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1972 Topps Football Cards

By Patrick Mondout

O-Pee-Chee once again produced a set of CFL cards, but the big news was Topps larger set. Topps added nearly 90 cards to the 1972 set, which allowed them enough space to have subsets of All-Pros and of action shots called "Pro Action." The set is also remembered for having a large number of horizontal cards, which usually featured game photography (see Pro Action card below). The lack of action shots had long been a criticism of Topps cards.

This was the last Topps set to be in serially instead of all at once. It is one of the most valuable sets of the decade. Not coincentally, rookie cards of Roger Staubach, Archie Manning, Jim Plunkett, John Riggins, Charlie Joiner, L.C. Greenwood, Lyle Alzado, Ted "Mad Stork" Hendricks, Gene Upshaw, Ron Yary and Steve Spurrier are included.

1972 Topps at a Glance
Back Checklist Wax Pack
All-Pros Pro Action Super Bowl


Here's a checklist for '72 Topps:

1 AFC Rushing Leaders
2 NFC Rushing Leaders
3 AFC Passing Leaders
4 NFC Passing Leaders
5 AFC Receiving Leaders
6 NFC Receiving Leaders
7 AFC Scoring Leaders
8 NFC Scoring Leaders
9 Jim Kiick
10 Otis Taylor
11 Bobby Joe Green
12 Ken Ellis
13 John Riggins
14 Dave Parks
15 John Hadl
16 Ron Hornsby
17 Chip Myers
18 Billy Kilmer
19 Fred Hoaglin
20 Carl Eller
21 Steve Zabel
22 Vic Washington
23 Len St. Jean
24 Bill Thompson
25 Steve Owens
26 Ken Burrough
27 Mike Clark
28 Willie Brown
29 Checklist
30 Marlin Briscoe
31 Jerry Logan
32 Donny Anderson
33 Rich Mcgeorge
34 Charlie Durkee
35 Willie Lanier
36 Chris Farasopoulos
37 Ron Shanklin
38 Forrest Blue
39 Ken Reaves
40 Roman Gabriel
41 Mac Percival
42 Lem Barney
43 Nick Buoniconti
44 Charlie Gogolak
45 Bill Bradley
46 Joe Jones
47 Dave Williams
48 Pete Athas
49 Virgil Carter
50 Floyd Little
51 Curt Knight
52 Bobby Maples
53 Charlie West
54 Marv Hubbard
55 Archie Manning
56 Jim O'Brien
57 Wayne Patrick
58 Ken Bowman
59 Roger Wehrli
60 Charlie Sanders
61 Jan Stenerud
62 Willie Ellison
63 Walt Sweeney
64 Ron Smith
65 Jim Plunkett
66 Herb Adderley
67 Mike Reid
68 Richard Caster
69 Dave Wilcox
70 Leroy Kelly
71 Bob Lee
72 Verlon Biggs
73 Henry Allison
74 Steve Ramsey
75 Claude Humphrey
76 Bob Grim
77 John Fuqua
78 Ken Houston
79 Checklist
80 Bob Griese
81 Lance Rentzel
82 Ed Podolak
83 Ike Hill
84 George Farmer
85 John Brockington
86 Jim Otto
87 Richard Neal
88 Jim Hart
89 Bob Babich
90 Gene Washington
91 John Zook
92 Bobby Duhon
93 Ted Hendricks
94 Rockne Freitas
95 Larry Brown
96 Mike Phipps
97 Julius Adams
98 Dick Anderson
99 Fred Willis
100 Joe Namath
101 L.C. Greenwood
102 Mark Nordquist
103 Robert Holmes
104 Ron Yary
105 Bob Hayes
106 Lyle Alzado
107 Bob Berry
108 Phil Villapiano
109 Dave Elmendorf
110 Gale Sayers
111 Jim Tyrer
112 Mel Gray
113 Gerry Philbin
114 Bob James
115 Garo Yepremian
116 Dave Robinson
117 Jeff Queen
118 Norm Snead
119 Jim Nance (Pro Action)
120 Terry Bradshaw (Pro Action)
121 Jim Kiick (Pro Action)
122 Roger Staubach (Pro Action)
123 Bo Scott (Pro Action)
124 John Brodie (Pro Action)
125 Rick Volk (Pro Action)
126 John Riggins (Pro Action)
127 Bubba Smith (Pro Action)
128 Roman Gabriel (Pro Action)
129 Calvin Hill (Pro Action)
130 Bill Nelsen (Pro Action)
131 Tom Matte (Pro Action)
132 Bob Griese (Pro Action)
133 AFC Semi-Final
134 NFC Semi-Final
135 AFC Semi-Final
136 NFC Semi-Final
137 AFC Title Game
138 NFC Title Game
139 Super Bowl VI
140 Larry Csonka
141 Rick Volk
142 Roy Jefferson
143 Raymond Chester
144 Bobby Douglass
145 Bob Lilly
146 Harold Jackson
147 Pete Gogolak
148 Art Malone
149 Ed Flanagan
150 Terry Bradshaw
151 MacArthur Lane
152 Jack Snow
153 Al Beauchamp
154 Bob Anderson
155 Ted Kwalick
156 Dan Pastorini
157 Emmitt Thomas
158 Randy Vataha
159 Al Atkinson
160 O.J. Simpson
161 Jackie Smith
162 Ernie Kellerman
163 Dennis Partee
164 Jake Kupp
165 Johnny Unitas
166 Clint Jones
167 Paul Warfield
168 Roland McDole
169 Daryle Lamonica
170 Dick Butkus
171 Jim Butler
172 Mike McCoy
173 Dave Smith
174 Greg Landry
175 Tom Dempsey
176 John Charles
177 Bobby Bell
178 Don Horn
179 Bob Trumpy
180 Duane Thomas
181 Merlin Olsen
182 Dave Herman
183 Jim Nance
184 Pete Beathard
185 Bob Tucker
186 Gene Upshaw
187 Bo Scott
188 J.D. Hill
189 Bruce Gossett
190 Bubba Smith
191 Edd Hargett
192 Gary Garrison
193 Jake Scott
194 Fred Cox
195 Sonny Jurgensen
196 Greg Brezina
197 Ed O'Bradovich
198 John Rowser
199 Altie Taylor
200 Roger Staubach
201 Leroy Keyes
202 Garland Boyette
203 Tom Beer
204 Buck Buchanan
205 Larry Wilson
206 Scott Hunter
207 Ron Johnson
208 Sam Brunelli
209 Deacon Jones
210 Fred Biletnikoff
211 Bill Nelsen
212 George Nock
213 Dan Abramowicz
214 Irv Goode
215 Isiah Robertson
216 Tom Matte
217 Pat Fischer
218 Gene Washington
219 Paul Robinson
220 John Brodie
221 Manny Fernandez
222 Errol Mann
223 Dick Gordon
224 Calvin Hill
225 Fran Tarkenton
226 Jim Turner
227 Jim Mitchell
228 Pete Liske
229 Carl Garrett
230 Joe Greene
231 Gale Gillingham
232 Norm Bulaich
233 Spider Lockhart
234 Ken Willard
235 George Blanda
236 Wayne Mulligan
237 Dave Lewis
238 Dennis Shaw
239 Fair Hooker
240 Larry Little
241 Mike Garrett
242 Glen Ray Hines
243 Myron Pottios
244 Charlie Joiner
245 Len Dawson
246 W.K. Hicks
247 Les Josephson
248 Lance Alworth
249 Frank Nunley
250 Mel Farr (Pro Action)
251 Johnny Unitas (Pro Action)
252 George Farmer (Pro Action)
253 Duane Thomas (Pro Action)
254 John Hadl (Pro Action)
255 Vic Washington (Pro Action)
256 Don Horn (Pro Action)
257 L.C. Greenwood (Pro Action)
258 Bob Lee (Pro Action)
259 Larry Csonka (Pro Action)
260 Mike McCoy (Pro Action)
261 Greg Landry (Pro Action)
262 Ray May (Pro Action)
263 Bobby Douglass (Pro Action)
264 Charlie Sanders (All-Pro)
265 Ron Yary (All-Pro)
266 Rayfield Wright (All-Pro)
267 Larry Little (All-Pro)
268 John Niland (All-Pro)
269 Forrest Blue (All-Pro)
270 Otis Taylor (All-Pro)
271 Paul Warfield (All-Pro)
272 Bob Griese (All-Pro)
273 John Brockington (All-Pro)
274 Floyd Little (All-Pro)
275 Garo Yepremian (All-Pro)
276 Jerrel Wilson (All-Pro)
277 Carl Eller (All-Pro)
278 Bubba Smith (All-Pro)
279 Alan Page (All-Pro)
280 Bob Lilly (All-Pro)
281 Ted Hendricks (All-Pro)
282 Dave Wilcox (All-Pro)
283 Willie Lanier (All-Pro)
284 Jim Johnson (All-Pro)
285 Willie Brown (All-Pro)
286 Bill Bradley (All-Pro)
287 Ken Houston (All-Pro)
288 Mel Farr
289 Kermit Alexander
290 John Gilliam
291 Steve Spurrier
292 Walter Johnson
293 Jack Pardee
294 Checklist
295 Winston Hill
296 Hugo Hollas
297 Ray May
298 Jim Bakken
299 Larry Carwell
300 Alan Page
301 Walt Garrison
302 Mike Lucci
303 Nemiah Wilson
304 Carroll Dale
305 Jim Kanicki
306 Preston Pearson
307 Lemar Parrish
308 Earl Morrall
309 Tommy Nobis
310 Rich Jackson
311 Doug Cunningham
312 Jim Marsalis
313 Jim Beirne
314 Tom Mcneill
315 Milt Morin
316 Rayfield Wright
317 Jerry Levias
318 Travis Williams
319 Edgar Chandler
320 Bob Wallace
321 Delles Howell
322 Emerson Boozer
323 George Atkinson
324 Mike Montler
325 Randy Johnson
326 Mike Curtis
327 Miller Farr
328 Horst Muhlmann
329 John Niland
330 Andy Russell
331 Mercury Morris
332 Jim Johnson
333 Jerrel Wilson
334 Charley Taylor
335 Dick Lebeau
336 Jim Marshall
337 Tom Mack
338 Steve Spurrier (Pro Action)
339 Floyd Little (Pro Action)
340 Len Dawson (Pro Action)
341 Dick Butkus (Pro Action)
342 Larry Brown (Pro Action)
343 Joe Namath (Pro Action)
344 Jim Turner (Pro Action)
345 Doug Cunningham (Pro Action)
346 Edd Hargett (Pro Action)
347 Steve Owens (Pro Action)
348 George Blanda (Pro Action)
349 Ed Podolak (Pro Action)
350 Rich Jackson (Pro Action)
351 Ken Willard (Pro Action)
 

 

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1972 FOOTBALL

Year: 1972

Manufacturer: Topps

# of Cards: 351

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Size: 2 x 3

Image courtesy of Topps


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