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1984 Topps Football Cards

By Patrick Mondout

If there is a classic set of football cards from the Awesome80s, this is it - though I admit my biases below. The attractive and colorful set features two of the top five quarterbacks of all-time and a running back who became only the second to run for 2,000 yards in a season. The angled design elements actually match the team colors for the first time (imagine the Dan Marino on the right with green and yellow instead of aqua and orange and you'll get an idea how this card might have looked in 1981).

Rookie cards include Dan Marino, John Elway, Eric Dickerson, Darrell Green, Roger Craig, David Krieg, Willie Gault, Howie Long, Curt Warner, Mark Duper, Reggie Roby, and Dwight Stephenson. There are also "Instant Replay" action cards of Dickerson and Marino.

I still see these cards in my dreams. I spent the spring and early months of the summer of 1985 sorting through case after case of these as a teenager working for a candy wholesaler in Phoenix named Steve Myland, who used to sell cards through ads in hobby publications like Sports Collector's Digest. He wanted 15 (later increased to 17, when Roger Craig and Dave Krieg showed promise) of the 396 cards to sell in lots of 100 and I sorted through each wax case for of 10,800 card for $10 (in cash or trade - always trade for me) and I could keep all the other cards in that case (I kept the badly airbrushed Darrell Green's for a time, but he had picked well). Few people gracing this planet have seen more off-centered Dickerson's, Elway's and Marino's than yours truly. As a diehard Broncos fan, it pained me to give up those stacks of Elway's, but at least he was in the dreaded white jersey.

Rack packs included one of 11 glossy "star cards." Wax and cello packs featured a instant win game card that had as prizes posters and trips to the Super Bowl (I won many posters, which I never redeemed). If the game card was not an instant winner, it had a number of "yard gained" on it. With enough yards gained plus postage and handling, you could get a set of five glossy "send in" cards (see below).

Once again Topps attempted to market stickers - a 283 count set - to a base of collectors that just weren't interested.

Topps also produced a set for the USFL. Neither football set was well received at the time, but they are two of the most valuable sets of the Awesome80s now.

1984-85 Topps at a Glance
Back Checklist Wax Pack
Conference Leaders Record Breakers Team Leaders
Glossy Send-ins Stickers Glossy Rack Inserts

Here's a checklist:

1 Eric Dickerson (Record Breaker)
2 Ali Haji-Sheikh (Record Breaker)
3 Franco Harris (Record Breaker)
4 Mark Moseley (Record Breaker)
5 John Riggins (Record Breaker)
6 Jan Stenerud (Record Breaker)
7 AFC Championship
8 NFC Championship
9 Super Bowl XVIII
10 Indianapolis Colts (Team Leaders)
11 Raul Allegre
12 Curtis Dickey
13 Ray Donaldson
14 Nesby Glasgow
15 Chris Hinton
16 Vernon Maxwell
17 Randy McMillan
18 Mike Pagel
19 Rohn Stark
20 Leo Wisniewski
21 Buffalo Bills (Team Leaders)
22 Jerry Butler
23 Joe Danelo
24 Joe Ferguson
25 Steve Freeman
26 Roosevelt Leaks
27 Frank Lewis
28 Eugene Marve
29 Booker Moore
30 Fred Smerlas
31 Ben Williams
32 Cincinnati Bengals (Team Leaders)
33 Charles Alexander
34 Ken Anderson
35 Ken Anderson (Instant Replay)
36 Jim Breech
37 Cris Collinsworth
38 Cris Collinsworth (Instant Replay)
39 Isaac Curtis
40 Eddie Edwards
41 Ray Horton
42 Pete Johnson
43 Steve Kreider
44 Max Montoya
45 Anthony Munoz
46 Reggie Williams
47 Cleveland Browns (Team Leaders)
48 Matt Bahr
49 Chip Banks
50 Tom Cousineau
51 Joe Delamielleure
52 Doug Dieken
53 Bob Golic
54 Bobby Jones
55 Dave Logan
56 Clay Matthews
57 Paul McDonald
58 Ozzie Newsome
59 Ozzie Newsome (Instant Replay)
60 Mike Pruitt
61 Denver Broncos (Team Leaders)
62 Barney Chavous
63 John Elway
64 Steve Foley
65 Tom Jackson
66 Rich Karlis
67 Luke Prestridge
68 Zach Thomas
69 Rick Upchurch
70 Steve Watson
71 Sammy Winder
72 Louis Wright
73 Houston Oilers (Team Leaders)
74 Jesse Baker
75 Gregg Bingham
76 Robert Brazile
77 Steve Brown
78 Chris Dressel
79 Doug France
80 Florian Kempf
81 Carl Roaches
82 Tim Smith
83 Willie Tullis
84 Kansas City Chiefs (Team Leaders)
85 Mike Bell
86 Theotis Brown
87 Carlos Carson
88 Carlos Carson (Instant Replay)
89 Deron Cherry
90 Gary Green
91 Billy Jackson
92 Bill Kenney
93 Bill Kenney (Instant Replay)
94 Nick Lowery
95 Henry Marshall
96 Art Still
97 Los Angeles Raiders (Team Leaders)
98 Marcus Allen
99 Marcus Allen (Instant Replay)
100 Lyle Alzado
101 Lyle Alzado (Instant Replay)
102 Chris Bahr
103 Malcolm Barnwell
104 Cliff Branch
105 Todd Christensen
106 Todd Christensen (Instant Replay)
107 Ray Guy
108 Frank Hawkins
109 Lester Hayes
110 Ted Hendricks
111 Howie Long
112 Rod Martin
113 Vann Mcelroy
114 Jim Plunkett
115 Greg Pruitt
116 Miami Dolphins (Team Leaders)
117 Bob Baumhower
118 Doug Betters
119 A.J. Duhe
120 Mark Duper
121 Andra Franklin
122 William Judson
123 Dan Marino
124 Dan Marino (Instant Replay)
125 Nat Moore
126 Ed Newman
127 Reggie Roby
128 Gerald Small
129 Dwight Stephenson
130 Uwe Von Schamann
131 New England Pats (Team Leaders)
132 Rich Camarillo
133 Tony Collins
134 Tony Collins (Instant Replay)
135 Bob Cryder
136 Steve Grogan
137 John Hannah
138 Brian Holloway
139 Roland James
140 Stanley Morgan
141 Rick Sanford
142 Mosi Tatupu
143 Andre Tippett
144 New York Jets (Team Leaders)
145 Jerome Barkum
146 Mark Gastineau
147 Mark Gastineau (Instant Replay)
148 Bruce Harper
149 Johnny 'Lam' Jones
150 Joe Klecko
151 Pat Leahy
152 Freeman McNeil
153 Lance Mehl
154 Marvin Powell
155 Darrol Ray
156 Pat Ryan
157 Kirk Springs
158 Wesley Walker
159 Pittsburgh Steelers (Team Leaders)
160 Walter Abercrombie
161 Gary Anderson
162 Terry Bradshaw
163 Craig Colquitt
164 Bennie Cunningham
165 Franco Harris
166 Franco Harris (Instant Replay)
167 Jack Lambert
168 Jack Lambert (Instant Replay)
169 Frank Pollard
170 Donnie Shell
171 Mike Webster
172 Keith Willis
173 Rick Woods
174 San Diego Chargers (Team Leaders)
175 Rolf Benirschke
176 James Brooks
177 Maury Buford
178 Wes Chandler
179 Dan Fouts
180 Dan Fouts (Instant Replay)
181 Charlie Joiner
182 Linden King
183 Chuck Muncie
184 Billy Ray Smith
185 Danny Walters
186 Kellen Winslow
187 Kellen Winslow (Instant Replay)
188 Seattle Seahawks (Team Leaders)
189 Steve August
190 Dave Brown
191 Zachary Dixon
192 Kenny Easley
193 Jacob Green
194 Norm Johnson
195 Dave Krieg
196 Steve Largent
197 Steve Largent (Instant Replay)
198 Curt Warner
199 Curt Warner (Instant Replay)
200 Jeff West
201 Charle Young
202 Passing Leaders
203 Receiving Leaders
204 Rushing Leaders
205 Scoring Leaders
206 Interception Leaders
207 Punting Leaders
208 Atlanta Falcons (Team Leaders)
209 William Andrews
210 William Andrews (Instant Replay)
211 Stacey Bailey
212 Steve Bartkowski
213 Steve Bartkowski (Instant Replay)
214 Ralph Giacomarro
215 Billy Johnson
216 Mike Kenn
217 Mick Luckhurst
218 Gerald Riggs
219 R.C. Thielemann
220 Jeff Van Note
221 Chicago Bears (Team Leaders)
222 Jim Covert
223 Leslie Frazier
224 Willie Gault
225 Mike Hartenstine
226 Noah Jackson
227 Jim McMahon
228 Walter Payton
229 Walter Payton (Instant Replay)
230 Mike Richardson
231 Terry Schmidt
232 Mike Singletary
233 Matt Suhey
234 Bob Thomas
235 Dallas Cowboys (Team Leaders)
236 Bob Breunig
237 Doug Cosbie
238 Tony Dorsett
239 Tony Dorsett (Instant Replay)
240 John Dutton
241 Tony Hill
242 Ed 'Too Tall' Jones
243 Drew Pearson
244 Rafael Septien
245 Ron Springs
246 Dennis Thurman
247 Everson Walls
248 Danny White
249 Randy White
250 Detroit Lions (Team Leaders)
251 Jeff Chadwick
252 Garry Cobb
253 Doug English
254 William Gay
255 Eric Hipple
256 James Jones
257 Bruce Mcnorton
258 Eddie Murray
259 Ulysses Norris
260 Billy Sims
261 Billy Sims (Instant Replay)
262 Leonard Thompson
263 Green Bay Packers (Team Leaders)
264 John Anderson
265 Paul Coffman
266 Lynn Dickey
267 Gerry Ellis
268 John Jefferson
269 John Jefferson (Instant Replay)
270 Ezra Johnson
271 Tim Lewis
272 James Lofton
273 James Lofton (Instant Replay)
274 Larry McCarren
275 Jan Stenerud
276 Los Angeles Rams (Team Leaders)
277 Mike Barber
278 Jim Collins
279 Nolan Cromwell
280 Eric Dickerson
281 Eric Dickerson (Instant Replay)
282 George Farmer
283 Vince Ferragamo
284 Kent Hill
285 John Misko
286 Jackie Slater
287 Jack Youngblood
288 Minnesota Vikings (Team Leaders)
289 Ted Brown
290 Greg Coleman
291 Steve Dils
292 Tony Galbreath
293 Tommy Kramer
294 Doug Martin
295 Darrin Nelson
296 Benny Ricardo
297 John Swain
298 John Turner
299 New Orleans Saints (Team Leaders)
300 Morten Andersen
301 Russell Erxleben
302 Jeff Groth
303 Rickey Jackson
304 Johnnie Poe
305 George Rogers
306 Richard Todd
307 Jim Wilks
308 Dave Wilson
309 Wayne Wilson
310 New York Giants (Team Leaders)
311 Leon Bright
312 Scott Brunner
313 Rob Carpenter
314 Harry Carson
315 Earnest Gray
316 Ali Haji-Sheikh
317 Mark Haynes
318 Dave Jennings
319 Brian Kelley
320 Phil Simms
321 Lawrence Taylor
322 Lawrence Taylor (Instant Replay)
323 Brad Van Pelt
324 Butch Woolfolk
325 Philadelphia Eagles (Team Leaders)
326 Harold Carmichael
327 Herman Edwards
328 Michael Haddix
329 Dennis Harrison
330 Ron Jaworski
331 Wilbert Montgomery
332 Hubie Oliver
333 Mike Quick
334 Jerry Robinson
335 Max Runager
336 Michael Williams
337 St. Louis Cardinals (Team Leaders)
338 Ottis Anderson
339 Al 'Bubba' Baker
340 Carl Birdsong
341 David Galloway
342 Roy Green
343 Roy Green (Instant Replay)
344 Curtis Greer
345 Neil Lomax
346 Doug Marsh
347 Stump Mitchell
348 Lionel Washington
349 San Francisco 49ers (Team Leaders)
350 Dwaine Board
351 Dwight Clark
352 Dwight Clark (Instant Replay)
353 Roger Craig
354 Fred Dean
355 Fred Dean (Instant Replay)
356 Dwight Hicks
357 Ronnie Lott
358 Joe Montana
359 Joe Montana (Instant Replay)
360 Freddie Solomon
361 Wendell Tyler
362 Ray Wersching
363 Eric Wright
364 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Team Leaders)
365 Gerald Carter
366 Hugh Green
367 Kevin House
368 Michael Morton
369 James Owens
370 Booker Reese
371 Lee Roy Selmon
372 Jack Thompson
373 James Wilder
374 Steve Wilson
375 Washington Redskins (Team Leaders)
376 Jeff Bostic
377 Charlie Brown
378 Charlie Brown (Instant Replay)
379 Dave Butz
380 Darrell Green
381 Russ Grimm
382 Joe Jacoby
383 Dexter Manley
384 Art Monk
385 Mark Moseley
386 Mark Murphy
387 Mike Nelms
388 John Riggins
389 John Riggins (Instant Replay)
390 Joe Theismann
391 Joe Theismann (Instant Replay)
392 Don Warren
393 Joe Washington
394 Checklist 1-132
395 Checklist 133-264
396 Checklist 265-396
 

 

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1984 FOOTBALL

Year: 1984

Manufacturer: Topps

# of Cards: 396

Value/Price: Check eBay (see links below)

Size: 2 x 3

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