Set size: 132 cards plus one Free Felt Initial offer card
Short printed High Series: None
Card Size: Standard 2 1/2" x 3 1/2"
Corrected Errors and Variations: none
Best card: JIM BROWN ROOKIE CARD
Key Rookies: Jim Brown, Jim Brown, Jim Brown, Jim Brown, Jim Brown, Jim Brown, Jim Brown, Sonny Jurgensen, Jim Brown, Jim Brown and Jim Brown.
Subsets: Team cards
Gimmick: Coin rub trivia
Back ink colors: Red
Team Logos? No
Night Owl Style Nickname: The Oval set
Teams included in the set: Baltimore Colts, Chicago Bears, Chicago Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Los Angeles Rams, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers, Washington Redskins
Why I chose this card: I have a thing for huge fullbacks charging like madmen.
Thought I forgot about this series, didn'tcha? I FORGET NOTHING. I just lose track of it for months at a time. Today we have the 1958 Topps football set which looks to me to be a first draft of 1959 baseball. It's got an oval around the player instead of a circle, and no mod font without capital letters, but the similarities are there. This is a pretty straightforwards set. A meat & potatoes set. 132 cards, the whole set fits on one sheet. No errors or variations. The backs are sort of unconventional with white on red type and a scratch off cartoon that takes up half the card but they had to go a little wild somewhere. This would bet the perfect set to try to collect right? A real working man's set. Wrong. Two words:
Jim Brown's rookie card is in this set. This is the greatest Vintage football card ever. Period. No arguments. It's the greatest, there are no Topps football cards better. Even Mohammed Ali says that card is the greatest. GREATEST KNOWS GREATEST AND 1958 JIM BROWN IS THE GREATEST EVER. So if you decide to go for this set one of two things will happen:
1) you will chase after all the inferior cards first and then get intimidated by the cost of the greatest football card ever,
2) you will go ahead and buy the Jim Brown, realize you hold in your hand the pinnacle of all footballcarddom and give up on the rest of the set because what's the point?
Jim Brown makes this set uncollectable by conventional set building standards. This is one set where it is perfectly acceptable to buy the set complete because otherwise it is an exercise in frustration.
Another fun thing to do for all you football card fans: When all the new football sets start coming out go on eBay and search for all the sick Mojo hits. The Tebow triple autopatch red parallel foil hologram 1/1 with real dried SEC championship game tears right on the card. Compare the price of that bullshitty card to the price of a Jim Brown rookie. Laugh and Laugh and Laugh at that poor deluded fool who just wasted his money on crap when he could have had the greatest football card ever in existence in this universe. It's hours of fun for the whole family!