Uncut Sheets of 1963 Topps Football Cards
The pictures below show how uncut sheets of 1963 Topps football cards were configured. 1960s Topps cards were printed on 264-card sheets, like this 1966 Topps baseball card sheet. The two 132-card half-sheets below, placed side-by-side, would have made a full sheet. Of the 170 cards in the 1963 Topps football card set, 94 of the cards were printed twice on the full sheet, and 76 were printed once. The set thus contains 76 short prints.
In the diagrams below, 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 image. The black lines between the cards did not appear on the real uncut sheets; they are an effect of scanning the cards individually.
The following diagram shows how the first half-sheet was configured. The diagram is based on a picture that a reader sent me of an actual half-sheet.
This is how the cards on the first half-sheet were numbered. The cells in green represent the cards with the fewest examples graded PSA 8 or better, according to PSA's population report. Most of the scarcest cards were along the edges of the sheet, where they were more likely to be damaged in production. The scarcest card, #122, Ed Brown, is along the left edge of this half-sheet, so my guess is that this half-sheet was on the left.
Assuming that the second half-sheet followed the numbering pattern of the first half-sheet, and assuming that the short prints listed in the price guides are correct, this diagram shows how the second half-sheet was configured.
This is how the second half-sheet was numbered. Again, the cards in green are among the scarcest in the set in high grades.
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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