1968 Topps Football Cards

1968 Topps football card wrapperThe 1968 Topps football card set contains 220 cards: 132 in the first series, and 88 cards in the second. The set contains both NFL and AFL players. The cards are numbered 1-219, with two variations of card number 219, the second series checklist. The second series checklist with green print on the back was released with the first series cards, presumably to alert kids that a second series would be available. (See my blog article, C is for Checklists.) My 1968 Topps virtual uncut sheet page shows what full sheets of first and second series cards looked like.

The cards of players from the Super Bowl II teams, the Green Bay Packers and the Oakland Raiders, are oriented horizontally and have a different background than the rest of the player cards. The backs of some second series cards are pieces to puzzles of Bart Starr and Len Dawson, the starting quarterbacks of Super Bowl I.

Each pack of 1968 Topps first series cards included an "All Star Pin-Up Picture" insert. Each pack of second series cards contained a "Football Stand-Up Plak." These "plaks" are now referred to as 1968 Topps Stand-Up cards; you can see the full set in the Gallery. You can see examples of the first and second series display boxes on the Legenday Auctions web site.

Rookie cards of Pro Football Hall of Famers in the 1968 Topps set: Bob Griese, Floyd Little.

Image Set # Card Title/Players Pro Team Position College Honors Notes Grades available at Nearmint Sports Cards
1968 Topps Bart Starr 1968 Topps 1 Bart Starr Green Bay Packers quarterback Alabama Packers Hall of Fame 1977, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1977 The backs of some second series 1968 Topps cards are part of a Bart Starr puzzle. PSA 8, PSA 7
1968 Topps Dick Bass 1968 Topps 2 Dick Bass Los Angeles Rams halfback Pacific
1968 Topps Grady Alderman 1968 Topps 3 Grady Alderman Minnesota Vikings tackle Detroit
1968 Topps Obert Logan 1968 Topps 4 Obert Logan New Orleans Saints defensive back Trinity exmt
1968 Topps Ernie Koy 1968 Topps 5 Ernie Koy New York Giants running back Texas Rookie card ex+
1968 Topps Don Hultz 1968 Topps 6 Don Hultz Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Southern Mississippi Rookie card ex+
1968 Topps Earl Gros 1968 Topps 7 Earl Gros Pittsburgh Steelers running back LSU nm
1968 Topps Jim Bakken 1968 Topps 8 Jim Bakken St. Louis Cardinals kicker Wisconsin nm
1968 Topps George Mira 1968 Topps 9 George Mira San Francisco 49ers quarterback Miami Florida Mira placed fifth in voting for the Heisman Trophy in 1962, and tenth in 1963. See my page of football cards of Heisman Trophy candidates.
1968 Topps Carl Kammerer 1968 Topps 10 Carl Kammerer Washington Redskins defensive end Pacific Rookie card nm
1968 Topps Willie Frazier 1968 Topps 11 Willie Frazier San Diego Chargers end Arkansas A and M nm
1968 Topps Kent McCloughan 1968 Topps 12 Kent McCloughan Oakland Raiders defensive back Nebraska Error card

McCloughan's name is misspelled "McCloughlan" on the back of the card.
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1968 Topps George Sauer Jr. 1968 Topps 13 George Sauer Jr. New York Jets end Texas Sauer's father, George Sauer Sr., played for the Green Bay Packers. See my Fathers and Sons page for more father/son pairs who appeared on vintage football cards.
1968 Topps Jack Clancy 1968 Topps 14 Jack Clancy Miami Dolphins wide receiver Michigan Rookie card nm-mt oc
1968 Topps Jim Tyrer 1968 Topps 15 Jim Tyrer Kansas City Chiefs tackle Ohio State Chiefs Hall of Fame 1977
1968 Topps Bobby Maples 1968 Topps 16 Bobby Maples Houston Oilers linebacker Baylor Maples's brother, Butch Maples, played for the Baltimore Colts in 1963. nm oc
1968 Topps Bo Hickey 1968 Topps 17 Bo Hickey Denver Broncos running back Maryland Rookie card

Hickey coached high school football and hockey for 31 years at New Canaan High School in Connecticut. The New Canaan Patch web site has a nice article about him.
1968 Topps Frank Buncom 1968 Topps 18 Frank Buncom San Diego Chargers linebacker USC Chargers Hall of Fame 1976 nm
1968 Topps Keith Lincoln 1968 Topps 19 Keith Lincoln Buffalo Bills fullback Washington State Chargers Hall of Fame 1980
1968 Topps Jim Whalen 1968 Topps 20 Jim Whalen Boston Patriots tight end Boston College nm mc
1968 Topps Junior Coffey 1968 Topps 21 Junior Coffey Atlanta Falcons halfback Washington
1968 Topps Billy Ray Smith 1968 Topps 22 Billy Ray Smith Baltimore Colts tackle Arkansas
1968 Topps Johnny Morris 1968 Topps 23 Johnny Morris Chicago Bears halfback UC Santa Barbara Morris still holds the Bears team record for career receiving yards.
1968 Topps Ernie Green 1968 Topps 24 Ernie Green Cleveland Browns halfback Louisville Green co-founded EG Industries, a manufacturing company, in 1981. ex+
1968 Topps Don Meredith 1968 Topps 25 Don Meredith Dallas Cowboys quarterback SMU Cowboys Ring of Honor 1976, College Hall of Fame 1982