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. I believe that each full 1965 Topps sheet contained a complete set of 176 cards, plus 22 repeats--or double prints--for a total of 198 cards. The popular price guides say that there are 132 double prints in the set, but I believe that the price 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.)
The 198-card full sheet was divided into two half-sheets, each containing 9 rows of 11 cards. This diagram shows the configuration of one half-sheet; it is modeled after a picture of a real half-sheet that a reader sent me. If you collect the 1965 Topps set, you will notice that the cards along the bottom are some of the toughest cards to find in high grades.
This table shows how the cards in the half sheet are numbered. The first and eighth rows, marked in green, are identical, so the cards in these rows are double prints.
This picture shows a section of the other half of the full sheet. I modeled it after a picture of a partial sheet from an old Mastro Auctions catalog.
This is how the section is numbered. The cards in the bottom row, marked in green, are relatively easy to find, so I am guessing that this row appeared twice on this half sheet.
In addition to the partial sheet above, I have found a miscut Fred Williamson card whose back shows that Mel Branch's card was beneath it. From this I got another bit of the second half-sheet.
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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