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1978 Topps Football Cards

By Patrick Mondout

While Topps had shrunk its basketball sets of the era by nearly two thirds their previous sizes, they held steady in football with this 528 card set. The set had a number of subsets, including the team leader cards with pictures of up to four different players who led the team in various statistical categories - a welcome change from the boring team checklist cards of previous years (the checklists were sent to the back of the cards where they belonged).

With a comparatively weak rookie class, this set is relatively affordable as sets from the Super70s go, and it has simple, well-rounded design that is unique in Topps football card history. Rookie cards include Tony Dorsett, John Stallworth, Fred Dean, Tom Jackson, Joe Klecko and Wesley Walker.

Topps also produced a set of 33 cards for Holsum Bread with one of the most unattractive and uninspired designs of all time. Holsum didn't even bother to ask for their name to be on the cards! Someone in marketing wasn't paying attention.

1978 Topps at a Glance
Back Checklist Wax Pack
Team Leaders Conference Leaders Record Breakers


Here's a checklist:

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

 

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1978 FOOTBALL

Year: 1978

Manufacturer: Topps

# of Cards: 528

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Size: 2 x 3

Image courtesy of Topps


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