Uncut Sheets of 1969 Topps Football Cards
Below are two virtual uncut 132-card sheets of 1969 Topps football cards, one for each series. 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.)
There are 264 cards in the 1969 Topps set, 132 in each series. The cards are numbered from 1 to 263, and there are two versions of card number 132, the second series checklist. Card 132A came in the first series, and like the other first series cards, it has no border. Card 132B came in the second series, and it has a white border. I imagine that Topps included a second series checklist with the first series to entice kids to buy second series cards later.Full sheets, such as this 1966 Topps baseball card sheet, contain 264 standard-sized cards. Each of two 1969 Topps football card sheets shown here was half of a full 264-card sheet, and I presume the other half was identical.
You can see on the sheets that the checklists are inverted compared to the other cards in their rows. This way the white headers of the checklists aligned with the white footers of the other cards, and the cards' colored backgrounds also aligned.
Every other row of cards is inverted, as well. On the first series sheet this created large blocks of solid color, but on the second series sheet the blocks of color were divided by the cards' white borders. On the first series sheet the blocks of solid color made sense, because the absence of lines between the cards made off-centering less obvious. On the second series sheet the inverted cards make less sense to me, but perhaps Topps just printed them that way because they printed the first series that way.
Series 1 Sheet
Series 2 Sheet
Compared to the second series, first series cards are easier to find in high grade. The first series cards show wear easily on their colored edges, but the second series cards are often off-center. I have also seen a lot of second series cards with gray shadows on them from the adjacent cards in the pack. The numbered football on the back of one card often left an imprint on the front of the next card.
The following tables show how the cards were arranged by number on the sheet. As I said on the other virtual sheet pages, perhaps this was so the cards would appear to be randomly distributed in packs, even if they were packaged in order by row or column.
Series 1 Sheet Numbering
Series 2 Sheet Numbering
The backs of the cards marked in green on the second series sheet were pieces to a Fran Tarkenton puzzle.
You can see on the Series 1 sheet that the Jim Turner card is numbered 29A. That's one variation of the card; it has a red dot between NEW YORK JETS and KICKER. The other variation has a yellow dot. No card authority I know of recognizes the variations, but I call them 29A and 29B. I have not seen a yellow dot on any other cards in the set.
At the time of this writing, there were ten cards in this set with forty or fewer examples graded PSA 8 or better. The ten cards are 3, 132B, 133, 135, 154, 165, 167, 178, 208, and 245. Each of these cards is on either the left edge or the right edge of the sheet, demonstrating again that a card's position on the sheet affects its scarcity.
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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