1970s Football Card Complete Sets
The 1970s saw the merger of the the two leagues and the popularity of the NFL continued to grow throughout the decade. Topps now had the exclusive rights to sell football cards, with bubble gum, from the NFL Player's Association. Topps could use the player's images. Topps did not have a contract with NFL Properties, to use the team logos. The result was that the Topps football cards either showed the player's without their helmets or airbrushed over the logos.
The Topps Complete Football Care Sets, in 1970 and 1971, had 263 cards. The number of cards in the Topps complete football card sets were increased to 528 cards in 1975 and the sets stayed at that size for the remainder of the decade. The most challenging football card set to complete is 1972, which has a very elusive (and expensive) 3rd series of cards.
By Dean Hanley
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