1960 Topps Football Cards

1960 Topps football card wrapperThe 1960 Topps set contains 132 cards of NFL players and teams. The Dallas Cowboys joined the NFL in 1960, so this was the first set to include cards of the Cowboys. The full set fit exactly twice on a full 264-card uncut sheet, with no short prints or double prints. To see what an uncut half-sheet looked like, see my 1960 Topps virtual uncut sheet page.

1960 was the first year since 1955 that Topps had competition in the football card market. The American Football League began play in 1960, and Fleer printed the first set of AFL football cards. The competition spurred a bit of innovation, apparently, because 1960 Topps and 1960 Fleer football card packs were the first to include inserts. 1960 Topps packs included metallic stickers representing the thirteen NFL teams and twenty colleges.

The 1960 Topps set contains a large number of errors. Most notable is Jim Taylor's card, which pictures the wrong Jim Taylor. (To see that card and other cards that picture the wrong player, see the Gallery's Mistaken Identities page.) Also, at least five cards in the set have reversed images. I have identified the error cards in the "Notes" column below.

You can see pictures of a 1960 Topps 5-cent display box on the Legendary Auctions web site.

Rookie cards of Pro Football Hall of Famers in the 1960 Topps set: Forrest Gregg.

Image Set # Card Title/Players Pro Team Position College Honors Notes Grades available at Nearmint Sports Cards
1960 Topps John Unitas 1960 Topps 1 John Unitas Baltimore Colts quarterback Louisville Pro Football Hall of Fame 1979 PSA 7, PSA 5
1960 Topps Alan Ameche 1960 Topps 2 Alan Ameche Baltimore Colts fullback Wisconsin Heisman Trophy 1954, College Hall of Fame 1975
1960 Topps Lenny Moore 1960 Topps 3 Lenny Moore Baltimore Colts halfback Penn State Pro Football Hall of Fame 1975
1960 Topps Raymond Berry 1960 Topps 4 Raymond Berry Baltimore Colts end SMU Pro Football Hall of Fame 1973
1960 Topps Jim Parker 1960 Topps 5 Jim Parker Baltimore Colts guard, tackle Ohio State Outland Trophy 1956, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1973, College Hall of Fame 1974 Parker placed eighth in voting for the 1956 Heisman Trophy. See my page of football cards of Heisman candidates.
1960 Topps George Preas 1960 Topps 6 George Preas Baltimore Colts tackle VPI Rookie card

Preas played 11 seasons in the NFL, all for the Colts.
1960 Topps Art Spinney 1960 Topps 7 Art Spinney Baltimore Colts guard Boston College
1960 Topps Bill Pellington 1960 Topps 8 Bill Pellington Baltimore Colts linebacker Rutgers Rookie card

Pellington played 12 seasons in the NFL, all for the Colts.
1960 Topps John Sample 1960 Topps 9 John Sample Baltimore Colts defensive back Maryland Eastern Shore Rookie card
1960 Topps Gene Lipscomb 1960 Topps 10 Gene Lipscomb Baltimore Colts defensive tackle Steelers Legends Team
1960 Topps Baltimore Colts Team 1960 Topps 11 Baltimore Colts Team Baltimore Colts
1960 Topps Ed Brown 1960 Topps 12 Ed Brown Chicago Bears quarterback San Francisco ex
1960 Topps Rick Casares 1960 Topps 13 Rick Casares Chicago Bears fullback Florida
1960 Topps Willie Galimore 1960 Topps 14 Willie Galimore Chicago Bears halfback Florida A and M College Hall of Fame 1999
1960 Topps Jim Dooley 1960 Topps 15 Jim Dooley Chicago Bears end Miami Florida PSA 8, nm
1960 Topps Harlon Hill 1960 Topps 16 Harlon Hill Chicago Bears end North Alabama exmt
1960 Topps Stan Jones 1960 Topps 17 Stan Jones Chicago Bears guard Maryland Pro Football Hall of Fame 1991, College Hall of Fame 2000 exmt
1960 Topps Bill George 1960 Topps 18 Bill George Chicago Bears linebacker, guard Wake Forest Pro Football Hall of Fame 1974 nm
1960 Topps Erich Barnes 1960 Topps 19 Erich Barnes Chicago Bears defensive back Purdue Rookie card nm
1960 Topps Doug Atkins 1960 Topps 20 Doug Atkins Chicago Bears defensive end Tennessee Pro Football Hall of Fame 1982, College Hall of Fame 1985, Saints Hall of Fame 1995 Error card

The image of Atkins is reversed on this card. See the Gallery's page of football cards with reversed images.
1960 Topps Chicago Bears Team 1960 Topps 21 Chicago Bears Team Chicago Bears
1960 Topps Milt Plum 1960 Topps 22 Milt Plum Cleveland Browns quarterback Penn State PSA 8
1960 Topps Jim Brown 1960 Topps 23 Jim Brown Cleveland Browns fullback Syracuse Pro Football Hall of Fame 1971, College Hall of Fame 1995, Browns Ring of Honor 2010 PSA 8, PSA 7
1960 Topps Sam Baker 1960 Topps 24 Sam Baker Cleveland Browns fullback, kicker Oregon State
1960 Topps Bobby Mitchell 1960 Topps 25 Bobby Mitchell Cleveland Browns halfback Illinois Redskins Ring of Fame, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1983, Browns Ring of Honor 2010 Mitchell was the 1958 NFL Rookie of the Year. PSA 6.5