Uncut Sheets of 1962 Topps Football Cards

There are 176 cards in the 1962 Topps football card set. The cards were printed on a 264-card sheet resembling this 1966 Topps baseball card sheet. The full set fit once on the sheet, with room for 88 of the cards to be printed a second time. The 88 that were printed once are short prints.

I have seen one half-sheet of 1962 Topps cards, and I have constructed a virtual version of it below. I have not seen the other half-sheet, but I am piecing it together by looking at uncut panels and badly miscut cards. You can see my progress at the bottom of this page.

First Half-Sheet

Below is a virtual uncut 132-card half-sheet of 1962 Topps football cards. It is modeled after an actual half-sheet that appeared in an online auction. 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.

Sam Huff - 1962 Topps football card #110 Tom Moore - 1962 Topps football card #65 Ernie Stautner - 1962 Topps football card #134 Dick Bass - 1962 Topps football card #80 Rich Kreitling - 1962 Topps football card #29 Dan Lewis - 1962 Topps football card #51 Bart Starr - 1962 Topps football card #63 Dick James - 1962 Topps football card #165 Sonny Randle - 1962 Topps football card #144 Yale Lary - 1962 Topps football card #56 Dallas Cowboys Team - 1962 Topps football card #49 Bob Gain - 1962 Topps football card #33
Jim Schrader - 1962 Topps football card #121 John David Crow - 1962 Topps football card #140 Green Bay Packers Team - 1962 Topps football card #75 Alex Hawkins - 1962 Topps football card #3 Tommy McDonald - 1962 Topps football card #116 John Reger - 1962 Topps football card #135 Lindon Crow - 1962 Topps football card #87 Doug Atkins - 1962 Topps football card #21 Cliff Livingston - 1962 Topps football card #99 Lou Michaels - 1962 Topps football card #132 Maxie Baughan - 1962 Topps football card #124 Matt Hazeltine - 1962 Topps football card #160
Detroit Lions Team - 1962 Topps football card #62 Zeke Bratkowski - 1962 Topps football card #77 Nick Pietrosante - 1962 Topps football card #52 Mel Triplett - 1962 Topps football card #93 Don Chandler - 1962 Topps football card #107 Willie Galimore - 1962 Topps football card #14 Bob Toneff - 1962 Topps football card #172 John Brodie - 1962 Topps football card #152 Ray Renfro - 1962 Topps football card #27 Angelo Coia - 1962 Topps football card #20 Andy Nelson - 1962 Topps football card #10 Jim Taylor - 1962 Topps football card #66
J.W. Lockett - 1962 Topps football card #40 Bill Wade - 1962 Topps football card #13 Ollie Matson - 1962 Topps football card #79 Paul Hornung - 1962 Topps football card #64 Bill Kilmer - 1962 Topps football card #151 Forrest Gregg - 1962 Topps football card #70 Abe Woodson - 1962 Topps football card #161 Gail Cogdill - 1962 Topps football card #53 Pete Retzlaff - 1962 Topps football card #120 Chicago Bears Team - 1962 Topps football card #25 Bobby Joe Conrad - 1962 Topps football card #141 Les Richter - 1962 Topps football card #86
Tom Gilburg - 1962 Topps football card #7 Bobby Plummer - 1962 Topps football card #48 Don Meredith - 1962 Topps football card #39 Prentice Gautt - 1962 Topps football card #142 Lou Groza - 1962 Topps football card #32 Bill Anderson - 1962 Topps football card #169 Darris McCord - 1962 Topps football card #57 Steve Myhra - 1962 Topps football card #6 Jerry Tubbs - 1962 Topps football card #45 Bernie Parrish - 1962 Topps football card #34 John Aveni - 1962 Topps football card #171 Raymond Berry - 1962 Topps football card #5
John Lomakoski - 1962 Topps football card #61 Los Angeles Rams Team - 1962 Topps football card #89 Mike Ditka - 1962 Topps football card #17 Don Bishop - 1962 Topps football card #46 Alex Karras - 1962 Topps football card #58 Monty Stickles - 1962 Topps football card #155 Jim Ray Smith - 1962 Topps football card #30 Danny Villanueva - 1962 Topps football card #85 Henry Jordan - 1962 Topps football card #72 Jerry Reichow - 1962 Topps football card #91 Fuzzy Thurston - 1962 Topps football card #69 Erich Barnes - 1962 Topps football card #111
Bob Ferguson - 1962 Topps football card #137 Fate Echols - 1962 Topps football card #149 Wendell Harris - 1962 Topps football card #11 Earl Gros - 1962 Topps football card #74 Fred Dugan - 1962 Topps football card #170 Jon Arnett - 1962 Topps football card #78 Gino Marchetti - 1962 Topps football card #8 Howard Cassady - 1962 Topps football card #26 St. Louis Cardinals Team - 1962 Topps football card #150 Jim Phillips - 1962 Topps football card #81 Buddy Dial - 1962 Topps football card #130 Bill Stacy - 1962 Topps football card #148
Roy Winston - 1962 Topps football card #100 Leroy Jackson - 1962 Topps football card #174 Roman Gabriel - 1962 Topps football card #88 Ernie Davis - 1962 Topps football card #36 Jim Ringo - 1962 Topps football card #68 Eddie LeBaron - 1962 Topps football card #38 Sam Horner - 1962 Topps football card #167 Dick Bielski - 1962 Topps football card #43 Lenny Moore - 1962 Topps football card #2 Washington Redskins Team - 1962 Topps football card #175 Tommy Davis - 1962 Topps football card #158 Bill Barnes - 1962 Topps football card #168
Pittsburgh Steelers Team - 1962 Topps football card #138 Ron Bull - 1962 Topps football card #24 Dave Middleton - 1962 Topps football card #95 Ted Dean - 1962 Topps football card #117 Johnny Morris - 1962 Topps football card #15 Bobby Layne - 1962 Topps football card #127 Dick Lane - 1962 Topps football card #60 Bob St. Clair - 1962 Topps football card #157 Jim Gibbons - 1962 Topps football card #54 Jerry Norton - 1962 Topps football card #146 Andy Robustelli - 1962 Topps football card #108 Philadelphia Eagles Team - 1962 Topps football card #126
Pete Case - 1962 Topps football card #125 Mike Mercer - 1962 Topps football card #97 Jerry Hillebrand - 1962 Topps football card #113 Minnesota Vikings Team - 1962 Topps football card #101 Mike Connelly - 1962 Topps football card #44 J.D. Smith - 1962 Topps football card #122 Rick Casares - 1962 Topps football card #16 Fran Tarkenton - 1962 Topps football card #90 C.R. Roberts - 1962 Topps football card #154 Y.A. Tittle - 1962 Topps football card #102 Stan Jones - 1962 Topps football card #18 Clarence Peaks - 1962 Topps football card #118
Myron Pottios - 1962 Topps football card #136 Norm Snead - 1962 Topps football card #164 Rip Hawkins - 1962 Topps football card #98 Tommy Mason - 1962 Topps football card #94 Tom Tracy - 1962 Topps football card #128 Hugh McElhenny - 1962 Topps football card #92 Jim Patton - 1962 Topps football card #112 Richie Petitbon - 1962 Topps football card #23 Frank Gifford - 1962 Topps football card #104 Don Perkins - 1962 Topps football card #41 Frank Varrichione - 1962 Topps football card #83 Checklist  - 1962 Topps football card #76

This is how the cards on the first half-sheet were numbered. The cards in green are the ones I believe are short prints.

110 65 134 80 29 51 63 165 144 56 49 33
121 140 75 3 116 135 87 21 99 132 124 160
62 77 52 93 107 14 172 152 27 20 10 66
40 13 79 64 151 70 161 53 120 25 141 86
7 48 39 142 32 169 57 6 45 34 171 5
61 89 17 46 58 155 30 85 72 91 69 111
137 149 11 74 170 78 8 26 150 81 130 148
100 174 88 36 68 38 167 43 2 175 158 168
138 24 95 117 15 127 60 157 54 146 108 126
125 97 113 101 44 122 16 90 154 102 18 118
136 164 98 94 128 92 112 23 104 41 83 76

According to the price guides, most of the cards in the leftmost four columns of the half-sheet above are short prints. I believe that, in fact, all of those 44 cards are short prints. The price guides also say that some of the 88 cards in the rightmost eight columns are short prints. I don't believe that any of them really are. From looking at other uncut sheets, I believe that the rightmost eight columns of this half-sheet were repeated on the other half-sheet, so none of the cards in those columns are short prints. Also, I believe that the 44 cards in the set that do not appear on the half-sheet above are short prints. The price guides, however, designate only a couple of those 44 cards as short prints.

Here are a few reasons why I believe the price guides have misidentified many of the short prints in this set:

My Beckett catalog says that the following cards are short prints, but I don't believe they are: 5 (Raymond Berry), 15, 27, 45, 63 (Bart Starr), 66 (Jim Taylor), 68 (Jim Ringo), 69, 72 (Henry Jordan), 76 (checklist), 78, 86, 90 (Fran Tarkenton), 91, 92 (Hugh McElhenny), 99, 120, 130, 132, 135, 141, 154, 171.

I believe that the following cards are short prints, but Beckett does not designate them as such: 1 (John Unitas), 4, 9, 12, 17 (Mike Ditka), 19, 22, 28 (Jim Brown), 31, 35, 37, 42, 47, 50, 55, 59 (Joe Schmidt), 71, 82, 84, 103, 105, 106, 109, 114, 115, 119, 123, 129 (John Henry Johnson), 131, 136, 139, 143, 145, 147, 153, 156, 159 (Leo Nomellini), 162, 163, 166 (Bobby Mitchell), 173, 176 (checklist).

My Beckett book says that there are 69 short prints in the set. If I subtract the 23 I believe are incorrect and add the 42 I think are missing, I get 88 total short prints. I am fairly sure about these, so I changed the short print designations for the 1962 Topps set in the Gallery.

Mucking things up further, the black borders of these cards show wear easily, so cards on the edges and corners of the sheet were even more susceptible than usual to damage in production. The cards in the interior of the sheet tend to be easier to find in high grades. (The cards above that I said are easiest to find in high grade--Tarkenton, Retzlaff, Conrad, Richter, and Reger--all appear in the interior of this half-sheet.) As I've said on my other uncut sheet pages, the price guides don't take the edge-vs.-interior factor into account when setting prices, either.

The bottom line: don't rely too much on your price guide for this set.

Second Half-Sheet

I can also piece together a few bits of the second half-sheet. The first clue to its layout is an 8-card panel that appeared in an eBay auction. Here is a virtual representation of that panel:

Joe Schmidt - 1962 Topps football card #59 John Henry Johnson - 1962 Topps football card #129
Frank Youso - 1962 Topps football card #96 Sam Etcheverry - 1962 Topps football card #139
J.D. Smith - 1962 Topps football card #153 Max McGee - 1962 Topps football card #67
Alex Webster - 1962 Topps football card #105 Clyde Conner - 1962 Topps football card #156

I have also found a few miscut cards that show parts of the cards next to them. First, one Jim Brown card shown here shows a piece of Preston Carpenter's card on the left, and the other shows a sliver of Bobby Walston's card on the right.

Miscut 1962 Topps Jim Brown football card Miscut 1962 Topps Jim Brown football card

Here is the bit of the second half-sheet that I can glean from these two cards.

Preston Carpenter - 1962 Topps football card #131 Jim Brown - 1962 Topps football card #28 Bobby Walston - 1962 Topps football card #119

Next, here are two San Francisco 49ers team cards, one with a bit of Bob St. Clair's card on the left, and one with a bit of Jim Shofner's card on the right. The St. Clair card also appears on the first half-sheet. Following the pattern I have seen on sheets from other Topps sets, I assume that the entire column in which the St. Clair card resides on the first half-sheet was repeated on the second half-sheet.

Miscut 1962 Topps San Francisco 49ers football card Miscut 1962 Topps San Francisco 49ers football card

Here are the 49ers team card and the cards adjacent to it:

Bob St. Clair - 1962 Topps football card #157 San Francisco 49ers Team - 1962 Topps football card #163 Jim Shofner - 1962 Topps football card #35

Next are a John Morrow card that shows a sliver of Boyd Dowler's card, and a Boyd Dowler card that shows a sliver of Roger LeClerc's card.

Miscut 1962 Topps John Morrow football card Miscut 1962 Topps Boyd Dowler football card

Here is the corresponding piece of uncut sheet:

John Morrow - 1962 Topps football card #31 Boyd Dowler - 1962 Topps football card #71 Roger LeClerc - 1962 Topps football card #19

Next, this checklist card shows a bit of Bill Forester's card on the right, and the John Unitas card has a sliver of the Forester card on the left.

Miscut 1962 Topps football card checklist 2 Miscut 1962 Topps John Unitas football card

The cards together looked like this:

Checklist  - 1962 Topps football card #176 Bill Forester - 1962 Topps football card #73 John Unitas - 1962 Topps football card #1

Next, the Bill George card shown here has a sliver of Dave Baker's card on the right, and the Frank Mestnik card shows a sliver of Alex Webster's card on the right.

Miscut 1962 Topps Bill George football cardMiscut 1962 Topps Frank Mestnik football card

Here are the corresponding bits of uncut sheet:

Bill George - 1962 Topps football card #22 Dave Baker - 1962 Topps football card #162
Frank Mestnik - 1962 Topps football card #143 Alex Webster - 1962 Topps football card #105

This Steve Myrha card has a sliver of Joe Walton's card on the right, and this Jimmy Hill card has a chunk of Bobby Mitchell's card on top.

Miscut 1962 Topps Steve Myhra football card Miscut 1962 Topps Jimmy Hill football card

Here are the corresponding bits of uncut sheet:

Steve Myhra - 1962 Topps football card #6 Joe Walton - 1962 Topps football card #103
Bobby Mitchell - 1962 Topps football card #166
Jimmy Hill - 1962 Topps football card #147

Finally, this Jim Katcavage card has a sliver of John Henry Johnson's card on the bottom.

Miscut 1962 Topps Jim Katcavage football card

Here is the corresponding piece of uncut sheet:

Jim Katcavage - 1962 Topps football card #109
John Henry Johnson - 1962 Topps football card #129

The following diagrams show how the pieces of the second half-sheet were arranged by number. I combined the pieces that had cards in common, and I also included the column containing Bob St. Clair's card from the first half sheet. As I find more miscut cards, I can piece more of the second half-sheet together.

109
59 129
96 139
153 67
143 105 156

131 28 119

165
21
152
53
6 103
85
26
43
157 163 35
90
23

22 162

31 71 19

176 73 1

166
147

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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