New in the Gallery: Virtual Uncut Sheets of 1971 Topps Football Cards

March 1st, 2014  |  Published in Miscut Cards and Uncut Sheets, New in the Gallery

Yesterday I added virtual uncut sheets of 1971 Topps football cards to the Vintage Football Card Gallery. The sheets are not quite complete, but if you happen to have any badly miscut 1971 Topps cards in your collection, perhaps you can help fill in the holes. Click on the image below to see the sheets so far.

The Gallery now includes virtual uncut sheets, partial and whole, for 29 football card sets. For the full list, see one of my previous blog articles, U is for Uncut Sheets.
Virtual uncut sheet of 1971 Topps football cards

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Progress on My 1965 Topps Virtual Uncut Sheet

January 12th, 2014  |  Published in Miscut Cards and Uncut Sheets, New in the Gallery

My friend John recently dug up an ad from an old auction catalog that shows two sections of a sheet of 1965 Topps football cards. This week I incorporated those sections into the 1965 Topps virtual uncut sheet page I had already started. You can check out the page to see my progress. If you happen to see more partial sheets or badly miscut cards that will help the effort, please send me an email.
Virtual uncut sheet of 1965 Topps football cards

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New in the Gallery: A Virtual Uncut Panel of 1965 Topps Football Cards

November 22nd, 2013  |  Published in New in the Gallery

Yesterday I added a virtual uncut panel of 1965 Topps football cards to the Vintage Football Card Gallery. An 1965 Topps uncut panel recently appeared in an online auction, and I used that panel as a model. I have also assembled a few more bits and pieces of the full sheet by looking at badly miscut cards.

The Gallery now includes virtual uncut sheets, partial and whole, for 28 football card sets. For the full list, see one of my previous blog articles, U is for Uncut Sheets.

(Click on the image to see the full virtual sheet.)
Virtual uncut sheet of 1965 Topps football cards

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Another Piece to My Virtual 1965, 1966, and 1967 Philadelphia Virtual Uncut Sheets

July 3rd, 2013  |  Published in New in the Gallery

This week I picked up another piece for my virtual uncut 1965, 1966, and 1967 Philadelphia uncut sheets: the miscut 1966 Philadelphia Steelers team card pictured here. There’s barely enough to tell, but the right side of the shows a little of John David Crow’s card. Here are the two cards together:
Miscut 1966 Philadelphia Steelers Team football card1966 Philadelphia John David Crow football card
I have determined that 1965, 1966, and 1967 Philadelphia uncut sheets all had the same numbering pattern, so the miscut Steelers team card tells me that cards #144 and #175 were together on all three sheets. Those of you who are following my geeky project can see my progress on my Uncut Sheets in Progress page.

I also spotted another card this week that would help me, but it’s part of a large eBay lot, and I’m not quite crazy enough to spend $95 to get it. If you look carefully, you can see a miscut 1967 Brig Owens card in this group of miscellaneous vintage cards. I think the card to its left is John Brodie, but I’m not quite certain. Maybe I can get it if the auction ends without bids.

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Progress on My Virtual Uncut Sheet of 1955 Topps All-Americans

June 24th, 2013  |  Published in New in the Gallery

1955 Topps All-American Bob Odell football cardYesterday, by looking at some miscut cards, I was able to add a few pieces to my virtual uncut sheet of 1955 Topps All-American football cards. One of the miscuts is pictured here: a Bob Odell card with a bit of Elmer Oliphant’s card showing along the bottom. As I find more of these, I hope to be able to piece together the whole 220-card sheet.

Check out my progress, and if you have any miscut cards that might help the effort, please send them my way.

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Progress on My 1965-1967 Philadelphia Virtual Uncut Sheets

April 12th, 2013  |  Published in Miscut Cards and Uncut Sheets, New in the Gallery

Uncut panel of 1966 Philadelphia football cardsA couple of weeks ago I bought this 8-card panel of 1966 Philadelphia football cards in an eBay auction. It provided another piece to the 1965-1967 Philadelphia virtual uncut sheets I have been working on. The project is a little (okay, a lot) geeky, but you can see my progress here.

As it says on my uncut sheet pages, I have concluded that card numbering scheme was the same on 1965, 1966, and 1967 Philadelphia sheets, so finding a piece of one helps with all three. (The 1964 Philadelphia sheet was numbered differently from the other three years, so I have to do that one independently.)

I have also mentioned before that there must be double prints in all four Phildelphia sets, because a full sheet held 264 cards, and there are only 198 cards in each set. That means 66 cards must have been printed twice on each sheet. I have not seen the double prints documented in any price guide, but I am reasonably sure that I know which 1965-1967 cards were double printed, so I have marked the them in the Gallery pages for those sets. Since the numbering scheme was the same on the 1965-1967 Philadelphia sheets, it follows that the same numbers were double prints in all three sets.

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Another Piece for My 1962 Topps Virtual Uncut Sheet

March 15th, 2013  |  Published in New in the Gallery

Miscut 1962 Topps John Unitas football cardYesterday, via an eBay purchase, I obtained another card that will help me figure out how 1962 Topps football cards were arranged on uncut sheets. The John Unitas card shown here has a sliver of Bill Forester’s card on the left. This bit of information let me add the Unitas to a piece of the uncut sheet I already had. To see where the new piece fit, scroll toward the bottom of the 1962 Topps virtual uncut sheet page of the Vintage Football Card Gallery. Another ten years, and I should have it finished!

For other virtual uncut sheets, some completed and some not, see a previous article, U is for Uncut Sheets.

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Another Piece for My 1957 Topps Virtual Uncut Sheet

February 13th, 2013  |  Published in Miscut Cards and Uncut Sheets

Miscut 1957 Topps Fran Rogel football cardBack of miscut 1957 Topps Fran Rogel football cardLast week I invested $2 in a miscut Fran Rogel card I found on eBay. It provided another piece to the 1957 Topps virtual uncut sheet that I am slowly assembling. As you can see, you can’t tell from the front which card was under Rogel’s, but you can tell from the back that the card beneath is Royce Womble.

If you’re following along, you can see my progress on the sheet here.

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More Progress on My 1962 Topps Virtual Uncut Sheet

January 19th, 2013  |  Published in New in the Gallery

Miscut 1962 Topps Boyd Dowler football cardMiscut 1962 Topps Steve Myhra football cardThis week I picked up two more miscut cards that will help me figure out how 1962 Topps football cards were arranged on the uncut sheets. The Boyd Dowler card shown here has a sliver of Roger LeClerc’s card on the right, and the Steve Myhra card has a bit of Joe Walton’s card on the right. Both of these clues let me add on to pieces of the puzzle I already had. You can see my progress on the 1962 Topps virtual uncut sheet page of the Vintage Football Card Gallery. Scroll toward the bottom to see where the new pieces fit.

Why are uncut sheets interesting? See a previous article, U is for Uncut Sheets.

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Progress on My 1961 Topps Virtual Uncut Sheet

January 6th, 2013  |  Published in Uncategorized

You might recall that a couple of weeks ago I bought a lot of crudely hand-cut Baltimore Colts cards on eBay. Included in the lot was the 1961 Topps Raymond Berry card pictured below. The card to the left of the hacked-up Berry card appears to be Frank Ryan, so I was able to add a piece to my slowly growing 1961 Topps virtual uncut sheet. You can see my progress here.

For a full list of the virtual uncut sheets I have worked on, see the bottom of one of my previous blog articles, “U is for Uncut Sheets.”
George Shaw 1961 Topps football cardHand-cut 1961 Topps Raymond Berry football card

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A Start on a 1961 Fleer First Series Virtual Uncut Sheet

December 30th, 2012  |  Published in New in the Gallery

As I wrote last week, I recently won a group of crudely hand-cut 1961 Fleer Baltimore Colts cards on eBay. I thought that by piecing them together, I might be able to figure out the configuration of uncut sheets of first series 1961 Fleer cards. Well, I got the cards, and most of them indeed fit together. Though I haven’t quite figured out what a full sheet looked like, the cards gave me a pretty good clue. You can see the details toward the bottom of my 1961 Fleer virtual uncut sheet page.
Hand-cut 1961 Fleer Baltimore Colts football cards

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Nine Hall of Famers and a Heisman Trophy Winner for $11.50!

December 20th, 2012  |  Published in Interesting eBay Auctions

Hand-cut 1961 Fleer football cardsIn last week’s “Interesting eBay Auctions” article, one of the auctions I featured was a group of sheet-cut and otherwise trimmed 1960s Baltimore Colts cards. Well, I ended up winning the auction myself. Really, for resale, you’re wondering? No, I wanted them because they might help me figure out what a first series 1961 Fleer uncut sheet looked like. I have seen pictures of second series 1961 Fleer sheets (see my 1961 Fleer virtual uncut sheet page), but I haven’t yet seen a first series sheet. I’m hoping that the edges of the hand-cut cards from the eBay lot will fit together such that I can deduce the numbering pattern of the first series sheet.

As a bonus, the lot includes a 1961 Topps Raymond Berry card that is showing part of the card next to it. That should provide another piece to the first series 1961 Topps virtual uncut sheet that I am assembling. Stay tuned; I’ll post what I learn here.

As always, if you encounter uncut panels or miscut cards that you think could help me piece together an old sheet, please send me an email. See the bottom of a previous blog article, “U is for Uncut Sheets,” for a full list of the sheets I have worked on, both complete and incomplete.

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Progress on My 1962 Topps Virtual Uncut Sheet

November 28th, 2012  |  Published in New in the Gallery

Miscut 1962 Topps Bill George football cardI have seen one half of a sheet of 1962 Topps football cards, but not the second half. By looking at badly miscut cards, however, I have been able to start piecing the second half-sheet together. You can tell from this Bill George card, for instance, that Dave Baker’s card was next to it on the uncut sheet. Neither of the cards appear on the one half-sheet I have seen, so they must have been on the second half-sheet.

To see the layout of the first half-sheet and my progress on the second half-sheet, see my 1962 Topps virtual uncut sheet page. For a full list of the virtual uncut sheets I have assembled, see a previous blog article, U is for Uncut Sheets.

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More Pieces to the 1965/1966/1967 Philadelphia Uncut Sheet Puzzle

October 13th, 2012  |  Published in New in the Gallery

Yesterday I found two more clues as to how uncut sheets of 1965, 1966, and 1967 Philadelphia football cards were configured. From looking at miscut cards, I have determined that uncut sheets from those three sets all had the same numbering scheme, so finding a piece of one helps me with all three. See the last section of my sheets in progress page for details.

Here are the new clues: a Saints team card with a sliver of Sonny Jurgensen’s card showing on the left, and a Bears insignia card with a sliver of a St. Louis Cardinals insignia card showing on the left.
1967 Philadelphia New Orleans Saints team football card1967 Philadelphia Chicago Bears insignia football card

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More Pieces to the 1957 Topps Uncut Sheet Puzzle

September 3rd, 2012  |  Published in New in the Gallery

Today I added a few more pieces to my partially completed virtual uncut sheet of 1957 Topps football cards. Below are two miscut cards that provided clues: a Dick Bielski card with a bit of Elroy Hirsch showing on the left side, and the back of a Paul Hornung card that shows a sliver of Sid Youngelman’s card along the bottom. You can click on either card to see how the sheet is progressing.
Miscut 1957 Topps Dick Bielski football cardBack of miscut 1957 Topps Paul Hornung football card
For a full list of the virtual uncut sheets I have assembled, see my article U is for Uncut Sheets. As always, if you happen to have pictures of full sheets, partial sheets, or miscut cards that would help the effort, please send me an email.

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