1973 Topps Boyhood Photo Cards

August 19th, 2009  |  Published in Football Card Oddities  |  1 Comment

I have always thought that these were odd: they’re boyhood photo cards that were part of the 1973 Topps football card set. It’s a 528-card set, so why are there only three boyhood cards? Why did Topps pick Anderson, Gabriel, and Garrett? Were they the only players whose moms responded to requests for old photos? Did the other moms respond, but their kids weren’t cute enough? Did Topps intend to have a Boyhood Photo insert set and fail to turn up enough photos? Every time I encounter one of these, I wonder how they came to be.

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  1. CPAdave says:

    August 20th, 2009 at 12:11 PM (#)

    I had never seen or heard of these cards before. That really is weird that Topps only went for three guys, especially given that they are not huge superstars and there were so many cards in the set as a whole. It would be interesting to track down a Topps employee from that era to find out if any of your theories are correct.

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