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Team Issued Photos
Updated June 2011 -Version 4.1
 

The Dallas Cowboys Team Issue Photo Guide. This is a free download with the purchase of Volume 5.

Update 4.1 to the Team Issued Photo Guide is now available. Approximately 60 photos (mostly 1960-67) have been added. As a result of the additional photos, there are a couple new sets, and some re-organizing of current photos.

-Changes made to existing sets have been highlighted on the chart below in light blue.
-Newly added sets have been highlighted on the chart below in yellow.

Team Issued Photos available for sale: Dallas Cowboys Team Issued Photos

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Over the years, the basic design of these black-and-white pictures didn’t change much.  Players are pictured in full uniform without a helmet, some with a football in hand, (or in air in some cases) in a posed action shot with the feel of a classic football card from the ‘40s or ‘50s.  The player’s name and team is found on the bottom border, which in most cases, is a bit wider to accommodate the text.  They can be found printed on a variety of different types of stock that include thin or thick paper with a dull or matte finish, and glossy photo paper.

Unlike football cards where only a select few were chosen to be photographed, team issued photos were usually taken of all the players, as the very rare 1970 Texas Stadium promotional poster suggests by the use of team issued photos for all 45 players on the roster.  Most of which have been identified as being part of a standard set, but not all.  The team controlled these photos and they were typically used to fulfill fan requests or released to the media for publications that ran stories about a particular player. Each season did not produce a standard set of photos.  There are only a few years that the team created a set that was made available for fans to buy.  Team issued photos were commonly used in game programs throughout the 1960's & ‘70s, making those publications a great resource to help identify and date the photos.  The 1964 Dallas Cowboys media guide was the first to included small head-shot photos throughout the player section.  Since 1969, it became standard procedure to include photos of all the players.  Some of those pictures have been found in the form of 5 x 7 glossies.  It is very likely that the same photos were used from year to year for some players.  Star players may have been photographed more often, but even those guys had photos used over a period of several years.

8x10’s can be found that are simply larger prints of a photo used in a set with a smaller format.  As an example, almost all of the photos used for the 1965 set can be found as 8x10’s.  Because of that, each 8x10 photo is not shown here, and as a result, you may have 8x10's in your collection that you won't find listed here.  Only unique poses of players that can’t be found in other sets are included.  In summary, a large majority of 8x10’s that can be found are simply large reproductions of photos from other sets.

Jim Laughead -Early 1960's Dallas Cowboys Training Camp Photo Session
This is a photo taken at an early training camp photo session. Jim Laughead (on the right kneeling with a hat on) of Laughead Studios is the photographer that was hired to take the Cowboys first team issued photos. Laughead was a prominent photographer in Texas who also shot for SMU and other area teams. I believe Laughead continued this service into the 70's. He also took several of the photos that Topps used for their football cards.

 

Below is a quick reference chart with links to the corresponding sets. Click on the year to view the photos from that set.

Year

Size

Stock

Description

1960

8 ½  x 11

Thick paper

Team Sheets -Four-players per sheet, they also may be found individually

1960-62 5 x 7 Glossy Head-shot, dark jerseys, some found borderless on three sides

1960-63

8 x 10

Glossy

Full posed action, dark jerseys

1961 7 ½  x 9 ½ Paper Non-glossy, extra wide borders
1961-62 5 x 6 ½ Paper Non-glossy, wide bottom border

1962

7 ½  x 9 ½

Thin Paper

Photo Pack -head-shot

1962-63 4 ⅞ x 6 ½ Thin paper Sepia-toned (brownish)
1963-64 7 ½  x 9 ½ Glossy Bottom border includes player position
1964-66 5 x 7 Glossy Head-shot, some found borderless on three sides
1965 5 ½ x 6 ½ Thick paper Dull finish, width varies, 8x10’s exist of same photos

1965-66

5 ¼ x 7

Paper

Non-glossy, bottom border includes player position

1966

8 x 10

Glossy

Full posed action, dark jerseys

1966-67 5 x 7 Thin card Photo Pack - Thin card stock, includes player position (not abbreviated)

1967

8 x 10

Glossy

Full posed action, white jerseys

1968

8 x 10

Glossy

Player position is included on bottom border

1969

5 x 6 ½

Thin paper

Mixed white and dark jerseys

1969-71

5 x 7

Glossy

Head-shot, some may be borderless on three sides

1970

5 x 6 ½

Paper

Many photos are identical to 1971 photos

1970-74

8 x 10

Glossy

Full posed action, white jerseys

1971

5 x 6 ½

Paper

Many photos are identical to 1970 photos

1972

4 ¼ x 5 ½

Paper

Many photos are identical to 1971 photos but smaller, facsimile autos

1973

4 ¼ x 5 ½

Paper

Head-shots with facsimile autos

1973

5 ⅛ x 7 ½

Glossy

Waist up head-shot with entire stitched jersey # showing

1974-76

5 x 7

Glossy

Head-shot, several players have multiple photos

1975-76

4 ¼ x 5 ½

Paper

Facsimile auto, same format as the 1972 set

1976-78

8 x 10

Glossy

New text font on 1978’s

1979

4 x 5 ½

Thin glossy

Bottom border contains helmet, jersey #, position, height, weight, & college

1979

8 x 10

Glossy

Team Sheets -Multiple player head shots per sheet

1980

4 x 5 ½

Thin card

Bottom border contains helmet, jersey #, position, height, weight, & college

1980

4 ¼ x 5 ½

Thin glossy

Same as 1975-76, except no facsimile auto & new text font

1980

8 x 10

Glossy

Team Sheets -Multiple player head shots per sheet, coaches included

1981-84

4 ¼ x 5 ½

Thin glossy

Bottom border contains helmet, jersey #, position, height, weight, & college

1981

8 x 10

Glossy

Team Sheets -Multiple player head shots per sheet, coaches included

1982

8 x 10

Glossy

Team Sheets -Multiple player head shots per sheet, coaches included

1983 8 x 10 Glossy Team Sheets -Multiple player head shots per sheet, coaches included

1984

8 x 10

Glossy

Team Sheets -Multiple player head shots per sheet, coaches included

1985

4 ¼ x 5 ½

Thin glossy

Same format as 1979-84 photos this size, Frito Lay logo lower right corner

1986

4 ¼ x 5 ½

Thin glossy

Same format as 1979-84 photos this size, Frito Lay logo lower right corner

Photo contributions for this section by Steve Coleman, Buchanan Easley, Brian Foye and Michael Wedel.

Please contact me if you would like to contribute images to this section, or have any photos available to sell or trade.

Retrocards -Custom Dallas Cowboys Football Cards
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1966P Jim Colvin
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1978T Randy Hughes
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1982T Larry Bethea
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