1956 Topps Football Cards

1956 Topps football card wrapperThere are 120 cards in the 1956 Topps set. It is the first football card set to include a checklist, and it is also the first to include team cards. All of the Washington Redskins and Chicago Cardinals cards are short prints; you can see why on my 1956 Topps virtual uncut sheet page.

See Nearmint's Blog for an overview of the 1950-1959 Topps sets. See the Legendary Auctions web site for pictures of a 1956 Topps 5-cent display box.

Rookie cards of Pro Football Hall of Famers in the 1956 Topps set: Joe Schmidt, Bill George, Roosevelt Brown, Lenny Moore, Stan Jones. Rookie cards of Heisman Trophy winners in the 1956 Topps set: Billy Vessels.

Image Set # Card Title/Players Pro Team Position College Honors Notes Grades available at Nearmint Sports Cards
1956 Topps Checklist 1956 Topps NNO Checklist Short print

The 1956 Topps set was the first football card set to include a checklist. The checklist is not numbered.
1956 Topps John Carson 1956 Topps 1 John Carson Washington Redskins end Georgia Short print PSA 6, PSA 4
1956 Topps Gordon Soltau 1956 Topps 2 Gordon Soltau San Francisco 49ers end, kicker Minnesota
1956 Topps Frank Varrichione 1956 Topps 3 Frank Varrichione Pittsburgh Steelers tackle Notre Dame Steelers Legends Team
1956 Topps Eddie Bell 1956 Topps 4 Eddie Bell Philadelphia Eagles defensive back Pennsylvania
1956 Topps Alex Webster 1956 Topps 5 Alex Webster New York Giants halfback North Carolina State Giants Ring of Honor 2011 Rookie card

Webster played for the Giants from 1955 to 1964.
1956 Topps Norm Van Brocklin 1956 Topps 6 Norm Van Brocklin Los Angeles Rams quarterback, coach Oregon College Hall of Fame 1966, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1971, Eagles Honor Roll 1987
1956 Topps Green Bay Packers Team 1956 Topps 7 Green Bay Packers Team Green Bay Packers This card pictures the 1955 Packers team. The team photo includes Deral Teteak, a member of the Packers Hall of Fame who never appeared on a card of his own.
1956 Topps Lou Creekmur 1956 Topps 8 Lou Creekmur Detroit Lions tackle William and Mary Pro Football Hall of Fame 1996
1956 Topps Lou Groza 1956 Topps 9 Lou Groza Cleveland Browns tackle, kicker Ohio State Pro Football Hall of Fame 1974, Browns Ring of Honor 2010
1956 Topps Tom Bienemann 1956 Topps 10 Tom Bienemann Chicago Cardinals end Drake Short print exmt, PSA 4
1956 Topps George Blanda 1956 Topps 11 George Blanda Chicago Bears quarterback, kicker Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame 1981 PSA 8
1956 Topps Alan Ameche 1956 Topps 12 Alan Ameche Baltimore Colts fullback Wisconsin Heisman Trophy 1954, College Hall of Fame 1975 Ameche placed sixth in voting for the Heisman Trophy in 1953, and he won it in 1954. See my page of football cards of Heisman candidates.
1956 Topps Vic Janowicz 1956 Topps 13 Vic Janowicz Washington Redskins halfback Ohio State Heisman Trophy 1950, College Hall of Fame 1976 Short print

Janowicz was inducted into the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame in 1987.
1956 Topps Dick Moegle 1956 Topps 14 Dick Moegle San Francisco 49ers defensive back Rice
1956 Topps Fran Rogel 1956 Topps 15 Fran Rogel Pittsburgh Steelers fullback Penn State nm+
1956 Topps Harold Giancanelli 1956 Topps 16 Harold Giancanelli Philadelphia Eagles halfback Loyola (L.A.) ex
1956 Topps Emlen Tunnell 1956 Topps 17 Emlen Tunnell New York Giants defensive back Iowa, Toledo Pro Football Hall of Fame 1967, Giants Ring of Honor 2010
1956 Topps Tank Younger 1956 Topps 18 Tank Younger Los Angeles Rams fullback Grambling College Hall of Fame 2000
1956 Topps Bill Howton 1956 Topps 19 Bill Howton Green Bay Packers end Rice Packers Hall of Fame 1974 Howton holds the Packers record for receiving yards in a game. He gained 257 yards on 7 receptions in a game against the Rams in 1956. PSA 6
1956 Topps Jack Christiansen 1956 Topps 20 Jack Christiansen Detroit Lions defensive back Colorado State Pro Football Hall of Fame 1970 nm
1956 Topps Pete Brewster 1956 Topps 21 Pete Brewster Cleveland Browns end Purdue exmt
1956 Topps Chicago Cardinals Team 1956 Topps 22 Chicago Cardinals Team Chicago Cardinals Short print

This card pictures the 1955 Chicago Cardinals team.
1956 Topps Ed Brown 1956 Topps 23 Ed Brown Chicago Bears quarterback San Francisco PSA 8, PSA 9 oc, exmt
1956 Topps Joe Campanella 1956 Topps 24 Joe Campanella Baltimore Colts guard Ohio State