1957 Topps Football Cards

1957 Topps Football Cards

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The 1957 Topps Football card set is incredibly popular with collectors due to the fact that it is loaded with stars and rookies of future Hall of Fame players. Of the 154 total cards, 31 of the players on the checklist have been inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame.

Key 1957 Topps Football rookie cards are Bart Starr (#119), Johnny Unitas (#138) and Paul Hornung (#151). Other major players appearing for the first time include Dick "Night Train" Lane (#85), Tommy McDonald (#124), Raymond Berry (#94) and Earl Morrall (#104). Collectors often contemplate what this set might have been like had Topps used all of the eligible rookies who had been drafted in the fall of the previous year. Missing from the set are a handful of future Hall of Famers, most notably Len Dawson and Jim Brown.

Design

Measuring, the now standard, 2-1/2 by 3-1/2 inches, the 1957 Topps Football card set was designed with a horizontal orientation. While far from being a new concept, it was the first time that the format had been used for an entire set.  Divided into two sections, the front of the cards display two pictures of the player. On the left side is a head shot, while an action shot occupies the space on the right side. Both pictures are superimposed over solid background colors (different for each side), which are set according to the player's team. A box below the head shot lists the player's name, and another one under the action photo gives his position and team name. The back of the cards are similarly bisected. The left side consists of a red football that contains the card number, with the player's name printed beside it. Several lines of vital information follows, along with a brief, biographical write-up outlining the player's career. Where necessary, year and career stats are added at the bottom. The entire right side is devoted to a pair of cartoons that caption career highlights.

Printing and Distribution

Printed in two separate series, the first contains 88 cards, with the second series having 66. It is said that 22 cards in the second series were double-printed to fill out the printing page, one of those cards, number 138, is the rookie card of Johnny Unitas. Generally, high-number cards are a little harder to find than low numbers and, therefore, command a slight premium. 1957 Topps Football cards were originally available in three different package and price options. Single cards were available in a one-cent pack, which also contained a piece of gum. Five-cent packs had six cards and a stick of gum. Cello packs came with 12 cards.

Errors, Variations and Condition Issues

There was also a checklist card printed. It is found with two different color variations. One is red, yellow and blue. The other is red, white and blue. Neither variation is given a premium. Card #58 of Bill Sherman can also be found with the Rams name missing on the front, which is a scarce error card.

The cards were printed on a fairly durable card stock for the era, and as a result, while not easy, several high-grade example of stars and rookies can be found. However, as is to be expected, the first and last cards in the set, of Eddie LeBaron (#1) and Fred Morrison (#154) are more difficult to find in high-grade.

Considered one of the classic football card sets of all-time, 1957 Topps Football is a release that serves as the foundation for any great vintage gridiron collection.

Top eBay Listings

1957 TOPPS #143 JIM CASON RAMS NR-MT 157320
$9.50

1957 TOPPS # 47 DON HEINRICH GIANTS NR-MT 157258
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1957 TOPPS #111 KEN KELLER EAGLES NR-MT 157310
$9.50

1994 Topps Archives 1957 CHICAGO CARDINALS Team Set (13) PAT SUMMERALL +
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1994 Topps Archives 1957 NEW YORK GIANTS Team Set (13) FRANK GIFFORD +
$8.95

1957 TOPPS # 35 EMLEN TUNNELL GIANTS NR-MT 157246
$17.50

1994 Topps Archives 1957 CHICAGO BEARS Team Set (13) GEORGE BLANDA +
$7.95

1957 TOPPS #110 TOM RUNNELS EXMT *42058
$5.00

1957 TOPPS #50 Dave Mann EXMT *42046
$5.00

1957 TOPPS #25 TOM SCOTT EXMT *42042
$5.00

1957 TOPPS #76 RAY RENFRO EXMT *42050
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1957 Topps #137 Lynn Chandnois STEELERS " EX-MT+ " LR28017
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1957 TOPPS #35 EM TUNNELL VGEX SURFACE CREASE NICELY CENTERED *99814
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1994 Topps Archives 1957 PITTSBURGH STEELERS Team Set (12) TED MARCHIBRODA
$8.95

Richard "Dick" Lane 1957 Topps Football Card #85 *T488
$24.95

1957 Topps Football Paul Hornung Rookie Card
$49.99
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Set Checklist

1957 Topps Football Set Checklist

Base Set Checklist

Featuring 154 cards

 1 Eddie LeBaron
 2 Pete Retzlaff RC
 3 Mike McCormack
 4 Lou Baldacci RC
 5 Gino Marchetti
 6 Leo Nomellini
 7 Bobby Watkins
 8 Dave Middleton
 9 Bobby Dillon
 10 Les Richter
 11 Roosevelt Brown
 12 Lavern Torgeson RC
 13 Dick Bielski
 14 Pat Summerall
 15 Jack Butler RC
 16 John Henry Johnson
 17 Art Spinney
 18 Bob St. Clair
 19 Perry Jeter RC
 20 Lou Creekmur
 21 Dave Hanner
 22 Norm Van Brocklin
 23 Don Chandler RC
 24 Al Dorow
 25 Tom Scott
 26 Ollie Matson
 27 Fran Rogel
 28 Lou Groza
 29 Billy Vessels
 30 Y.A. Tittle
 31 George Blanda
 32 Bobby Layne
 33 Bill Howton
 34 Bill Wade
 35 Emlen Tunnell
 36 Leo Elter RC
 37 Clarence Peaks RC
 38 Don Stonesifer
 39 George Tarasovic
 40 Pete Brewster
 41 Bert Rechichar
 42 Billy Wilson
 43 Ed Brown
 44 Gene Gedman RC
 45 Gary Knafelc
 46 Elroy Hirsch
 47 Don Heinrich
 48 Gene Brito
 49 Chuck Bednarik
 50 Dave Mann
 51 Bill McPeak
 52 Ken Konz
 53 Alan Ameche
 54 Gordon Soltau
 55 Rick Casares
 56 Charlie Ane
 57 Al Carmichael
 58a Will Sherman ERR
 58b Will Sherman ERR
 58c Will Sherman
 58d Will Sherman
 59 Kyle Rote
 60 Chuck Drazenovich
 61 Bobby Walston
 62 John Olszewski
 63 Ray Mathews
 64 Maurice Bassett
 65 Art Donovan
 66 Joe Arenas
 67 Harlon Hill
 68 Yale Lary
 69 Bill Forester
 70 Bob Boyd
 71 Andy Robustelli
 72 Sam Baker RC
 73 Bob Pellegrini
 74 Leo Sanford
 75 Sid Watson RC
 76 Ray Renfro
 77 Carl Taseff
 78 Clyde Conner RC
 79 J.C. Caroline RC
 80 Howard Cassady RC
 81 Tobin Rote
 82 Ron Waller
 83 Jim Patton RC
 84 Volney Peters
 85 Dick Lane RC
 86 Royce Womble
 87 Duane Putnam RC
 88 Frank Gifford
 89 Steve Meilinger
 90 Buck Lansford
 91 Lindon Crow DP
 92 Ernie Stautner DP
 93 Preston Carpenter RC DP
 94 Raymond Berry RC
 95 Hugh McElhenny
 96 Stan Jones
 97 Dorne Dibble
 98 Joe Scudero DP
 99 Eddie Bell
 100 Joe Childress RC DP
 101 Elbert Nickel
 102 Walt Michaels
 103 Jim Mutscheller DP
 104 Earl Morrall RC
 105 Larry Strickland RC
 106 Jack Christiansen
 107 Fred Cone DP
 108 Bud McFadin RC
 109 Charley Conerly
 110 Tom Runnels RC DP
 111 Ken Keller RC DP
 112 James Root RC
 113 Ted Marchibroda DP
 114 Don Paul
 115 George Shaw
 116 Dick Moegle
 117 Don Bingham
 118 Leon Hart
 119 Bart Starr RC
 120 Paul Miller RC DP
 121 Alex Webster
 122 Ray Wietecha DP
 123 John Carson
 124 Tommy McDonald RC DP
 125 Jerry Tubbs RC
 126 Jack Scarbath
 127 Ed Modzelewski DP
 128 Lenny Moore
 129 Joe Perry DP
 130 Bill Wightkin
 131 Jim Doran
 132 Howard Ferguson UER
 133 Tom Wilson RC
 134 Dick James RC
 135 Jimmy Harris RC
 136 Chuck Ulrich
 137 Lynn Chandnois
 138 Johnny Unitas RC DP
 139 Jim Ridlon RC DP
 140 Zeke Bratkowski DP
 141 Ray Krouse
 142 John Martinkovic
 143 Jim Cason RC DP
 144 Ken MacAfee
 145 Sid Youngelman RC
 146 Paul Larson RC
 147 Len Ford
 148 Bob Toneff DP
 149 Ronnie Knox RC DP
 150 Jim David RC
 151 Paul Hornung RC
 152 Tank Younger
 153 Bill Svoboda RC DP
 154 Fred Morrison
 AD1 Al Dorow Harlon Hil
 AD2 Bobby Watkins Gino
 NNO1 Checklist Bazooka SP
 NNO2 Checklist Blony SP
1957 Topps Raymond Berry

Top eBay Listings

1957 Topps - #124 - Tommy McDonald - PSA 6 - 21047288 - Rookie Hall of Fame
$70.00

1957 Topps #67 Harlon Hill *Bears* PSA 8 NM-MT Cert #02090626
$39.99

2012 TOPPS CHROME #3 ROBERT GRIFFIN III (RG3) 1957 STYLE RC REDSKINS PSA 9 (750)
$17.95

1957 Topps #138 - Johnny Unitas (RC) - PSA 5 -- Colts HoF Rookie (mikedenero)
$325.00

1957 Topps #34 Bill Wade RAMS " PSA 8 NM-MT " LR22342
$45.00

1957 TOPPS #11 ROOSEVELT BROWN PSA 7 GIANTS H.O.F.
$34.99

1957 TOPPS #86 ROYCE WOMBLE PSA 8 COLTS
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1957 Topps #53 Alan Ameche PSA 7 NM *Baltimore Colts*
$24.99

1957 Topps #75 Sid Watson PSA 6 EX-MT *Pittsburgh Steelers*
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1957 Topps #88 Frank Gifford PSA 7 NM *New York Giants*
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1957 TOPPS #120 PAUL MILLER PSA 7 RAMS *DS1589
$49.00

1957 TOPPS #134 DICK JAMES PSA 7 REDSKINS NICELY CENTERED *DS1590
$89.00

1957 TOPPS #17 ART SPINNEY PSA 7 COLTS *DS1576
$39.00

1957 TOPPS #83 JIM PATTON PSA 8 OC GIANTS *DS1574
$29.00

1957 TOPPS #53 ALAN AMECHE PSA 7.5 COLTS *DS1594
$69.00

1957 TOPPS #43 ED BROWN PSA 7 BEARS NICELY CENTERED *DS1578
$39.00
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