1988 Topps Football Cards

1988 Topps Football Cards

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1988 Topps Football might not be high on the collecting list for cards from the 1980s, but the product makes for a fun budget break and allows collectors a shot at base cards for some of the top players from the era. More recently, the simple base design was featured in 2013 Archives Football.

Even with 396 cards, the 1988 Topps Football rookie checklist is not incredibly deep. The Bo Jackson rookie is the clear top card found in the product. Other key rookies include Vinny Testaverde and Hall of Fame defensive end, Chris Doleman. Jerry Rice, Joe Montana and Dan Marino are among the best veteran options found in the set.

1988 Topps Football Bo Jackson RC Image

The 1988 Topps design is not as well-loved as other designs from this period. The rounded border leaves a lot of white, which can make centering a problem. Instead of referencing the specific NFL team by name, each player is identified by his name and a team helmet. The card backs are dominated by a faded blue color, with the player's biographical information on the top and stats listed on the bottom.

Falling one per pack, 1000 Yard Club glossy cards consist of 24 players who either reached the mark by receiving or rushing. The only other option is literally printed on the bottom of the card boxes and cut by hand. The total Box Bottoms checklist includes 16 cards, with two payers on each card. Each box includes four cards.

Traditional 1988 Topps Football wax boxes include 36 packs, with 16 cards per pack, while cello boxes include 24 packs and 30 cards per pack. Both the wax and cello packs include a stick of gum. Lastly, rack pack boxes include 24 packs per box, and 43 cards per pack.

With limited prominent rookies and a high production rate, 1988 Topps Football maintains low values and are still easily found today.

Key 1988 Topps Football Cards:

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1988 Topps #244 Clyde Simmons rc PSA 10 Gem
$25.00
2814503089514040 1 Image
1988 TOPPS DALLAS COWBOYS TONY DORSETT Herschel Walker, Jeffcoat, Bates, Walls
$5.99
3808344715164040 1 Image
1988 TOPPS #189 DOLPHINS TEAM LDRS. DAN MARINO PSA 10 F1532468
$13.99
3509915149884040 1 Image
1988 Topps Vinny Testaverde #352 Football graded 8.5 NM-MT+
$8.00
2516578549994040 1 Image
1988 TOPPS #66 PAT SWILLING RC *BGS(8.5) NM-MT+ w 2 9.5 SUBS* SAINTS ROOKIE CARD
$9.84
2213681109924040 1 Image
1988 Topps Joe Montana San Francisco 49ers #38 at 9 Mint
$10.00
2313233800734040 1 Image
Vintage 1988 Topps #352 Vinny Testaverde Football Rookie Card Bucs RC NM MT S114
$5.25
3215338732334040 1 Image
CHRIS DOLEMAN PSA MINT 9 1988 TOPPS ROOKIE CARD #157 HOF VIKINGS
$9.99
1114722003964040 1 Image
Bo Jackson 1988 Topps # 325 Raiders Learders Rookie GMA Gem Mint 10
$12.99
1114723404274040 1 Image
BO JACKSON 1988 TOPPS FOOTBALL ROOKIE RC PSA 9 MINT OAKLAND RAIDERS
$11.05
3511807064454040 1 Image
ERIC DICKERSON 1988 Topps TEAM LEADER #116 *BGS 9 MINT w 9.5 Sub* COLTS (HOF)
$9.75
2716180544964040 1 Image
JERRY RICE 1988 Topps #43 '3rd YEAR' AP Card *BGS 9 MT w 9.5* 49er's GREAT (HOF)
$13.89
3511807280364040 1 Image
1988 Topps STEVE YOUNG #39 '3rd YEAR' *BGS 9 MINT* 49ER's 3RD YR CARD (HOF)
$8.99
3905584345834040 1 Image
1988 TOPPS #66 PAT SWILLING RC (NEW ORLEANS SAINTS) PSA 9 MINT
$25.00
1211087054754040 1 Image
1991 WILD CARD 100 STRIPE CORNELIOUS BENNETT +18CT 1988 TOPPS RC
$12.44
2712370539584040 1 Image
Bo Jackson 1988 Topps #327 RC graded GMA 10 HBV $100
$19.99
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Set Checklist

1988 Topps Football Checklist

Base Set Checklist

Featuring 396 cards.

1 Super Bowl XXII
2 Vencie Glenn RB
3 Steve Largent RB
4 Joe Montana RB
5 Walter Payton RB
6 Jerry Rice RB
7 Kelvin Bryant TL
8 Doug Williams
9 George Rogers
10 Kelvin Bryant
11 Timmy Smith SR
12 Art Monk
13 Gary Clark
14 Ricky Sanders RC
15 Steve Cox
16 Joe Jacoby
17 Charles Mann
18 Dave Butz
19 Darrell Green
20 Dexter Manley
21 Barry Wilburn
22 Sammy Winder TL
23 John Elway
24 Sammy Winder
25 Vance Johnson
26 Mark Jackson RC
27 Ricky Nattiel RC
28 Clarence Kay
29 Rich Karlis UER
30 Keith Bishop
31 Mike Horan
32 Rulon Jones
33 Karl Mecklenburg
34 Jim Ryan
35 Mark Haynes
36 Mike Harden
37 Roger Craig TL
38 Joe Montana
39 Steve Young
40 Roger Craig
41 Tom Rathman RC
42 Joe Cribbs
43 Jerry Rice
44 Mike Wilson RC
45 Ron Heller RC
46 Ray Wersching
47 Michael Carter
48 Dwaine Board
49 Michael Walter
50 Don Griffin
51 Ronnie Lott
52 Charles Haley
53 Dana McLemore
54 Bobby Hebert TL
55 Bobby Hebert
56 Rueben Mayes
57 Dalton Hilliard RC
58 Eric Martin
59 John Tice RC
60 Brad Edelman
61 Morten Andersen
62 Brian Hansen
63 Mel Gray RC
64 Rickey Jackson
65 Sam Mills RC
66 Pat Swilling RC
67 Dave Waymer
68 Willie Gault TL
69 Jim McMahon
70 Mike Tomczak RC
71 Neal Anderson RC
72 Willie Gault
73 Dennis Gentry
74 Dennis McKinnon
75 Kevin Butler
76 Jim Covert
77 Jay Hilgenberg
78 Steve McMichael
79 William Perry
80 Richard Dent
81 Ron Rivera RC
82 Mike Singletary
83 Dan Hampton
84 Dave Duerson
85 Bernie Kosar TL
86 Bernie Kosar
87 Earnest Byner
88 Kevin Mack
89 Webster Slaughter RC
90 Gerald McNeil
91 Brian Brennan
92 Ozzie Newsome
93 Cody Risien
94 Bob Golic
95 Carl Hairston
96 Mike Johnson RC
97 Clay Matthews
98 Frank Minnifield
99 Hanford Dixon
100 Dave Puzzuoli
101 Felix Wright RC
102 Warren Moon TL
103 Warren Moon
104 Mike Rozier
105 Alonzo Highsmith RC
106 Drew Hill
107 Ernest Givins
108 Curtis Duncan RC
109 Tony Zendejas RC
110 Mike Munchak
111 Kent Hill
112 Ray Childress
113 Al Smith RC
114 Keith Bostic RC
115 Jeff Donaldson
116 Eric Dickerson TL
117 Jack Trudeau
118 Eric Dickerson
119 Albert Bentley
120 Matt Bouza
121 Bill Brooks
122 Dean Biasucci RC
123 Chris Hinton
124 Ray Donaldson
125 Ron Solt RC
126 Donnell Thompson
127 Barry Krauss RC
128 Duane Bickett
129 Mike Prior RC
130 Curt Warner TL
131 Dave Krieg
132 Curt Warner
133 John L. Williams
134 Bobby Joe Edmonds
135 Steve Largent
136 Raymond Butler
137 Norm Johnson
138 Ruben Rodriguez
139 Blair Bush
140 Jacob Green
141 Joe Nash
142 Jeff Bryant
143 Fredd Young
144 Brian Bosworth RC
145 Kenny Easley
146 Tommy Kramer TL
147 Wade Wilson RC
148 Tommy Kramer
149 Darrin Nelson
150 D.J. Dozier RC
151 Anthony Carter
152 Leo Lewis
153 Steve Jordan
154 Gary Zimmerman
155 Chuck Nelson
156 Henry Thomas RC
157 Chris Doleman RC
158 Scott Studwell RC
159 Jesse Solomon RC
160 Joey Browner
161 Neal Guggemos
162 Louis Lipps TL
163 Mark Malone
164 Walter Abercrombie
165 Earnest Jackson
166 Frank Pollard
167 Dwight Stone RC
168 Gary Anderson
169 Harry Newsome RC
170 Keith Willis
171 Keith Gary
172 David Little RC
173 Mike Merriweather
174 Dwayne Woodruff
175 Irving Fryar TL
176 Steve Grogan
177 Tony Eason
178 Tony Collins
179 Mosi Tatupu
180 Stanley Morgan
181 Irving Fryar
182 Stephen Starring
183 Tony Franklin
184 Rich Camarillo
185 Garin Veris
186 Andre Tippett
187 Ronnie Lippett
188 Fred Marion
189 Dan Marino TL
190 Dan Marino
191 Troy Stradford RC
192 Lorenzo Hampton
193 Mark Duper
194 Mark Clayton
195 Reggie Roby
196 Dwight Stephenson
197 T.J. Turner RC
198 John Bosa RC
199 Jackie Shipp
200 John Offerdahl
201 Mark Brown
202 Paul Lankford
203 Kellen Winslow TL
204 Tim Spencer
205 Gary Anderson
206 Curtis Adams
207 Lionel James
208 Chip Banks
209 Kellen Winslow
210 Ralf Mojsiejenko
211 Jim Lachey
212 Lee Williams
213 Billy Ray Smith
214 Vencie Glenn RC
215 Passing Leaders
216 Receiving Leaders
217 Rushing Leaders
218 Scoring Leaders
219 Interception Leaders
220 Jim Kelly TL
221 Jim Kelly
222 Ronnie Harmon RC
223 Robb Riddick
224 Andre Reed
225 Chris Burkett RC
226 Pete Metzelaars
227 Bruce Smith
228 Darryl Talley
229 Eugene Marve
230 Cornelius Bennett RC
231 Mark Kelso RC
232 Shane Conlan RC
233 Randall Cunningham TL
234 Randall Cunningham
235 Keith Byars
236 Anthony Toney RC
237 Mike Quick
238 Kenny Jackson
239 John Spagnola
240 Paul McFadden
241 Reggie White
242 Ken Clarke
243 Mike Pitts
244 Clyde Simmons RC
245 Seth Joyner RC
246 Andre Waters
247 Jerome Brown RC
248 Stump Mitchell TL
249 Neil Lomax
250 Stump Mitchell
251 Earl Ferrell
252 Vai Sikahema
253 J.T. Smith
254 Roy Green
255 Robert Awalt RC
256 Freddie Joe Nunn
257 Leonard Smith RC
258 Travis Curtis
259 Herschel Walker TL
260 Danny White
261 Herschel Walker
262 Tony Dorsett
263 Doug Cosbie
264 Roger Ruzek RC
265 Darryl Clack
266 Ed Too Tall Jones
267 Jim Jeffcoat
268 Everson Walls
269 Bill Bates
270 Michael Downs
271 Mark Bavaro TL
272 Phil Simms
273 Joe Morris
274 Lee Rouson
275 George Adams
276 Lionel Manuel
277 Mark Bavaro
278 Raul Allegre
279 Sean Landeta
280 Erik Howard
281 Leonard Marshall
282 Carl Banks
283 Pepper Johnson
284 Harry Carson
285 Lawrence Taylor
286 Terry Kinard
287 Jim Everett TL
288 Jim Everett
289 Charles White
290 Ron Brown
291 Henry Ellard
292 Mike Lansford
293 Dale Hatcher
294 Doug Smith
295 Jackie Slater
296 Jim Collins
297 Jerry Gray
298 Leroy Irvin
299 Nolan Cromwell
300 Kevin Greene RC
301 Ken O'Brien TL
302 Ken O'Brien
303 Freeman McNeil
304 Johnny Hector
305 Al Toon
306 Jo Jo Townsell RC
307 Mickey Shuler
308 Pat Leahy
309 Roger Vick
310 Alex Gordon RC
311 Troy Benson
312 Bob Crable
313 Harry Hamilton
314 Phillip Epps TL
315 Randy Wright
316 Kenneth Davis
317 Phillip Epps
318 Walter Stanley
319 Frankie Neal
320 Don Bracken
321 Brian Noble RC
322 Johnny Holland RC
323 Tim Harris
324 Mark Murphy
325 Bo Jackson TL
326 Marc Wilson
327 Bo Jackson RC 
328 Marcus Allen
329 James Lofton
330 Todd Christensen
331 Chris Bahr
332 Stan Talley
333 Howie Long
334 Sean Jones
335 Matt Millen
336 Stacey Toran
337 Vann McElroy
338 Greg Townsend
339 Boomer Esiason TL
340 Boomer Esiason
341 Larry Kinnebrew
342 Stanford Jennings RC
343 Eddie Brown
344 Jim Breech
345 Anthony Munoz
346 Scott Fulhage RC
347 Tim Krumrie RC
348 Reggie Williams
349 David Fulcher RC
350 James Wilder TL
351 Frank Garcia
352 Vinny Testaverde RC
353 James Wilder
354 Jeff Smith
355 Gerald Carter
356 Calvin Magee
357 Donald Igwebuike
358 Ron Holmes RC
359 Chris Washington
360 Ervin Randle
361 Bill Kenney TL
362 Bill Kenney
363 Christian Okoye RC
364 Paul Palmer
365 Stephone Paige
366 Carlos Carson
367 Kelly Goodburn RC
368 Bill Maas
369 Mike Bell
370 Dino Hackett RC
371 Deron Cherry
372 James Jones TL
373 Chuck Long
374 Garry James
375 James Jones
376 Pete Mandley
377 Gary Lee RC
378 Eddie Murray
379 Jim Arnold
380 Dennis Gibson RC
381 Michael Cofer
382 James Griffin
383 Atlanta Falcons TL
384 Scott Campbell
385 Gerald Riggs
386 Floyd Dixon RC
387 Rick Donnelly
388 Bill Fralic
389 Major Everett
390 Mike Gann
391 Tony Casillas RC
392 Rick Bryan
393 John Rade RC
394 Checklist 1-132
395 Checklist 133-264
396 Checklist 265-396
1988 Topps Football base Image

1000 Yard Club Checklist

Featuring 28 cards.

 1 Charles White
2 Eric Dickerson
3 J.T. Smith
4 Jerry Rice
5 Gary Clark
6 Carlos Carson
7 Drew Hill
8 Curt Warner
9 Al Toon
10 Mike Rozier
11 Ernest Givins
12 Anthony Carter
13 Rueben Mayes
14 Steve Largent
 15 Herschel Walker
16 James Lofton
17 Gerald Riggs
18 Mark Bavaro
19 Roger Craig
20 Webster Slaughter
21 Henry Ellard
22 Mike Quick
23 Stump Mitchell
24 Eric Martin
25 Mark Clayton
26 Chris Burkett
27 Marcus Allen
28 Andre Reed
1988 Topps Football 1000 Yard Club Image

Box Bottoms Checklist

Featuring 16 cards.
1988 Topps Football Box Bottoms Image

A Vinny Testaverde / Jason Buck
B Dean Steinkuhler / Dave Rimington
C George Rogers / Mark May
D Kenneth Sims / Hugh Green
E Cornelius Bennett / Tony Casillas
F Bo Jackson / Mike Ruth
G Ross Browner / Randy White
H Doug Flutie / Bruce Smith
 I Herschel Walker / Dave Rimington
J Jim Plunkett / Randy White
K Charles White / Jim Ritcher
L Brad Budde / Bruce Clark
M Marcus Allen / Dave Rimington
N Mike Rozier / Dean Steinkuhler
O Tony Dorsett / Ross Browner
P Checklist

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3013014186524040 1 Image
1988 Topps #244 Clyde Simmons rc PSA 10 Gem
$25.00
3808344715164040 1 Image
1988 TOPPS #189 DOLPHINS TEAM LDRS. DAN MARINO PSA 10 F1532468
$13.99
2516578549994040 1 Image
1988 TOPPS #66 PAT SWILLING RC *BGS(8.5) NM-MT+ w 2 9.5 SUBS* SAINTS ROOKIE CARD
$9.84
3215338732334040 1 Image
CHRIS DOLEMAN PSA MINT 9 1988 TOPPS ROOKIE CARD #157 HOF VIKINGS
$9.99
1114723404274040 1 Image
BO JACKSON 1988 TOPPS FOOTBALL ROOKIE RC PSA 9 MINT OAKLAND RAIDERS
$11.05
3511807064454040 1 Image
ERIC DICKERSON 1988 Topps TEAM LEADER #116 *BGS 9 MINT w 9.5 Sub* COLTS (HOF)
$9.75
2716180544964040 1 Image
JERRY RICE 1988 Topps #43 '3rd YEAR' AP Card *BGS 9 MT w 9.5* 49er's GREAT (HOF)
$13.89
3511807280364040 1 Image
1988 Topps STEVE YOUNG #39 '3rd YEAR' *BGS 9 MINT* 49ER's 3RD YR CARD (HOF)
$8.99
3905584345834040 1 Image
1988 TOPPS #66 PAT SWILLING RC (NEW ORLEANS SAINTS) PSA 9 MINT
$25.00
1913480925504040 1 Image
1988 TOPPS JOE MONTANA PSA 9 MINT 49ERS
$14.99
3610401157714040 1 Image
1988 TOPPS #144 BRIAN BOSWORTH RC SEAHAWKS PSA 9 F1812178-157
$6.99
3610401428544040 1 Image
1988 TOPPS #118 ERIC DICKERSON COLTS HOF PSA 10 F1787558-992
$7.99
3511625904214040 1 Image
1988 Topps Stickers #64 Joe Montana Clay Matthews BGS 8.5 subs 8.5 9.5 9.5 8
$7.00
1112732778244040 1 Image
1988 Topps Football #209 Kellen Winslow PSA 10 - HOF
$14.98
2615833084014040 1 Image
1988 TOPPS #262 TONY DORSETT COWBOYS HOF PSA 10 F1650524-905
$12.99
1112524472244040 1 Image
1988 TOPPS PASSING LEADERS B. KOSER JOE MONTANA #215 PSA 10
$18.03
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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. As an adult, he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim, and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute.

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