1971 Topps

Terry Bradshaw

1971 Topps 156 Terry Bradshaw

Terry Paxton Bradshaw (September 2, 1948-) (QB) set a national high school record for the javelin throw and led his Woodlawn High School football team to the 1965 AAA High School Championship game. Bradshaw attended Louisiana Tech University and became the number one quarterback in the NCAA during his junior year. The Pittsburgh Steelers won the coin toss against the Chicago Bears and chose the highly sought after Bradshaw with the Number 1 overall pick in the 1970 NFL Draft. Though he struggled to learn the pro game, leading the league in his rookie campaign with 24 interceptions, Terry developed into one of the elite quarterbacks in the NFL by his fourth season. In 1975, Bradshaw received his first of three Pro Bowl selections and won his first of four Super Bowl championships (IX, X, XIII, XIV). With the help of the stifling “Steel Curtain” defense and a receiving corps that included Hall of Famers Lynn Swann, John Stallworth, Franco Harris and others, Bradshaw and the Steelers were arguably the greatest all-around team of a single decade (1970s). In 1978, Terry was named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player, captured his third Super Bowl victory and was named Super Bowl XIII’s MVP. He garnered his only All-Pro First Team selection that year and was named to the Second Team in the following season. During his time at the helm of the Steelers, Terry called many of the plays from the field and led the Pittsburgh Steelers to eight AFC Central championships and four Super Bowl victories. He played his entire career with Pittsburgh (1970-1983) amassing 27,989 passing yards completing 2,025 passes in 3,901 attempts. He added 212 touchdowns and 210 interceptions and finished with a 70.9 quarterback rating in 14 seasons. Terry Bradshaw was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1989. Bradshaw, like many others, made guest appearances or cameos in Hollywood films and television productions. After retirement, he began a very successful career in broadcasting as a color analyst and commentator during NFL Sunday football programs.

EX-MT 6 NM 7 NM-MT 8 MT 9
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Auth 1Q 1 1.5Q 1.5 2Q 2 2.5 3Q 3 3.5 4Q 4 4.5 5Q 5 5.5 6Q 6 6.5 7Q 7 7.5 8Q 8 8.5 9Q 9 10 Total
1 7 2 17 1 3 56 6 161 10 7 275 15 18 519 17 45 544 19 63 400 10 6 20 3 2225
Condition Census (Explain)
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 GEM MT 10
1 GEM MT 10
1 GEM MT 10
4 MINT 9 (20)
Public Auctions
Grade Price Date Firm Sale Lot #
MINT 9 (OC) $214 Nov-2012 Goodwin and Co. Auctions Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XLV 396
EX-MT 6 $79 Sep-2011 Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction 43135
EX-MT 6 $155 Sep-2011 Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction 40121
NM-MT 8 $389 Mar-2010 Memory Lane, Inc. Springtime Classic 2010 712
NM-MT 8 $471 Jan-2010 Memory Lane, Inc. The Big Game Football Only 283
MINT 9 (0) $3,525 Jan-2010 Robert Edward Auctions 2010 Auction 1536
NM-MT 8 $322 Nov-2009 Memory Lane, Inc. Hidden Treasures Vintage Rarities 677
NM-MT+ 8.5 $837 Apr-2009 Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Sports Auction 41136
NM-MT 8 $428 Mar-2009 Memory Lane, Inc. Historical Classic Rarities 735
NM-MT+ 8.5 $568 Sep-2008 Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Sports Auction 43130
EX 5 $42 Feb-2007 Heritage Auctions Monthly Internet Sports Auction 12488
GEM MT 10 $15,855 Jul-2006 Memory Lane, Inc. Premier Collectibles II 991

From The Experts

This is the only recognized rookie card of perennial winner Terry Bradshaw. After being the first pick in the 1970 NFL Draft, Bradshaw got off to a shaky start in the pros. There were huge expectations of the Pittsburgh quarterback and it was obvious that the pressure was getting to him but, after a few seasons, Bradshaw came into his own and led his team to postseasonplay year after year. Bradshaw led the Steelers to eight AFC Central titles and four Super Bowl championships during his 14-year career. He also amassed 27,989 passing yards, threw for 212 touchdowns and rushed for 32 more. This former 1978 NFL MVP was also named MVP twice in the Super Bowl (XIII and XIV). In fact, at the time of his retirement, Bradshaw held several Super Bowl passing records. This three-time Pro Bowl selection was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1989. Now a popular broadcaster, Bradshaw remains in the limelight. This card, surrounded by a solid red border, is susceptible to chipping and edge wear along the front.