1980-81 Topps Footballer Super

80 Topps Footballer1I’m actually not even sure of the name of this set, it’s not even listed on Nigel’s Webspace but perhaps a reader will be able to help. Produced in 1980, I’ve seen it listed as “Super” (like the American Football and Hockey releases of the same year), “Spotlights” (which appears on the top of the backs), and the title of the auction on ebay referred to them as “Topps Soccer Football Large”.

There’s 30 cards in the set and they’re oversized, measuring 5″x7″. The fronts are glossy and they feature (then) First Division players though many, such as Osvaldo over here, are dressed in their national team’s jersey, particularly the English players. Though the fronts are identical to the American Football and Hockey’s, the backs are completely different, listing everything from their club to their height, favorite food, and actress.

Here are a few others:

It’s really a shame that Topps never produced a NASL set for release here in the States and Canada. Imagine this design, or the one in the previous post, featuring Pele and Franz Beckenbauer in New York Cosmos jerseys or Johan Cruyff as a Washington Diplomat.

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1977-78 Topps Footballers

77 Topps Footballers TudorTopps produced soccer cards under the name “Footballer” from 1975-1981 consisting of players from England’s First and Second Division which are now, essentially, the Premier League and the Championship. According to the great Topps Archive, Topps had partnered with A&BC in the late-fifties/early-sixties to release sets under their name before they became Topps UK in 1975. So for you Toppsophiles, they essentially put out soccer sets from 1959-1981. Often, they borrowed designs from baseball sets, such as in 1960 and 1963. I actually had no idea Topps did these Footballer sets until a few months ago when I saw a post on Diamond Cuts and Wax Stains featuring one from the 1975-76 set which, again, borrows its design from a baseball set. Plenty of more information on all these sets over at Nigel’s Webspace.

I was at a card show a couple of weeks ago and found a lot of 13 of these from the 1977-78 set. After a little haggling, I left with all of them for an even $5. Most have soft corners and a few appear to have eraser marks like the Tudor card above. I would love to complete the set even though I know virtually nothing about seventies English soccer but the cards are hard to come by in the States so I’m filing it away under “unreasonable”  and “wishful thinking” for now.

Here are some of the highlights:

I knew nothing about any of these players before this post. Selections were purely based on aesthetics. Love those Queens Park Rangers jerseys.

I’ll (hopefully) have another soccer related post tomorrow. But for now, enjoy the back of John Tudor’s card, which does a great job at epitomizing an American’s strange perception of English soccer.

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