Gallery: 60 Years of Topps football cards



The 60th-consecutive release of Topps football came out last week. Since 1956, the American icon has marked the times for generations of fans and card collectors. There certainly have been some legendary players, dynasties and countless memories made over the last six decades. Here is a 60-card tribute to the brand, from 1956 to 2015.

See them all … after the jump.


1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964

1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012201320142015


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  1. David D 1 September, 2015 at 22:15

    Great selection of cards…. and to think, not one of these cards cost $30.00 a piece coming out of a 2015 pack of these cards. It will be a sad day for me if Topps goes by the wayside; especially if a new “collector friendly” company does not take their place amongst traditional card collectors and set builders.

  2. Tom 2 September, 2015 at 09:03

    Very nice gallery.

    Although Topps has lost its NFL license, I had hopes that their 60th anniversary might spark inserts or even a nice separate product like their 50th anniversary did (such as the 1955 All-American format used at their 50th). As a Browns team collector for that entire 60 year run, the best reflection Topps provided me was Duke Johnson on a 1968 retro card. No Bernie Kosars, no Jim Browns, no Leroy Kellys, no Ozzie Newsomes, no Otto Grahams, just one unproven rookie. My perception at first blush, without researching if Topps is doing anything more to celebrate sixty years of licensing, is that they mailed it in as to their last year with the NFL.

    I have stopped collecting the NFL, from any manufacturer, due to the high level of misbehavior as compared to baseball (if readers have a different view, please save it, as that is just my view). I would have bought a retro product with lots of NFLers (Browns and other teams) over the past sixty years though as a final look at Topps NFL license.

  3. Mike Pereira 2 September, 2015 at 09:13

    WOW now I see that Topps has really not given a care the past couple of years. From Matt Stafford on those cards look almost the same boring version.

    You can visually see that Topps start out caring about the cards and creating something different every year. And there were some hits and misses in the 80’s and 90’s but overall good cards with good photos. But ever since Topps went corporate and the hobby moved toward hits instead of card design and inserts the quality has gone way down. The last good cards to come out from Topps seems to be the early 2000’s.

  4. Mike Pereira 2 September, 2015 at 09:25

    Why did Topps switch from their cards being photos of players were you mostly see their face and expression to a full uniforms. The best one’s I think are the early Topps where you see their faces and expressions. Come on just look at the Bo Jackson, Barry Sanders, Edgerrin James, Marcus Allen, Walter Payton, and Ronnie Lott. You see the designer of the card wanting to put a photo of the player that best reflect the player’s personality. Which make them more iconic cards than just some card with the player and his name on it.

  5. David Johnson 2 September, 2015 at 15:29

    All those lovely rookies, and then there is the 1991 John Elway and 1992 Brett Favre (technically not a rookie, but it is his first Topps main set card, since Stadium Club is a different Topps product). Though I am not sure what better card to pick from either of those years.

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