1978 Topps Football Cards

1978 Topps Football Cards

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In 1978, Topps returned with a 528-card football set for the sixth straight year. At the same time, the company came up with the least elaborate design since 1972. Some may call it a minimalist design, but others point out that a lack of competition was leading to more uninspired designs.

Card fronts feature the usual player picture that is either posed or from a sideline shot. The only real design element is a solid-colored frame around the picture. The left side is thicker and has the team name running along the vertical axis. A small recessed area between the frame and the picture contains the player's name and a football-shaped icon in the lower corner gives his position. There are three parts to the back design. A banner stretching across the top gives the player's name, team, position and vital stats, along with a football containing a card number. A cartoon about the player appears inside the shape of a football helmet, with a banner below it explaining the action. The rest of the card contains year-by-year statistics for most players, as well as a biography.

For the first time, team checklist cards feature team leaders in several different statistical categories on the front, and the checklist has been moved to the back. Those checklists are the final cards in the set, running from #501-528. Highlights from the 1977 season appear on cards #1-6 and a recap of the conference championships and the Super Bowl appear on cards #166-168. Cards #331-336 feature 1977's statistical leaders in each conference and five regular checklist cards appear throughout the set.

Notable rookies include Tony Dorsett, John Stallworth, Joe Klecko, Tom Jackson, Randy Cross, Wesley Walker, Stanley Morgan and Reggie Williams.

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1978 Topps Football cards - Star lot (21 in lot)
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Set Checklist

1978 Topps Football Card Checklist

Card #Player Name
1Gary Huff HL
2Craig Morton HL
3Walter Payton HL
4O.J.Simpson HL
5Fran Tarkenton HL
6Bob Thomas HL
7Joe Pisarcik
8Skip Thomas
9Roosevelt Leaks
10Ken Houston
11Tom Blanchard
12Jim Turner
13Tom DeLeone
14Jim LeClair
15Bob Avellini
16Tony McGee DT
17James Harris
18Terry Nelson
19Rocky Bleier
20Joe DeLamielleure
21Richard Caster
22A.J.Duhe RC
23John Outlaw
24Danny White
25Larry Csonka
26David Hill RC
27Mark Arneson
28Jack Tatum
29Norm Thompson
30Sammie White
31Dennis Johnson
32Robin Earl
33Don Cockroft
34Bob Johnson
35John Hannah
36Scott Hunter
37Ken Burrough
38Wilbur Jackson
39Rich McGeorge
40Lyle Alzado
41John Ebersole
42Gary Green RC
43Art Kuehn
44Glen Edwards
45Lawrence McCutcheon
46Duriel Harris
47Rich Szaro
48Mike Washington
49Stan White
50Dave Casper
51Len Hauss
52James Scott
53Brian Sipe
54Gary Shirk
55Archie Griffin
56Mike Patrick
57Mario Clark
58Jeff Siemon
59Steve Mike-Mayer
60Randy White
61Darrell Austin
62Tom Sullivan
63Johnny Rodgers RC
64Ken Reaves
65Terry Bradshaw
66Fred Steinfort
67Curley Culp
68Ted Hendricks
69Raymond Chester
70Jim Langer
71Calvin Hill
72Mike Hartenstine
73Gerald Irons
74Billy Brooks
75John Mendenhall
76Andy Johnson
77Tom Wittum
78Lynn Dickey
79Carl Eller
80Tom Mack
81Clark Gaines
82Lem Barney
83Mike Montler
84Jon Kolb
85Bob Chandler
86Robert Newhouse
87Frank LeMaster
88Jeff West
89Lyle Blackwood
90Gene Upshaw
91Frank Grant
92Tom Hicks
93Mike Pruitt
94Chris Bahr
95Russ Francis
96Norris Thomas
97Gary Barbaro RC
98Jim Merlo
99Karl Chandler
100Fran Tarkenton
101Abdullaam
102Marv Kellum
103Herman Weaver
104Roy Gerela
105Harold Jackson
106Dewey Selmon
107Checklist 1-132
108Clarence Davis
109Robert Pratt
110Harvey Martin
111Brad Dusek
112Greg Latta
113Tony Peters
114Jim Braxton
115Ken Riley
116Steve Nelson
117Rick Upchurch
118Spike Jones
119Doug Kotar
120Bob Griese
121Burgess Owens
122Rolf Benirschke RC
123Haskel Stanback RC
124J.T. Thomas
125Ahmad Rashad
126Rick Kane
127Elvin Bethea
128Dave Dalby
129Mike Barnes
130Isiah Robertson
131Jim Plunkett
132Allan Ellis
133Mike Bragg
134Bob Jackson
135Coy Bacon
136John Smith
137Chuck Muncie
138Johnnie Gray
139Jimmy Robinson
140Tom Banks
141Marvin Powell RC
142Jerrel Wilson
143Ron Howard
144Rob Lytle RC
145L.C.Greenwood
146Morris Owens
147Joe Reed
148Mike Kadish
149Phil Villapiano
150Lydell Mitchell
151Randy Logan
152Mike Williams RC
153Jeff Van Note
154Steve Schubert
155Billy Kilmer
156Boobie Clark
157Charlie Hall
158Raymond Clayborn RC
159Jack Gregory
160Cliff Harris
161Joe Fields
162Don Nottingham
163Ed White
164Toni Fritsch
165Jack Lambert
166NFC Champs / Staubach
167AFC Champs / Lytle
168Super Bowl XII / Dorsett
169Neal Colzie RC
170Cleveland Elam
171David Lee
172Jim Otis
173Archie Manning
174Jim Carter
175Jean Fugett
176Willie Parker C
177Haven Moses
178Horace King RC
179Bob Thomas
180Monte Jackson
181Steve Zabel
182John Fitzgerald
183Mike Livingston
184Larry Poole
185Isaac Curtis
186Chuck Ramsey
187Bob Klein
188Ray Rhodes
189Otis Sistrunk
190Bill Bergey
191Sherman Smith
192Dave Green
193Carl Mauck
194Reggie Harrison
195Roger Carr
196Steve Bartkowski
197Ray Wersching
198Willie Buchanon
199Neil Clabo
200Walter Payton Error
201Sam Adams OL
202Larry Gordon
203Pat Tilley
204Mack Mitchell
205Ken Anderson
206Scott Dierking
207Jack Rudnay
208Jim Stienke
209Bill Simpson
210Errol Mann
211Bucky Dilts
212Reuben Gant
213Thomas Henderson RC
214Steve Furness
215John Riggins
216Keith Krepfle RC
217Fred Dean RC
218Emanuel Zanders
219Don Testerman
220George Kunz
221Darryl Stingley
222Kennders
223Gary Huff
224Gregg Bingham
225Jerry Sherk
226Doug Plank
227Ed Taylor
228Emery Moorehead
229Reggie Williams RC
230Claude Humphrey
231Randy Cross RC
232Jim Hart
233Bobby Bryant
234Larry Brown
235Mark Van Eeghen
236Terry Hermeling
237Steve Odom
238Jan Stenerud
239Andre Tillman
240Tom Jackson RC
241Ken Mendenhall
242Tim Fox
243Don Herrmann
244Eddie McMillan
245Greg Pruitt
246J.K. McKay
247Larry Keller
248Dave Jennings
249Bo Harris
250Revie Sorey
251Tony Greene
252Butch Johnson
253Paul Naumoff
254Rickey Young
255Dwight White
256Joe Lavender
257Checklist 133-264
258Ronnie Coleman
259Charlie Smith WR
260Ray Guy
261David Taylor
262Bill Lenkaitis
263Jim Mitchell TE
264Delvin Williams
265Jack Youngblood
266Chuck Crist
267Richard Todd
268Dave Logan RC
269Rufus Mayes
270Brad Van Pelt
271Chester Marcol
272J.V. Cain
273Larry Seiple
274Brent McClanahan
275Mike Wagner
276Diron Talbert
277Brian Baschnagel
278Ed Podolak
279Don Goode
280John Dutton
281Don Calhoun
282Monte Johnson
283Ron Jessie
284Jon Morris
285Riley Odoms
286Marv Bateman
287Joe Klecko RC
288Oliver Davis
289John McDaniel
290Roger Staubach
291Brian Kelley
292Mike Hogan
293John Leypoldt
294Jack Novak
295Joe Greene
296John Hill
297Danny Buggs
298Ted Albrecht
299Nelson Munsey
300Chuck Foreman
301Dan Pastorini
302Tommy Hart
303Dave Beverly
304Tony Reed RC
305Cliff Branch
306Clarence Duren
307Randy Rasmussen
308Oscar Roan
309Lenvil Elliott
310Dan Dierdorf
311Johnny Perkins
312Rafael Septien RC
313Terry Beeson
314Lee Roy Selmon
315Tony Dorsett RC
316Greg Landry
317Jake Scott
318Dan Peiffer
319John Bunting
320John Stallworth RC
321Bob Howard
322Larry Little
323Reggie McKenzie
324Duane Carrell
325Ed Simonini
326John Vella
327Wesley Walker RC
328Jon Keyworth
329Ron Bolton
330Tommy Casanova
331R.Staubach / B.Griese League Leaders
332A.Rashad / Mitchell League Leaders
333W.Payton / VanEeghenLL
334W.Payton / E.Mann League Leaders
335Interception Leaders
336Punting Leaders
337Robert Brazile
338Charlie Joiner
339Joe Ferguson
340Bill Thompson
341Sam Cunningham
342Curtis Johnson
343Jim Marshall
344Charlienders
345Willie Hall
346Pat Haden
347Jim Bakken
348Bruce Taylor
349Barty Smith
350Drew Pearson
351Mike Webster
352Bobby Hammond
353Dave Mays
354Pat McInally
355Toni Linhart
356Larry Hand
357Ted Fritsch Jr.
358Larry Marshall
359Waymond Bryant
360Louie Kelcher RC
361Stanley Morgan RC
362Bruce Harper RC
363Bernard Jackson
364Walter White
365Ken Stabler
366Fred Dryer
367Ike Harris
368Norm Bulaich
369Merv Krakau
370John James
371Bennie Cunningham RC
372Doug Van Horn
373Thom Darden
374Eddie Edwards RC
375Mike Thomas
376Fred Cook
377Mike Phipps
378Paul Krause
379Harold Carmichael
380Mike Haynes
381Wayne Morris
382Greg Buttle
383Jim Zorn
384Jack Dolbin
385Charlie Waters
386Dan Ryczek
387Joe Washington RC
388Checklist 265-396
389James Hunter
390Billy Johnson
391Jim Allen RC
392George Buehler
393Harry Carson
394Cleo Miller
395Gary Burley
396Mark Moseley
397Virgil Livers
398Joe Ehrmann
399Freddie Solomon
400O.J.Simpson
401Julius Adams
402Artimus Parker
403Gene Washington 49er
404Herman Edwards
405Craig Morton
406Alan Page
407Larry McCarren
408Tony Galbreath
409Roman Gabriel
410Efren Herrera
411Jim Smith RC
412Bill Bryant
413Doug Dieken
414Marvin Cobb
415Fred Biletnikoff
416Joe Theismann
417Roland Harper
418Derrel Luce
419Ralph Perretta
420Louis Wright RC
421Prentice McCray
422Garry Puetz
423Alfred Jenkins RC
424Paul Seymour
425Garo Yepremian
426Emmitt Thomas
427Dexter Bussey
428Johnnders
429Ed Too Tall Jones
430Ron Yary
431Frank Lewis
432Jerry Golsteyn
433Clarence Scott
434Pete Johnson RC
435Charle Young
436Harold McLinton
437Noah Jackson
438Bruce Laird
439John Matuszak
440Nat Moore
441Leon Gray
442Jerome Barkum
443Steve Largent
444John Zook
445Preston Pearson
446Conrad Dobler
447Wilbur Summers
448Lou Piccone
449Ron Jaworski
450Jack Ham
451Mick Tingelhoff
452Clyde Powers
453John Hatpelletti
454Dick Ambrose
455Lemar Parrish
456Ronul
457Bob Parsons
458Glenn Doughty
459Don Woods
460Art Shell
461Sam Hunt
462Lawrence Pillers
463Henry Childs
464Roger Wehrli
465Otis Armstrong
466Bob Baumhower RC
467Ray Jarvis
468Guy Morriss
469Matt Blair
470Billy Joe DuPree
471Roland Hooks
472Joe Danelo
473Reggie Rucker
474Vern Holland
475Mel Blount
476Eddie Brown S
477Bo Rather
478Don McCauley
479Glen Walker
480Randy Gradishar
481Dave Rowe
482Pat Leahy
483Mike Fuller
484David Lewis RC
485Steve Grogan
486Mel Gray
487Eddie Payton RC
488Checklist 397-528
489Stu Voigt
490Rolland Lawrence
491Nick Mike-Mayer
492Troy Archer
493Benny Malone
494Golden Richards
495Chris Hanburger
496Dwight Harrison
497Gary Fencik RC
498Richul
499Dan Fouts
500Franco Harris
501Atlanta Falcons Team Leaders
502Baltimore Colts Team Leaders
503Bills Team Leaders / O.J.Simpson
504Bears Team Leaders / Walter Payton
505Bengals Team Leaders / Reg.Williams
506Cleveland Browns Team Leaders
507Cowboys Team Leaders / T.Dorsett
508Denver Broncos Team Leaders
509Detroit Lions Team Leaders
510Green Bay Packers Team Leaders
511Houston Oilers Team Leaders
512Kansas City Chiefs Team Leaders
513Los Angeles Rams Team Leaders
514Miami Dolphins Team Leaders
515Minnesota Vikings Team Leaders
516New England Patriots Team Leaders
517New Orleansints Team Leaders
518New York Giants Team Leaders
519Jets Team Leaders / Wesley Walker
520Oakland Raiders Team Leaders
521Philadelphia Eagles Team Leaders
522Steelers Team Leaders / Harris / Blount
523St.Louis Cardinals Team Leaders
524San Diego Chargers Team Leaders
525San Francisco 49ers Team Leaders
526Seahawks Team Leaders / S.Largent
527Tampa Bay Bucs Team Leaders
528Redskins Team Leaders / Ken Houston

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