Uncut Sheet of 1958 Topps Football Cards
The picture below shows how an uncut sheet of 1958 Topps football cards was configured. As a model, I used a photo of a real uncut sheet of 1958 Topps football cards that recently appeared in an internet auction. If you hold your cursor above a card below, 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 132-card sheet in the auction holds a complete set of 1958 Topps cards. It was originally half of a 264-card full sheet like this 1966 Topps baseball card sheet. I assume that the configuration of the other half was identical.
According to the PSA population report, the cards in this set with fewest examples graded PSA 8 or higher are Dick Stanfel, Ray Renfro, Ted Marchibroda, John Henry Johnson, Larry Strickland, Matt Hazeltine, Walt Yowarsky, and Tom Wilson. All eight of these cards are on either the left or right edge of the sheet, again providing evidence that a card's position on the sheet affects its scarcity. Cards on the edges of the sheets tend to have been damaged in production more often than cards in the interior.
The following table shows how the cards were arranged by number on the sheet. Topps probably used this seemingly random placement so that the cards would appear to be randomly distributed in packs, even if they were packaged in order by row or column. (Thanks, John F., for the suggestion.)
The Jim Podoley and R.C. Owens cards in this set picture the wrong player; for more details, see my Mistaken Identities page. I also noticed, when putting the virtual sheet together, that all of the team cards are in the top half of the sheet. I can't think of why Topps would have put them all in the top half; perhaps it was for no reason at all. I also noticed that the Packers team card is the only one with the logo in the upper right corner of the card. All of the other team cards have the logo in the upper left. I assume that the placement of the logo on the Packers card was a minor mistake.
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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