Uncut Sheets of 1965 Topps Football Cards
The diagrams below show how three sections of an uncut sheet of 1965 Topps football cards were configured. For the first two diagrams I referred to a picture of a partial sheet on the Legendary Auctions web site and pictures of two partial sheets that my friend John found in an old Mastro Auctions catalog. I got the third, two-card section by looking at a badly miscut card.
I believe that each 1965 Topps sheet contained a complete set of 176 cards, plus 22 double prints, for a total of 198 cards. Each half-sheet contained 9 rows of 11 cards, like this half-sheet of 1970-71 Topps basketball "tallboys" on the Huggins and Scott Auctions web site. The popular price guides say that there are 132 double prints (or, in other words, 44 short prints) in the set, but I believe that the guides are incorrect.
In the figures 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 scan. (A real uncut sheet would not have black lines between the cards--that is an effect of scanning them individually.)
This picture shows the bottom section of what I believe is the left half of the full sheet. I combined the Legendary sheet with one of the others to get this larger section. If you collect the 1965 Topps set, you will notice that the bottom row contains some of the toughest cards to find in high grades.
This table shows how the cards in the partial sheet above are numbered. I don't see a pattern to the numbering, so I can't guess the cards in the missing parts of the sheet. The cards in the second row from the bottom, marked in green, are relatively easy to find, so I suspect that this row is one of two that were printed twice on the full sheet.
This picture shows a section of what I believe is the right half of the full sheet.
This is how the section is numbered. The cards in the bottom row, marked in green, are relatively easy to find, so I would guess that this is the second row that was printed twice on the full sheet.
...And One Last Bit
In addition to the partial sheets above, I have found a badly miscut Fred Williamson card whose back shows that Mel Branch's card was beneath it. Here is the bit of the uncut sheet that the two cards represent:
This is how the small bit of uncut sheet is numbered. If I find more miscut cards, these pieces will begin to fit together. If you find a miscut that you think will help, please email me a picture of it.
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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