Uncut Sheets of 1963 Topps Football Cards

The pictures below show the approximate configuration of uncut sheets of 1963 Topps football cards. I believe that all of the player cards are in the correct places, but the order of the team cards and checklists within their rows is almost certainly incorrect, because I guessed at it. If I find a few checklists and team cards (or surrounding cards) that are badly miscut, I can put them in the correct order.

1960s Topps cards were printed on 264-card full sheets. Placed side-by-side, the two 132-card half-sheets pictured below made a full sheet. There are 170 cards in the 1963 Topps football card set, so 94 of the cards were printed twice on the full sheet, and 76 were printed once. These 76 cards are thus short prints.

Here are the observations and assumptions I made when creating the sheets:

In the sheets 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 would not appear on an uncut sheet; they are an effect of scanning the cards individually.

Sheet Configuration

I believe this is how the two halves of a full 264-card sheet were configured, except for the order of the checklists and team cards within their rows.

John Brodie - 1963 Topps football card #134 J.D. Smith - 1963 Topps football card #135 Bill Kilmer - 1963 Topps football card #136 Bernie Casey - 1963 Topps football card #137 Tommy Davis - 1963 Topps football card #138 Ted Connolly - 1963 Topps football card #139 Bob St. Clair - 1963 Topps football card #140 Abe Woodson - 1963 Topps football card #141 Matt Hazeltine - 1963 Topps football card #142 Leo Nomellini - 1963 Topps football card #143 Dan Colchico - 1963 Topps football card #144
John Unitas - 1963 Topps football card #1 Lenny Moore - 1963 Topps football card #2 Jimmy Orr - 1963 Topps football card #3 Raymond Berry - 1963 Topps football card #4 Jim Parker - 1963 Topps football card #5 Alex Sandusky - 1963 Topps football card #6 Dick Szymanski - 1963 Topps football card #7 Gino Marchetti - 1963 Topps football card #8 Billy Ray Smith - 1963 Topps football card #9 Bill Pellington - 1963 Topps football card #10 Bob Boyd - 1963 Topps football card #11
Fran Tarkenton - 1963 Topps football card #98 Tommy Mason - 1963 Topps football card #99 Mel Triplett - 1963 Topps football card #100 Jerry Reichow - 1963 Topps football card #101 Frank Youso - 1963 Topps football card #102 Hugh McElhenny - 1963 Topps football card #103 Gerry Huth - 1963 Topps football card #104 Ed Sharockman - 1963 Topps football card #105 Rip Hawkins - 1963 Topps football card #106 Jim Marshall - 1963 Topps football card #107 Jim Prestel - 1963 Topps football card #108
Bart Starr - 1963 Topps football card #86 Jim Taylor - 1963 Topps football card #87 Boyd Dowler - 1963 Topps football card #88 Forrest Gregg - 1963 Topps football card #89 Fuzzy Thurston - 1963 Topps football card #90 Jim Ringo - 1963 Topps football card #91 Ron Kramer - 1963 Topps football card #92 Henry Jordan - 1963 Topps football card #93 Bill Forester - 1963 Topps football card #94 Willie Wood - 1963 Topps football card #95 Ray Nitschke - 1963 Topps football card #96
Roman Gabriel - 1963 Topps football card #37 Zeke Bratkowski - 1963 Topps football card #38 Dick Bass - 1963 Topps football card #39 Jon Arnett - 1963 Topps football card #40 Jim Phillips - 1963 Topps football card #41 Frank Varrichione - 1963 Topps football card #42 Danny Villanueva - 1963 Topps football card #43 Deacon Jones - 1963 Topps football card #44 Lindon Crow - 1963 Topps football card #45 Marlin McKeever - 1963 Topps football card #46 Ed Meador - 1963 Topps football card #47
Milt Plum - 1963 Topps football card #25 Dan Lewis - 1963 Topps football card #26 Nick Pietrosante - 1963 Topps football card #27 Gail Cogdill - 1963 Topps football card #28 Harley Sewell - 1963 Topps football card #29 Jim Gibbons - 1963 Topps football card #30 Carl Brettschneider - 1963 Topps football card #31 Dick Lane - 1963 Topps football card #32 Yale Lary - 1963 Topps football card #33 Roger Brown - 1963 Topps football card #34 Joe Schmidt - 1963 Topps football card #35
Bill Wade - 1963 Topps football card #61 Mike Ditka - 1963 Topps football card #62 Johnny Morris - 1963 Topps football card #63 Roger LeClerc - 1963 Topps football card #64 Roger Davis - 1963 Topps football card #65 Joe Marconi - 1963 Topps football card #66 Herman Lee - 1963 Topps football card #67 Doug Atkins - 1963 Topps football card #68 Joe Fortunato - 1963 Topps football card #69 Bill George - 1963 Topps football card #70 Richie Petitbon - 1963 Topps football card #71
Charley Johnson - 1963 Topps football card #146 John David Crow - 1963 Topps football card #147 Bobby Joe Conrad - 1963 Topps football card #148 Sonny Randle - 1963 Topps football card #149 Prentice Gautt - 1963 Topps football card #150 Taz Anderson - 1963 Topps football card #151 Ernie McMillan - 1963 Topps football card #152 Jimmy Hill - 1963 Topps football card #153 Bill Koman - 1963 Topps football card #154 Larry Wilson - 1963 Topps football card #155 Don Owens - 1963 Topps football card #156
Y.A. Tittle - 1963 Topps football card #49 Del Shofner - 1963 Topps football card #50 Alex Webster - 1963 Topps football card #51 Phil King - 1963 Topps football card #52 Jack Stroud - 1963 Topps football card #53 Darrell Dess - 1963 Topps football card #54 Jim Katcavage - 1963 Topps football card #55 Roosevelt Grier - 1963 Topps football card #56 Erich Barnes - 1963 Topps football card #57 Jim Patton - 1963 Topps football card #58 Sam Huff - 1963 Topps football card #59
Eddie LeBaron - 1963 Topps football card #73 Don Meredith - 1963 Topps football card #74 Don Perkins - 1963 Topps football card #75 Amos Marsh - 1963 Topps football card #76 Bill Howton - 1963 Topps football card #77 Andy Cvercko - 1963 Topps football card #78 Sam Baker - 1963 Topps football card #79 Jerry Tubbs - 1963 Topps football card #80 Don Bishop - 1963 Topps football card #81 Bob Lilly - 1963 Topps football card #82 Jerry Norton - 1963 Topps football card #83
Norm Snead - 1963 Topps football card #158 Bobby Mitchell - 1963 Topps football card #159 Bill Barnes - 1963 Topps football card #160 Fred Dugan - 1963 Topps football card #161 Don Bosseler - 1963 Topps football card #162 John Nisby - 1963 Topps football card #163 Riley Mattson - 1963 Topps football card #164 Bob Toneff - 1963 Topps football card #165 Rod Breedlove - 1963 Topps football card #166 Dick James - 1963 Topps football card #167 Claude Crabb - 1963 Topps football card #168
Frank Ryan - 1963 Topps football card #13 Jim Brown - 1963 Topps football card #14 Ray Renfro - 1963 Topps football card #15 Rich Kreitling - 1963 Topps football card #16 Mike McCormack - 1963 Topps football card #17 Jim Ray Smith - 1963 Topps football card #18 Lou Groza - 1963 Topps football card #19 Bill Glass - 1963 Topps football card #20 Galen Fiss - 1963 Topps football card #21 Don Fleming - 1963 Topps football card #22 Bob Gain - 1963 Topps football card #23

Sonny Jurgensen - 1963 Topps football card #110 Timmy Brown - 1963 Topps football card #111 Tommy McDonald - 1963 Topps football card #112 Clarence Peaks - 1963 Topps football card #113 Pete Retzlaff - 1963 Topps football card #114 Jim Schrader - 1963 Topps football card #115 Jim McCusker - 1963 Topps football card #116 Don Burroughs - 1963 Topps football card #117 Maxie Baughan - 1963 Topps football card #118 Riley Gunnels - 1963 Topps football card #119 Jimmy Carr - 1963 Topps football card #120
Ed Brown - 1963 Topps football card #122 John Henry Johnson - 1963 Topps football card #123 Buddy Dial - 1963 Topps football card #124 Red Mack - 1963 Topps football card #125 Preston Carpenter - 1963 Topps football card #126 Ray Lemek - 1963 Topps football card #127 Buzz Nutter - 1963 Topps football card #128 Ernie Stautner - 1963 Topps football card #129 Lou Michaels - 1963 Topps football card #130 Clendon Thomas - 1963 Topps football card #131 Tom Bettis - 1963 Topps football card #132
San Francisco 49ers Team - 1963 Topps football card #145 Baltimore Colts Team - 1963 Topps football card #12 Minnesota Vikings Team - 1963 Topps football card #109 Green Bay Packers Team - 1963 Topps football card #97 Los Angeles Rams Team - 1963 Topps football card #48 Detroit Lions Team - 1963 Topps football card #36 Chicago Bears Team - 1963 Topps football card #72 St. Louis Cardinals Team - 1963 Topps football card #157 New York Giants Team - 1963 Topps football card #60 Dallas Cowboys Team - 1963 Topps football card #84 Washington Redskins Team - 1963 Topps football card #169
Cleveland Browns Team - 1963 Topps football card #24 Philadelphia Eagles Team - 1963 Topps football card #121 Checklist  - 1963 Topps football card #85 Checklist  - 1963 Topps football card #170 Pittsburgh Steelers Team - 1963 Topps football card #133 New York Giants Team - 1963 Topps football card #60 Green Bay Packers Team - 1963 Topps football card #97 Minnesota Vikings Team - 1963 Topps football card #109 Checklist  - 1963 Topps football card #85 Checklist  - 1963 Topps football card #170 Los Angeles Rams Team - 1963 Topps football card #48
John Brodie - 1963 Topps football card #134 J.D. Smith - 1963 Topps football card #135 Bill Kilmer - 1963 Topps football card #136 Bernie Casey - 1963 Topps football card #137 Tommy Davis - 1963 Topps football card #138 Ted Connolly - 1963 Topps football card #139 Bob St. Clair - 1963 Topps football card #140 Abe Woodson - 1963 Topps football card #141 Matt Hazeltine - 1963 Topps football card #142 Leo Nomellini - 1963 Topps football card #143 Dan Colchico - 1963 Topps football card #144
John Unitas - 1963 Topps football card #1 Lenny Moore - 1963 Topps football card #2 Jimmy Orr - 1963 Topps football card #3 Raymond Berry - 1963 Topps football card #4 Jim Parker - 1963 Topps football card #5 Alex Sandusky - 1963 Topps football card #6 Dick Szymanski - 1963 Topps football card #7 Gino Marchetti - 1963 Topps football card #8 Billy Ray Smith - 1963 Topps football card #9 Bill Pellington - 1963 Topps football card #10 Bob Boyd - 1963 Topps football card #11
Fran Tarkenton - 1963 Topps football card #98 Tommy Mason - 1963 Topps football card #99 Mel Triplett - 1963 Topps football card #100 Jerry Reichow - 1963 Topps football card #101 Frank Youso - 1963 Topps football card #102 Hugh McElhenny - 1963 Topps football card #103 Gerry Huth - 1963 Topps football card #104 Ed Sharockman - 1963 Topps football card #105 Rip Hawkins - 1963 Topps football card #106 Jim Marshall - 1963 Topps football card #107 Jim Prestel - 1963 Topps football card #108
Bart Starr - 1963 Topps football card #86 Jim Taylor - 1963 Topps football card #87 Boyd Dowler - 1963 Topps football card #88 Forrest Gregg - 1963 Topps football card #89 Fuzzy Thurston - 1963 Topps football card #90 Jim Ringo - 1963 Topps football card #91 Ron Kramer - 1963 Topps football card #92 Henry Jordan - 1963 Topps football card #93 Bill Forester - 1963 Topps football card #94 Willie Wood - 1963 Topps football card #95 Ray Nitschke - 1963 Topps football card #96
Roman Gabriel - 1963 Topps football card #37 Zeke Bratkowski - 1963 Topps football card #38 Dick Bass - 1963 Topps football card #39 Jon Arnett - 1963 Topps football card #40 Jim Phillips - 1963 Topps football card #41 Frank Varrichione - 1963 Topps football card #42 Danny Villanueva - 1963 Topps football card #43 Deacon Jones - 1963 Topps football card #44 Lindon Crow - 1963 Topps football card #45 Marlin McKeever - 1963 Topps football card #46 Ed Meador - 1963 Topps football card #47
Milt Plum - 1963 Topps football card #25 Dan Lewis - 1963 Topps football card #26 Nick Pietrosante - 1963 Topps football card #27 Gail Cogdill - 1963 Topps football card #28 Harley Sewell - 1963 Topps football card #29 Jim Gibbons - 1963 Topps football card #30 Carl Brettschneider - 1963 Topps football card #31 Dick Lane - 1963 Topps football card #32 Yale Lary - 1963 Topps football card #33 Roger Brown - 1963 Topps football card #34 Joe Schmidt - 1963 Topps football card #35
Bill Wade - 1963 Topps football card #61 Mike Ditka - 1963 Topps football card #62 Johnny Morris - 1963 Topps football card #63 Roger LeClerc - 1963 Topps football card #64 Roger Davis - 1963 Topps football card #65 Joe Marconi - 1963 Topps football card #66 Herman Lee - 1963 Topps football card #67 Doug Atkins - 1963 Topps football card #68 Joe Fortunato - 1963 Topps football card #69 Bill George - 1963 Topps football card #70 Richie Petitbon - 1963 Topps football card #71
Charley Johnson - 1963 Topps football card #146 John David Crow - 1963 Topps football card #147 Bobby Joe Conrad - 1963 Topps football card #148 Sonny Randle - 1963 Topps football card #149 Prentice Gautt - 1963 Topps football card #150 Taz Anderson - 1963 Topps football card #151 Ernie McMillan - 1963 Topps football card #152 Jimmy Hill - 1963 Topps football card #153 Bill Koman - 1963 Topps football card #154 Larry Wilson - 1963 Topps football card #155 Don Owens - 1963 Topps football card #156

Sheet Numbering

These tables show the numbering of the cards on the sheets above. The cells in green represent the ten cards with the fewest examples graded PSA 8 or above, according to PSA's population report. (Card #61 appears on both sheets.) Cards 24 and 145 are team cards, but I don't know the order of the team cards within their rows. Because cards 24 and 145 are scarce in high grades, my guess is that they were edge cards.

134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108
86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96
37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47
25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35
61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71
146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 156
49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59
73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83
158 159 160 161 162 163 164 165 166 167 168
13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120
122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132
145 12 109 97 48 36 72 157 60 84 169
24 121 85 170 133 60 97 109 85 170 48
134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108
86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96
37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47
25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35
61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71
146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 156

Clues from Miscut Cards

Following are a few miscut cards that support the sheet configurations above.

Here is a John Brodie card with a strip of white at the top and a Charley Johnson card with a strip of white on the bottom. This indicates that the Brodie was at the top of a sheet, and Johnson was at the bottom of a sheet.

Miscut 1963 Topps John Brodie football card Miscut 1963 Topps Charley Johnson football card

The back of a miscut Billy Ray Smith, card #9, shows a bit of Gino Marchetti, card #8, on the right. From the front, Marchetti would be on the left. The Smith card provides evidence that the player cards are in numerical order within their row.

Back of Miscut 1963 Topps Billy Ray Smith football card Back of 1963 Topps Gino Marchetti football card

This miscut Tom Bettis card has a bit of green at the top from the card of a Philadelphia Eagle. The Ed Brown card has a bit of yellow on the bottom from a team card. This puts the row of Steelers between the row of Eagles and a row of team cards and checklists. Also, the card below Ed Brown has to be one of the eight team cards with a yellow background.

Miscut 1963 Topps Tom Bettis football card Miscut 1963 Topps Ed Brown football card

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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