gene Brito - 1957 Topps football card #48
Elroy Hirsch - 1957 Topps football card #46 Dick Bielski - 1957 Topps football card #13

Gino Marchetti - 1957 Topps football card #5 Clyde Conner - 1957 Topps football card #78

Tank Younger - 1957 Topps football card #152
Ray Krouse - 1957 Topps football card #141

Ray Mathews - 1957 Topps football card #63 Pete Brewster - 1957 Topps football card #40

Fran Rogel - 1957 Topps football card #27
Royce Womble - 1957 Topps football card #86

Paul Hornung - 1957 Topps football card #151
Sid Youngelman - 1957 Topps football card #145

This is how the pieces were numbered:

3
36
79
65 54
49 14
6 58
50
34
71
12
75

43
45
4
32
76
28
23 9 55
84 20 31
57 72 73
61
74

77
82
68

48
46 13

5 78

152
141

63 40

27
86

151
145

If you are familiar with the 1957 Topps set, you probably noticed that the partial sheet at the top contains both low- and high-numbered cards. From this I infer that the 1957 Topps set was released in one series, not two. Beckett says that the set was released in two series, cards 1-88 and cards 89-154, and that some of the second series cards are double prints. I have always been skeptical of this, because if the second series indeed contained 66 cards, it would have fit an even four times on a 264-card sheet, with no double prints.

Of the 154 cards in the 1957 set, I suspect that 110 appeared twice on the full 264-card sheet, and 44 appeared once. Those 44 cards are thus short prints.

The numbering of the cards on the partial sheets appears to be random, except that each 11-card column contains either low-numbered cards (88 and below) or high-numbered cards (89 and above). If the 1957 Topps sheet follows the pattern of later Topps sheets, some of the columns were repeated to fill the sheet. Judging by PSA's population report, my guess is that all eight of the columns of low-numbered cards appeared twice on the sheet, and two of the columns of high-numbered cards also appeared twice. Four columns of high-numbered cards appeared only once; these columns held the 44 short prints.

The 1957 Topps set also includes an unnumbered checklist. It is rare compared to the numbered cards in the set, so perhaps it was printed separately. If it was part of the sheet, perhaps it took the place of a card that would have appeared twice on the sheet.

For general information on uncut sheets of vintage football cards, see my blog article, U is for Uncut Sheets. Also see my other virtual uncut sheets, listed in the left column of this page.

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