1958 Topps Football Cards

1958 Topps Football Cards

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The 1958 Topps Football card set's major claim to fame is the rookie card of the legendary Jim Brown (#62). The only other significant rookie in the set belongs to Sonny Jurgenson (#90). Other other players making their debut include Gene Filipski (#1), Milt Plum (#5), Jon Arnett (#20) and Willie Galimore (#114). A number of Hall of Fame players anchor the set, such as  Bobby Layne (#2), Bart Starr (#66) and Johnny Unitas (#22). The checklist contains 132 standard-sized trading cards, measuring 2-1/2 by 3-1/2 inches. Some new design elements are incorporated into the set and a few things were restored after being left out in 1957 Topps Football.

Design

1958 Topps Football offers a distinctive design. For the first time since taking over the professional football monopoly from Bowman, Topps included a natural background behind players. They are shown inside an oval-shaped picture. It gives the illusion that the collector is "taking a peek behind the curtain," so to speak. A solid color runs around the oval, which was dependent on the player's team (however, there were some exceptions, due to trades and other factors). In the case of a white background, a black box was placed at the bottom. The player's name, position and team appeared below the photo in a color scheme that was also dependent upon the team.

The card backs feature a bisected design similar to the 1957 format. The left side begins with a card number inside a circle, with the player's name beside it. Underneath is the player's position and team, with a couple lines of vital statistics. A short biography follows, with some players also getting a year/life stat box added at the bottom. The right side has a trivia question that has been designed to be scratched off with the edge of a coin to find the answer. Of course, cards that have not been subjected to the scratching are worth more than those that were.

Printing and Distribution

1958 Topps Football was released in a single series. As a result, all of the cards were printed in equal numbers. There are no short prints.

After a one-year hiatus, team cards return to the product. Each of the team photographs is set inside an oval frame like the rest of the cards, however, the players are not named due to space constraints. One card that is not considered a part of the set but was distributed inside wax packs, is a send-in wrapper redemption offer for felt initials. The set also has an unnumbered checklist.

Condition Issues

The solid colored edges of the oval are highly susceptible to chipping. Veteran hobbyists complain of the red cards being the most difficult to locate free from this issue. Centering on some cards is also a problem.

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1958 Topps LOS ANGELES RAMS TEAM CARD #85 UNMARKED EXMT No Creases
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1958 Topps Football Card #22 John Unitas Baltimore Colts EX
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1958 TOPPS #89 LEO NOMELLINI 49ers HALL OF FAMER
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1958 Topps Football YA Tittle #86 San Francisco 49ers EX
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1955 Bowman 1958 Topps Football lot +5 more
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1958 John Unitas Topps Football Card 22
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1958 Topps #122 Hugh McElhenny, San Francisco 49ers . VG EX *1539
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1958 TOPPS FOOTBALL #10 LENNY MOORE!!** BV $25!!
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1958 TOPPS FOOTBALL #103 JIM RINGO!!
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1958 TOPPS FOOTBALL #106 ART DONOVAN!! BV $20!!
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1958 Topps Football Card #35 Chuck Bednarik-Philadelphia Eagles-
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1958 Topps Football Card #114 Willie Gallimore-Chicago Bears
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1958 Topps #38 Bill Wade Los Angeles Rams NM
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1957-1958 Topps Football Transparency Bob Freeman Cleveland Browns T0047
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1958 Topps Frank Gifford New York Giants Football Card #73
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1958 Topps Football Card Lot (8) Vg
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Set Checklist

Base Set Checklist

Featuring 132 cards

1 Gene Filipski RC
 2 Bobby Layne
 3 Joe Schmidt
 4 Bill Barnes
 5 Milt Plum RC
 6 Bill Howton UER
 7 Howard Cassady
 8 Jim Dooley
 9 Browns Team
 10 Lenny Moore
 11 Pete Brewster
 12 Alan Ameche
 13 Jim David
 14 Jim Mutscheller
 15 Andy Robustelli
 16 Gino Marchetti
 17 Ray Renfro
 18 Yale Lary
 19 Gary Glick
 20 Jon Arnett RC
 21 Bob Boyd
 22 Johnny Unitas UER
 23 Zeke Bratkowski
 24 Sid Youngelman UER
 25 Leo Elter
 26 Ken Konz
 27 Redskins Team
 28 Carl Brettschneider
 29 Bears Team
 30 Alex Webster
 31 Al Carmichael
 32 Bobby Dillon
 33 Steve Meilinger
 34 Sam Baker
 35 Chuck Bednarik
 36 Vic Zucco
 37 George Tarasovic
 38 Bill Wade
 39 Dick Stanfel
 40 Jerry Norton
 41 49ers Team
 42 Emlen Tunnell
 43 Jim Doran
 44 Ted Marchibroda
 45 Chet Hanulak
 46 Dale Dodrill
 47 John Carson
 48 Dick Deschaine
 49 Billy Wells UER
 50 Larry Morris
 51 Jack McClairen
 52 Lou Groza
 53 Rick Casares
 54 Don Chandler
 55 Duane Putnam
 56 Gary Knafelc
 57 Earl Morrall
 58 Ron Kramer RC
 59 Mike McCormack
 60 Gern Nagler
 61 Giants Team
 62 Jim Brown RC
 63 Joe Marconi RC
 64 R.C. Owens RC UER
 65 Jimmy Carr RC
 66 Bart Starr UER
 67 Tom Wilson
 68 Lamar McHan
 69 Cardinals Team
 70 Jack Christiansen
 71 Don McIlhenny RC
 72 Ron Waller
 73 Frank Gifford
 74 Bert Rechichar
 75 John Henry Johnson
 76 Jack Butler
 77 Frank Varrichione
 78 Ray Mathews
 79 Marv Matuszak UER
 80 Harlon Hill UER
 81 Lou Creekmur
 82 Woodley Lewis UER
 83 Don Heinrich
 84 Charley Conerly
 85 Rams Team
 86 Y.A. Tittle
 87 Bobby Walston
 88 Earl Putman
 89 Leo Nomellini
 90 Sonny Jurgensen RC
 91 Don Paul
 92 Paige Cothren
 93 Joe Perry
 94 Tobin Rote
 95 Billy Wilson
 96 Packers Team
 97 Torgy Torgeson
 98 Milt Davis
 99 Larry Strickland
 100 Matt Hazeltine RC
 101 Walt Yowarsky
 102 Roosevelt Brown
 103 Jim Ringo
 104 Joe Krupa
 105 Les Richter
 106 Art Donovan
 107 John Olszewski
 108 Ken Keller
 109 Eagles Team
 110 Colts Team
 111 Dick Bielski
 112 Eddie LeBaron
 113 Gene Brito
 114 Willie Galimore RC
 115 Lions Team
 116 Steelers Team
 117 L.G. Dupre
 118 Babe Parilli
 119 Bill George
 120 Raymond Berry
 121 Jim Podoley UER
 122 Hugh McElhenny
 123 Ed Brown
 124 Dick Moegle
 125 Tom Scott
 126 Tommy McDonald
 127 Ollie Matson
 128 Preston Carpenter
 129 George Blanda
 130 Gordon Soltau
 131 Dick Nolan RC
 132 Don Bosseler RC
 NNO Free Felt Initial Card

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1958 Topps Baltimore Colts #110 PSA EX-MT 6 P153
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1957 Topps Baltimore Colts Art Donovan Card Psa 6 Memorial Stadium 1958 Champion
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1958 TOPPS FOOTBALL #74 BERT RECHICHAR - PSA 7!!
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1958 Topps #126 Tom McDonald PSA EX+ 5.5 Philadelphia Eagles
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1958 Topps #62 JIM BROWN AUTO RC - PSA 5.5 - GEM SIGNED PSA 6 HOF BROWNS Rookie
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Jim Brown Signed 1958 Topps Rookie Card PSA DNA Autographed Browns
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1958 Topps #027 Redskins Team PSA 8 NM-MT **2051**
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1958 Topps Jimmy Brown Rookie #62 PSA 4
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1958 TOPPS CFL #17 GEORGE BRANCATO POP 5 PSA 8 F1437797
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1958 Topps Vault File Copy Chuck Bednrik Hof Bvg 2 2 Rare Coa
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1958 TOPPS #83 DON HEINRICH FOOTBALL CARD-SET BREAK-PSA "NM-MT" "8"
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1958 Topps Football Johnny Unitas #22 EX-MT HOF PSA 6
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1958 Topps #15 Andy Robustelli PSA 6 (Excellent-Near Mint) Condition
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1958 Topps Raymond Berry #120 - BVG 6 - NICE!!!
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