1963 Topps Football Cards
There are 170 cards in the 1963 Topps football card set: eleven players and a team card for each of the fourteen NFL teams, plus two checklists. The cards were printed on standard 264-card sheets, so 94 of the cards were printed twice on each sheet. The other 76 cards are thus short prints. Check out the Gallery's 1963 Topps virtual uncut sheet page to see how uncut sheets of the cards were configured.
You can see pictures of a 1963 Topps 5-cent display box on the Legendary Auctions web site. Curiously, the Y.A. Tittle card pictured on the side of the display box does not look like an actual 1963 Topps card. It is sort of a cross between a 1962 Topps card and a 1963 Topps card.
Most of the cards in the 1963 Topps set can be found with either a purple sky or a blue sky. The purple- and blue-sky variations are not documented in the price guides. For details and lots of examples, see 1963 Topps Football Color Variations on the rbwoodenpuzzles.com web site.
|Image||Set||#||Card Title/Players||Pro Team||Position||College||Honors||Notes||Grades available at Nearmint Sports Cards|
|1963 Topps||1||John Unitas||Baltimore Colts||quarterback||Louisville||Pro Football Hall of Fame 1979||PSA 6, PSA 5, PSA 8 oc|
|1963 Topps||2||Lenny Moore||Baltimore Colts||halfback||Penn State||Pro Football Hall of Fame 1975||nm oc|
|1963 Topps||3||Jimmy Orr||Baltimore Colts||end||Georgia|
|1963 Topps||4||Raymond Berry||Baltimore Colts||end||SMU||Pro Football Hall of Fame 1973||nm oc|
|1963 Topps||5||Jim Parker||Baltimore Colts||guard, tackle||Ohio State||Outland Trophy 1956, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1973, College Hall of Fame 1974||exmt|
|1963 Topps||6||Alex Sandusky||Baltimore Colts||guard||Clarion Teachers College||nm+ oc|
|1963 Topps||7||Dick Szymanski||Baltimore Colts||center||Notre Dame||Rookie card||exmt|
|1963 Topps||8||Gino Marchetti||Baltimore Colts||defensive end||San Francisco||Pro Football Hall of Fame 1972||nm oc|
|1963 Topps||9||Billy Ray Smith||Baltimore Colts||tackle||Arkansas||Rookie card||PSA 8, nm oc|
|1963 Topps||10||Bill Pellington||Baltimore Colts||linebacker||Rutgers||PSA 8 oc, nm oc|
|1963 Topps||11||Bob Boyd||Baltimore Colts||defensive back||Oklahoma||Rookie card||ex|
|1963 Topps||12||Baltimore Colts Team||Baltimore Colts||Short print|
|1963 Topps||13||Frank Ryan||Cleveland Browns||quarterback||Rice||Short print
Ryan is shown in number 18 on his 1963 Topps card, though he wore number 13 for the Browns. I believe this photo was taken just after he joined the team in 1962. See his 1962 Kahn's Wieners card for details.
|1963 Topps||14||Jim Brown||Cleveland Browns||fullback||Syracuse||Pro Football Hall of Fame 1971, College Hall of Fame 1995, Browns Ring of Honor 2010||Short print|
|1963 Topps||15||Ray Renfro||Cleveland Browns||halfback||North Texas||Short print||nm|
|1963 Topps||16||Rich Kreitling||Cleveland Browns||end||Illinois||Short print||PSA 8|
|1963 Topps||17||Mike McCormack||Cleveland Browns||tackle||Kansas||Pro Football Hall of Fame 1984, Browns Ring of Honor 2010||Short print||ex|
|1963 Topps||18||Jim Ray Smith||Cleveland Browns||guard||Baylor||College Hall of Fame 1987||Short print||nm|
|1963 Topps||19||Lou Groza||Cleveland Browns||tackle, kicker||Ohio State||Pro Football Hall of Fame 1974, Browns Ring of Honor 2010||Short print
Groza is a member of the NFL's 40-and-over club. He played until he was 43.
|1963 Topps||20||Bill Glass||Cleveland Browns||defensive end||Baylor||College Hall of Fame 1985||Short print|
|1963 Topps||21||Galen Fiss||Cleveland Browns||linebacker||Kansas||Short print|
|1963 Topps||22||Don Fleming||Cleveland Browns||defensive back||Florida||Rookie card, short print||nm mc|
|1963 Topps||23||Bob Gain||Cleveland Browns||defensive tackle||Kentucky||Outland Trophy 1950, College Hall of Fame 1980||Short print|
|1963 Topps||24||Cleveland Browns Team||Cleveland Browns||Short print
The Cleveland Browns team cards in the 1959-1963 Topps sets all picture the 1958 Browns team.
|PSA 7, PSA 6, PSA 5|
|1963 Topps||25||Milt Plum||Detroit Lions||quarterback||Penn State||nm|