Most Topps vintage sports card wrappers featured mail-in offers for sports-related knick-knacks (card lockers, albums, ball&strike counters, etc.), but they occasionally had an offer for cards. One such example happened in 1975 when one of the Topps football wrappers featured a mail-in offer to “Get All 26 Team Check List Cards.”
The 1975 Topps Football wrapper’s front advertised the scratch-off game that came in every pack. But there were three wrapper variations that year for mail-in offers (along the side of a flattened wrapper or the back of an unopened wax pack). One for the Topps Super Sports Card Locker, another to join the Topps Sports Club, and one for the Team Check List Cards shown below.
For 40 cents and one football wrapper, Topps would send back a tri-folded uncut sheet featuring 26 standard-sized cards (one for each of the 26 NFL teams).
The front of the cards has each team’s 1975 schedule, while the backs have player checklists that feature the card number, the player’s name and position, and an empty check box. The fronts are distinguished by color, too, with AFC teams having a red top and NFC teams featuring a blue background along the top. All the backs have pink backgrounds.
Since the set was only available as a mail-in offer that had to be hand-cut, and Topps folded the card stock, finding cards is challenging, particularly high-grade ones. PSA has only graded 132 total examples, and raw cards aren’t that much more available. As I write this, there is one graded card on eBay, and there aren’t any on COMC.
As far as pricing goes, your guess is as good as mine now, but here are a few of the most “recent” graded sales for a few of the more popular teams:
Cowboys – The last sale was in May 2018, when a PSA 3 sold for $67
Steelers – The last sale was in October 2019, when a PSA 3 sold for $120
Bears – The last sale was in Feb 2021, when a PSA 7 sold for $35
Colts – The last sale was in April 2018, when a PSA 8 sold for $18
49ers – The last sale was in April 2018, when a PSA 9 sold for $150
While checklist cards like this are a bit of an odd addition for the common collector, dedicated football card hobbyists may appreciate tracking down an uncut sheet and each of the 26 cards. Unfortunately, it will take a bit of patience; the mail-in offer expired in December of 1975, happy collecting!