New in the Gallery: 1968 Topps Stand Ups

December 9th, 2008  |  Published in Football Card Trivia, New in the Gallery

Yesterday I added 1968 Topps Stand Up cards to the Vintage Football Card Gallery. These were insert cards in 1968 Topps packs, and there are 22 cards in the full set. Each card is perforated around the player’s head and shoulders such that you can punch the player out from the back and stand the card up. Of course, cards that have been punched out are now worth far less that those that remain intact, so it’s best if the cards’ original owners didn’t have any fun with them.

Topps choose a curious group of players for this set. The set contains at most one player per team, and Topps chose Jim Grabowski to represent the Packers over Bart Starr and Ray Nitschke. They also chose Willie Richardson over John Unitas, Jack Concannon over Gale Sayers and Dick Butkus, and Curtis McClinton over Len Dawson. (Topps did feature puzzles of Bart Starr and Len Dawson on the backs of the some of the regular 1968 cards, though.)

There is only one defensive player in the set, Alex Karras. And oddly, Homer Jones appeared in this set but not in the regular set of 1968 Topps cards.

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