I’ve posted a few articles on baseball and basketball error cards in the past:
- A Few Vintage Basketball Printing Errors
- 4 Expensive Baseball Card Printing Errors – Modern Edition
- 6 Expensive Baseball Card Printing Errors – Vintage Edition
In this article, I intend to go over a few of my favorite vintage football error cards. There are a ton of football card errors, ranging from reversed images, cards that show the wrong player, incorrect positions, and most commonly, player name misspellings. For a comprehensive list of error football cards, check out the Football Card Gallery run by Near Mint Cards.
1948 Leaf Bobby Layne
There are two variants, and both have his name misspelled as Bobbie; one has yellow pants, the other red pants.
1958 Topps R.C. Owens
What’s wrong with this card? That isn’t R.C. Owens. Pictured is Don Owens.
1958 Topps John Unitas
The back of the card lists his college as Pittsburgh, but he went to Louisville.
1955 Topps Byron White
The back of the card has Gaynell Tinsley’s bio. There is a corrected version.
1957 Topps Will Sherman
The 1957 Topps Sherman card has a printing error on the front where his team is missing.