1979 Topps Football Cards

1979 Topps Football Cards

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For the seventh straight year, Topps offered a 528-card set of football players. Once again, the company recycled design elements from a previous set. This time, however, the incorporation of those isn't as obvious and actually gives the cards a nice touch.

Card fronts feature player photos that are mainly sideline shots, with airbrushing used to eliminate any team logos that might appear. A two-colored border frames the picture. At one of the corners is a football that contains the player's position. A ribbon (similar to the one used in 1973, but not running down to the bottom of the card) appears to run behind the football. The player's name and team appear in the other upper corner. The backs return to a vertical format, beginning with a yellow box containing vital stats. A football-shaped icon contains the card number, with the player's name in a purple strip that extends outward from it. The player's position appears below his name. Year-by-year statistics appear for most players, with a biography that fits the empty space. At the bottom is a cartoon about the player.

Members of the previous year's All-Pro squad are given credit for the honor inside the football-shaped icon on the card front. The ball is gold instead of brown and the player's conference noted as well. Each team has a checklist card that features its 1978 leaders in two offensive and defensive categories. Those cards (like the regular checklist cards) are scattered throughout the set. Cards #1-6 feature 1978's leaders in various categories by conference. Cards #166-168 recap the conference championship games and the Super Bowl, while #331-336 showcase highlights of the 1978 NFL season.

Earl Campbell appears on three different cards, which would end up being the only cards ever issued of him during his playing career. James Lofton, Steve DeBerg, Doug Williams and Ozzie Newsome are also featured for the first time. An odd rookie instance also appears on the Steelers' Team Leaders/Checklist card. Tony Dungy is credited as the team's 1978 interception leader. It would be his only appearance on a Topps card during his playing days.

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1979 TOPPS #200 FRAN TARKENTON PSA 8 F1478097
$5.99
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1979 Topps Football (2) Proof Cards Chester Raiders
$65.00
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1979 Topps Football (2) Proof Cards Dave Casper Raiders
$79.00
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1979 TOPPS MEL BLOUNT #275 PITTSBURGH STEELERS PSA 8 NM-MT NQ HOFer!!!
$7.99
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1979 TOPPS ROOKIE CARD James Lofton
$6.00
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1979 Topps EARL CAMPBELL Rookie Card
$26.50
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1979 Topps Washington Redskins Team Set (24) Riggins
$7.95
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1979 Topps, Football, #3 Rushing Leaders, PSA 8 NM - MT, (4084), FB
$11.95



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Set Checklist

1979 Topps Football Card Checklist

Card #Player Name
1Staubach / Bradshaw League Leaders
2S.Largent / R.Young League Leaders
3E.Campbell / W.Payton League Leaders
4Scoring Leaders
5Interception Leaders
6Punting Leaders
7Johnny Perkins
8Charles Phillips
9Derrel Luce
10John Riggins
11Chester Marcol
12Bernard Jackson
13Dave Logan
14Bo Harris
15Alan Page
16John Smith
17Dwight McDonald
18John Hatpelletti
19Steelers Team Leaders / Harris / Dungy
20Bill Bergey
21Jerome Barkum
22Larry Csonka
23Joe Ferguson
24Ed Too Tall Jones
25Dave Jennings
26Horace King
27Steve Little
28Morris Bradshaw
29Joe Ehrmann
30Ahmad Rashad
31Joe Lavender
32Dan Neal
33Johnny Evans
34Pete Johnson
35Mike Haynes
36Tim Mazzetti
37Mike Barber RC
3849ers Team Leaders / O.J.Simpson
39Bill Gregory
40Randy Gradishar
41Richard Todd
42Henry Marshall
43John Hill
44Sidney Thornton
45Ron Jessie
46Bob Baumhower
47Johnnie Gray
48Doug Williams RC
49Don McCauley
50Ray Guy
51Bob Klein
52Golden Richards
53Mark Miller QB
54Johnnders
55Gary Burley
56Steve Nelson
57Buffalo Bills Team Leaders
58Bobby Bryant
59Rick Kane
60Larry Little
61Ted Fritsch Jr.
62Larry Mallory
63Marvin Powell
64Jim Hart
65Joe Greene
66Walter White
67Gregg Bingham
68Errol Mann
69Bruce Laird
70Drew Pearson
71Steve Bartkowski
72Ted Albrecht
73Charlie Hall
74Pat McInally
75Bubba Baker RC
76New England Pats Team Leaders
77Steve DeBerg RC
78John Yarno
79Stu Voigt
80Frank Corral
81Troy Archer
82Bruce Harper
83Tom Jackson
84Larry Brown
85Wilbert Montgomery RC
86Butch Johnson
87Mike Kadish
88Ralph Perretta
89David Lee
90Mark Van Eeghen
91John McDaniel
92Gary Fencik
93Mack Mitchell
94Cincinnati Bengals Team Leaders / Jauron
95Steve Grogan
96Garo Yepremian
97Barty Smith
98Frank Reed
99Jim Clack
100Chuck Foreman
101Joe Klecko
102Pat Tilley
103Conrad Dobler
104Craig Colquitt
105Dan Pastorini
106Rod Perry
107Nick Mike-Mayer
108John Matuszak
109David Taylor
110Billy Joe DuPree
111Harold McLinton
112Virgil Livers
113Cleveland Browns Team Leaders
114Checklist 1-132
115Ken Anderson
116Bill Lenkaitis
117Bucky Dilts
118Tony Greene
119Bobby Hammond
120Nat Moore
121Pat Leahy
122James Harris
123Lee Roy Selmon
124Bennie Cunningham
125Matt Blair
126Jim Allen
127Alfred Jenkins
128Arthur Whittington
129Norm Thompson
130Pat Haden
131Freddie Solomon
132Bears Team Leaders / W.Payton
133Mark Moseley
134Cleo Miller
135Ross Browner RC
136Don Calhoun
137David Whitehurst
138Terry Beeson
139Ken Stone
140Brad Van Pelt
141Wesley Walker
142Jan Stenerud
143Henry Childs
144Otis Armstrong
145Dwight White
146Steve Wilson
147Tom Skladany RC
148Lou Piccone
149Monte Johnson
150Joe Washington
151Eagles Team Leaders / W.Montgomery
152Fred Dean
153Rolland Lawrence
154Brian Baschnagel
155Joe Theismann
156Marvin Cobb
157Dick Ambrose
158Mike Patrick
159Gary Shirk
160Tony Dorsett
161Greg Buttle
162A.J. Duhe
163Mick Tingelhoff
164Ken Burrough
165Mike Wagner
166AFC Champs / F.Harris
167NFC Championship
168Super Bowl XIII / Harris
169Raiders Team Leaders / Ted Hendricks
170O.J.Simpson
171Doug Nettles
172Dan Dierdorf
173Dave Beverly
174Jim Zorn
175Mike Thomas
176John Outlaw
177Jim Turner
178Freddie Scott
179Mike Phipps
180Jack Youngblood
181Sam Hunt
182Tony Hill RC
183Gary Barbaro
184Archie Griffin
185Jerry Sherk
186Bobby Jackson
187Don Woods
188New York Giants Team Leaders
189Raymond Chester
190Joe DeLamielleure
191Tony Galbreath
192Robert Brazile
193Neil O'Donoghue
194Mike Webster
195Ed Simonini
196Benny Malone
197Tom Wittum
198Steve Largent
199Tommy Hart
200Fran Tarkenton
201Leon Gray
202Leroy Harris
203Eric Williams
204Thom Darden
205Ken Riley
206Clark Gaines
207Kansas City Chiefs Team Leaders
208Joe Danelo
209Glen Walker
210Art Shell
211Jon Keyworth
212Herman Edwards
213John Fitzgerald
214Jim Smith
215Coy Bacon
216Dennis Johnson RBK RC
217John Jefferson RC
218Gary Weaver
219Tom Blanchard
220Bert Jones
221Stanley Morgan
222James Hunter
223Jim O'Bradovich
224Carl Mauck
225Chris Bahr
226Jets Team Leaders / Wesley Walker
227Roland Harper
228Randy Dean
229Bob Jackson
230Sammie White
231Mike Dawson
232Checklist 133-264
233Ken MacAfee RC
234Jon Kolb
235Willie Hall
236Ronul
237Haskel Stanback
238Zenon Andrusyshyn
239Norris Thomas
240Rick Upchurch
241Robert Pratt
242Julius Adams
243Rich McGeorge
244Seahawks Team Leaders / S.Largent
245Blair Bush RC
246Billy Johnson
247Randy Rasmussen
248Brian Kelley
249Mike Pruitt
250Harold Carmichael
251Mike Hartenstine
252Robert Newhouse
253Gary Danielson RC
254Mike Fuller
255L.C.Greenwood
256Lemar Parrish
257Ike Harris
258Ricky Bell RC
259Willie Parker C
260Gene Upshaw
261Glenn Doughty
262Steve Zabel
263Atlanta Falcons Team Leaders
264Ray Wersching
265Lawrence McCutcheon
266Willie Buchanon
267Matt Robinson
268Reggie Rucker
269Doug Van Horn
270Lydell Mitchell
271Vern Holland
272Eason Ramson
273Steve Towle
274Jim Marshall
275Mel Blount
276Bob Kuziel
277James Scott
278Tony Reed
279Dave Green
280Toni Linhart
281Andy Johnson
282Los Angeles Rams Team Leaders
283Phil Villapiano
284Dexter Bussey
285Craig Morton
286Guy Morriss
287Lawrence Pillers
288Gerald Irons
289Scott Perry
290Randy White
291Jack Gregory
292Bob Chandler
293Rich Szaro
294Sherman Smith
295Tom Banks
296Revie Sorey
297Ricky Thompson
298Ron Yary
299Lyle Blackwood
300Franco Harris
301Oilers Team Leaders / E.Campbell
302Scott Bull
303Dewey Selmon
304Jack Rudnay
305Fred Biletnikoff
306Jeff West
307Shafer Suggs
308Ozzie Newsome RC
309Boobie Clark
310James Lofton RC
311Joe Pisarcik
312Bill Simpson
313Haven Moses
314Jim Merlo
315Preston Pearson
316Larry Tearry
317Tom Dempsey
318Greg Latta
319Redskins Team Leaders / John Riggins
320Jack Ham
321Harold Jackson
322George Roberts
323Ron Jaworski
324Jim Otis
325Roger Carr
326Jack Tatum
327Derrick Gaffney
328Reggie Williams
329Doug Dieken
330Efren Herrera
331Earl Campbell RB
332Tony Galbreath RB
333Bruce Harper RB
334John James RB
335Walter Payton RB
336Rickey Young RB
337Jeff Van Note
338Chargers Team Leaders / J.Jefferson
339Stan Walters RC
340Louis Wright
341Horace Ivory
342Andre Tillman
343Greg Coleman RC
344Doug English RC
345Ted Hendricks
346Richul
347Mel Gray
348Toni Fritsch
349Cornell Webster
350Ken Houston
351Ron Johnson DB RC
352Doug Kotar
353Brian Sipe
354Billy Brooks
355John Dutton
356Don Goode
357Detroit Lions Team Leaders
358Reuben Gant
359Bob Parsons
360Cliff Harris
361Raymond Clayborn
362Scott Dierking
363Bill Bryan
364Mike Livingston
365Otis Sistrunk
366Charle Young
367Keith Wortman
368Checklist 265-396
369Mike Michel
370Delvin Williams
371Steve Furness
372Emery Moorehead
373Clarence Scott
374Rufus Mayes
375Chris Hanburger
376Baltimore Colts Team Leaders
377Bob Avellini
378Jeff Siemon
379Roland Hooks
380Russ Francis
381Roger Wehrli
382Joe Fields
383Archie Manning
384Rob Lytle
385Thomas Henderson
386Morris Owens
387Dan Fouts
388Chuck Crist
389Ed O'Neil
390Earl Campbell RC
391Randy Grossman
392Monte Jackson
393John Mendenhall
394Miami Dolphins Team Leaders
395Isaac Curtis
396Mike Bragg
397Doug Plank
398Mike Barnes
399Calvin Hill
400Roger Staubach
401Doug Beaudoin
402Chuck Ramsey
403Mike Hogan
404Mario Clark
405Riley Odoms
406Carl Eller
407Packers Team Leaders / J.Lofton
408Mark Arneson
409Vince Ferragamo RC
410Cleveland Elam
411Donnie Shell RC
412Ray Rhodes
413Don Cockroft
414Don Bass
415Cliff Branch
416Diron Talbert
417Tom Hicks
418Roosevelt Leaks
419Charlie Joiner
420Lyle Alzado
421Sam Cunningham
422Larry Keller
423Jim Mitchell TE
424Randy Logan
425Jim Langer
426Gary Green
427Luther Blue
428Dennis Johnson
429Danny White
430Roy Gerela
431Jimmy Robinson
432Minnesota Vikings Team Leaders
433Oliver Davis
434Lenvil Elliott
435Willie Miller RC
436Brad Dusek
437Bob Thomas
438Ken Mendenhall
439Clarence Davis
440Bob Griese
441Tony McGee DT
442Ed Taylor
443Ron Howard
444Wayne Morris
445Charlie Waters
446Rick Danmeier
447Paul Naumoff
448Keith Krepfle
449Rusty Jackson
450John Stallworth
451New Orleansints Team Leaders
452Ron Mikolajczyk
453Fred Dryer
454Jim LeClair
455Greg Pruitt
456Jake Scott
457Steve Schubert
458George Kunz
459Mike Williams
460Dave Casper
461Sam Adams OL
462Abdullaam
463Terdell Middleton
464Mike Wood
465Bill Thompson
466Larry Gordon
467Benny Ricardo
468Reggie McKenzie
469Cowboys Team Leaders / T.Dorsett
470Rickey Young
471Charlie Smith WR
472Al Dixon
473Tom DeLeone
474Louis Breeden
475Jack Lambert
476Terry Hermeling
477J.K. McKay
478Stan White
479Terry Nelson
480Walter Payton
481Dave Dalby
482Burgess Owens
483Rolf Benirschke
484Jack Dolbin
485John Hannah
486Checklist 397-528
487Greg Landry
488St. Louis Cardinals Team Leaders
489Paul Krause
490John James
491Merv Krakau
492Dan Doornink
493Curtis Johnson
494Rafael Septien
495Jean Fugett
496Frank LeMaster
497Allan Ellis
498Billy Waddy RC
499Hank Bauer
500Terry Bradshaw Error
501Larry McCarren
502Fred Cook
503Chuck Muncie
504Herman Weaver
505Eddie Edwards
506Tony Peters
507Denver Broncos Team Leaders
508Jimbo Elrod
509David Hill
510Harvey Martin
511Terry Miller
512June Jones RC
513Randy Cross
514Duriel Harris
515Harry Carson
516Tim Fox
517John Zook
518Bob Tucker
519Kevin Long RC
520Ken Stabler
521John Bunting
522Rocky Bleier
523Noah Jackson
524Cliff Parsley
525Louie Kelcher
526Bucs Team Leaders / Ricky Bell
527Bob Brudzinski RC
528Danny Buggs

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