Uncut Sheets of 1959 Topps Football Cards
An uncut 132-card sheet of second series 1959 Topps football cards (cards with numbers ranging from 89 to 176) appeared in a 2009 internet auction. Below is a virtual version of the uncut sheet. If you hold your cursor above a card, 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.
This sheet was originally half of a 264-card full sheet configured like this 1966 Topps baseball card sheet. You can see on the baseball card sheet that the top eight rows (88 cards) on the left half of the sheet are repeated twice more on the full sheet. On the 132-card half-sheet below, the bottom four rows are the same as the top four rows. On the other 132-card half-sheet, the other four rows would have been repeated.
According to PSA's population report, the cards least often graded mint on this sheet are Bruce Bosley, Junior Wren, Dan Currie, Lindon Crow, Jim Schrader, Yale Lary, Rick Casares, Bill Wade, Jim Ray Smith, Chuck Weber, Gern Nagler, Art Hunter, and Zeke Bratkowski. At the time of this writing, there were 6 or fewer of each of these cards graded PSA 9 or 10. Wade, Smith, and Schrader are on the corners of the sheet, and except for Nagler and Hunter, the remaining cards are on the edges. Nagler, Bratkowski, and Wren all appear in row 5, which would have be the top row on the matching sheet.
The Tom Tracy card, a common that the price guides value higher because it is the last card in the set, is actually more common in mint condition than nearly all of the cards on the sides of the sheet. Supposedly the last card of a set was susceptible to damage (rubber band marks, for example) from being on the bottom of kids' stacks of cards. In reality, though, it appears that a card's position on the sheet affects its scarcity more than its being the last card in the set.
The following table shows how the cards were arranged by number on the sheet. The cards in green are the scarcest in this series in high grade.
I have not seen a first series 1959 Topps uncut sheet, but I do have some badly miscut cards that show what bits of the first series sheet looked like. Here they are:
- The Colts pennant with a bit of Bob St. Clair on the left
- Bart Starr with a little of Ernie Stautner on the bottom
- Raymond Berry with a sliver of Kyle Rote on the left
- Frank Gifford with a bit of Woodley Lewis on the left
- Sam Huff, card #51, with a bit of Charley Conerly, card #65, on the left
- Jim Ringo, card #75, with a bit of Ray Mathews, card #11, on the right.
- Jack Butler, card #22, with a sliver of the Los Angeles Rams team card, #76, on the right.
- The Los Angeles Rams team card, #76, with a sliver of the Green Bay Packers team card, #46, on the right.
- John Henry Johnson, card #44, with a bit of Gene Brito, card #2, on the left.
- Walt Michaels, card #26, with a sliver of Leo Nomellini
- Bill Barnes, card #25, with a bit of Clyde Conner, card #27 on the left
- Another Bill Barnes, this one with a sliver of Leo Nomellini on the right
- The back of the Steelers Pennant card, #9, with a sliver of the Browns Pennant card, #38, on the right. (On the front of the sheet, the Browns Pennant would have been on the left.)
Here are the corresponding bits of uncut sheet:
And here is how the cards are numbered:
If you encounter other badly miscut first series cards, please send me an email.
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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