There was only one player in the NFL football card game and that was Topps. This would be Topps last NFL issue until 1968. The most well known oddball issue of 1963 is that of Kahn’s Wieners which consisted of 5 cards.
Topps issued 12 Cardinal cards (#146-#157) with two variation cards. Topps really threw a touchdown with this design. Each team had the same color frame and in this case it was light blue. Players were framed in blue with a yellow-framed mini box at the bottom with player’s name, team name, and position.
The reverse was pretty straightforward with a light red print on plain cardboard. The card number in the top left corner with the usual information to the right. The reverse also contained a “secret” that was revealed by placing red cellophane over the cartoon that would provide an answer to the question asked.
A few interesting tidbits about the 1963 issue. Charley Johnson’s name was misspelled on the front as Charlie.
There is also the “purple sky” variation, which is thoroughly reviewed and covered at rbwoodenpuzzles.com. The author, whom I can’t identify or give credit to, posted an advertising panel he/she found that happens to show this variation and happens to be Cardinals! There are two Cardinals with this variation-#148 Bobby Joe Conrad and #149 Sonny Randle.
1963 Completion Stats 3 cards of 12 and two purple sky variations owned.