Uncut Sheets of 1964 Philadelphia Football Cards
The picture below shows the configuration of an uncut 132-card half-sheet of 1964 Philadelphia football cards. I modeled it after a picture of a real uncut sheet that appeared in an online auction. There are 198 cards in the 1964 Philadelphia set, so I believe that the other half-sheet contained the remaining 66 cards in the set, plus 66 duplicates, or double prints. The double prints are not documented in the price guides.
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. (A real uncut sheet would not have black lines between the cards--that is an effect of scanning them individually.)
The following table shows how the cards were arranged by number on the sheet.
I have also seen a picture of an advertisement that shows part of a 1964 Philadelphia sheet. You can see that the six cards on the left half of the ad are in the upper right corner of the half-sheet above. From this I infer that the six cards on the right half of the ad were in the upper left corner of the other half sheet.
Going by the ad, we have this start on the second half-sheet:
And this is how the cards on the panel above are numbered:
Finally, you can barely make it out, but the back of this Yale Lary card shows a wee bit of Y.A. Tittle's card on the bottom.
This is how the Lary and Tittle cards looked together on the sheet:
And this is how they were numbered:
As I said at the top of the page, I believe that 66 cards on the right half-sheet are duplicates, or double prints. Assuming that the sheet follows the pattern of other uncut sheets, this means that six rows on the right half-sheet are repeats of other rows. I have not studied the grading companies' population reports for 1964 Philadelphia cards, but my guess is that the repeated rows are the top two rows of the left half-sheet, rows 7 and 8 of the left half-sheet, and the top two rows of the right half-sheet. I have handled a lot of cards from this set, and it seems to me that the cards in those rows are significantly easier to find than the cards in the other rows.
In the diagram above, you can see that groups of five to ten teammates appear together in the same row. Perhaps this caused a collation problem, where a lot of teammates ended up together in packs. Philadelphia changed to a more random-appearing order on their 1965 sheets, and they retained that order in 1966 and 1967.
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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