1952 Topps Baseball

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Produced by the Topps Gum Company, 1952 Topps Baseball is thought about by collectors and baseball historians to be the most crucial post-war baseball card set ever produced.

It’s considered one of the big three sets. The others include Goudey and T206.

The 407-card set was the largest ever produced at the time of its release.

In addition to the bigger checklist, the style of the cards themselves featured complete team logo designs, colorized black-and-white photography and, most surprisingly, a facsimile signature of the gamer taken directly from their player contract with Topps. 

The card backs included statistics and biographical info about the players, a part that would become very crucial in assisting to connect the illustrated players with their targeted market, children.

This catapulted Topps into the forefront of baseball card collecting.

This set also features one of baseball’s most iconic and important cards. The 1952 Mickey Mantle.

As was typical at the time, the 1952 Topps Baseball set was produced in 6 different series. 

Topps produced the later series cards in a much shorter amount due to kids returning to school & the baseball season ending.

In an effort to boost sales, it was also traditional to keep back the production of some popular players till a later series. 

A legendary folktale from the set is that a lot of the cards ended up in the water discarded. Several of the unsold pallets of high-numbered series cases were dumped into the Hudson River with a forklift. Imagine the value of those cards today.

1952 Mickey Mantle #311

The Mantle is one of the most iconic cards ever produced. Every time a high grade card goes up for auction it hits new records.

 

The card is super scarce as it was a high number and is the 2nd card of one of the greatest Yankees of all time. Many actually mistake this card as Mantle’s rookie.

Rob Gough, an entrepreneur & actor recently acquired a PSA 9 version of this card for 5 Million. This is now officially the highest price paid ever for a baseball card.

1952 Eddie Matthews #407

The Eddie Matthews is the best rookie card found in the 1952 Topps set. 

Not only is he the best HOF rookie, it’s also a high number.

Eddie hit over 500 home runs in his career and had slightly under 100 WAR.

A great player who is overshadowed by many of the legends in the set.

1952 Jackie Robinson #312

This one ranks high up on the list of Robinson’s many preferable cards of all along with his 1948 Leaf and 1949 Bowman issues. 

It’s his 5th card, but still early in his career.

1952 Willie Mays #261

Just like with Mickey Mantle, the Mays 52 is his 2nd card.

This card is easier to run by as it wasn’t a high series card. 

But it still is worth a ton as it’s the 2nd best card of a top 5 player of all time.

1952 Hoyt Wilhelm #392

While Wilhelm is a lower-end Hall of Famer, his card is still collectible.

He had 8 all-star game appearances along with 2 era titles.

It’s a much cheaper card than Matthews, but a great card to add to any collection.

1952 Andy Pafko #1

The majority of baseball fans may not recognize Pafko but most baseball card collectors do. 

As card # 1 in the set, his card typically struggles with unusual wear and tear from being the very first card in the set. 

That implied he was at the top corner of the printing sheet (exposed to increased wear) and kids covered their card stacks (with his typically on top) with elastic band.

1952 Gus Zernial #31

A fan favorite card, this features 6 baseballs on a bat with gus giving the ok sign.

Just a fun/iconic card in the set.

Gus isn’t a bum though, the year before he led the American league in homeruns.

It’s not an expensive card, so it’s a great way to get your first 52 card.

Set Checklist

The set features 407 cards in total.

For cards 1-80, Topps printed them with both red and black backs

For cards 131-190, there are rare gray back variations.

1 Andy Pafko

2 Pete Runnels RC

3 Hank Thompson

4 Don Lenhardt

5 Larry Jansen

6 Grady Hatton

7 Wayne Terwilliger

8 Fred Marsh RC

9 Bobby Hogue RC

10 Al Rosen

11 Phil Rizzuto

12 Monty Basgall RC

13 Johnny Wyrostek

14 Bob Elliott

15 Johnny Pesky

16 Gene Hermanski

17 Jim Hegan

18 Merrill Combs RC

19 Johnny Bucha RC

20 Billy Loes RC

21 Ferris Fain

22 Dom DiMaggio

23 Billy Goodman

24 Luke Easter

25 Johnny Groth

26 Monte Irvin

27 Sam Jethroe

28 Jerry Priddy

29 Ted Kluszewski

30 Mel Parnell

31 Gus Zernial

32 Eddie Robinson

33 Warren Spahn

34 Elmer Valo

35 Hank Sauer

36 Gil Hodges

37 Duke Snider

38 Wally Westlake

39 Dizzy Trout

40 Irv Noren

41 Bob Wellman RC

42 Lou Kretlow RC

43 Ray Scarborough

44 Con Dempsey RC

45 Eddie Joost

46 Gordon Goldsberry RC

47 Willie Jones

48 Joe Page – Error

48 Joe Page – Corrected

49 Johnny Sain – Error

49 Johnny Sain – Corrected

50 Marv Rickert RC

51 Jim Russell

52 Don Mueller

53 Chris Van Cuyk RC

54 Leo Kiely

55 Ray Boone

56 Tommy Glaviano

57 Ed Lopat

58 Bob Mahoney RC

59 Robin Roberts

60 Sid Hudson

61 Tookie Gilbert

62 Chuck Stobbs RC

63 Howie Pollet

64 Roy Sievers

65 Enos Slaughter

66 Preacher Roe

67 Allie Reynolds

68 Cliff Chambers

69 Virgil Stallcup

70 Al Zarilla

71 Tom Upton RC

72 Karl Olson RC

73 Bill Werle

74 Andy Hansen RC

75 Wes Westrum

76 Eddie Stanky

77 Bob Kennedy

78 Ellis Kinder

79 Jerry Staley

80 Herm Wehmeier

81 Vern Law

82 Duane Pillette

83 Billy Johnson

84 Vern Stephens

85 Bob Kuzava

86 Ted Gray

87 Dale Coogan

88 Bob Feller

89 Johnny Lipon

90 Mickey Grasso

91 Red Schoendienst

92 Dale Mitchell

93 Al Sima RC

94 Sam Mele

95 Ken Holcombe

96 Willard Marshall

97 Earl Torgeson

98 Billy Pierce

99 Gene Woodling

100 Del Rice

101 Max Lanier

102 Bill Kennedy

103 Cliff Mapes

104 Don Kolloway

105 Johnny Pramesa

106 Mickey Vernon

107 Connie Ryan

108 Jim Konstanty

109 Ted Wilks

110 Dutch Leonard

111 Peanuts Lowrey

112 Hank Majeski

113 Dick Sisler

114 Willard Ramsdell

115 Red Munger

116 Carl Scheib

117 Sherm Lollar

118 Ken Raffensberger

119 Mickey McDermott

120 Bob Chakales RC

121 Gus Niarhos

122 Jackie Jensen

123 Eddie Yost

124 Monte Kennedy

125 Bill Rigney

126 Fred Hutchinson

127 Paul Minner RC

128 Don Bollweg RC

129 Johnny Mize

130 Sheldon Jones

131 Morrie Martin RC

132 Clyde Kluttz RC

133 Al Widmar

134 Joe Tipton

135 Dixie Howell

136 Johnny Schmitz

137 Roy McMillan RC

138 Bill MacDonald

139 Ken Wood

140 Johnny Antonelli

141 Clint Hartung

142 Harry Perkowski RC

143 Les Moss

144 Ed Blake RC

145 Joe Haynes

146 Frank House RC

147 Bobby Young RC

148 Johnny Klippstein

149 Dick Kryhoski

150 Ted Beard

151 Wally Post RC

152 Al Evans

153 Bob Rush

154 Joe Muir RC

155 Frank Overmire

156 Frank Hiller RC

157 Bob Usher

158 Eddie Waitkus

159 Saul Rogovin RC

160 Owen Friend

161 Bud Byerly RC

162 Del Crandall

163 Stan Rojek

164 Walt Dubiel

165 Eddie Kazak

166 Paul LaPalme RC

167 Bill Howerton

168 Charlie Silvera RC

169 Howie Judson

170 Gus Bell

171 Ed Erautt RC

172 Eddie Miksis

173 Roy Smalley

174 Cuddles Marshall RC

175 Billy Martin RC

176 Hank Edwards

177 Bill Wight

178 Cass Michaels

179 Frank Smith RC

180 Charlie Maxwell RC

181 Bob Swift

182 Billy Hitchcock

183 Erv Dusak

184 Bob Ramazzotti

185 Bill Nicholson

186 Walt Masterson

187 Bob Miller

188 Bud Podbielan RC

189 Pete Reiser

190 Don Johnson RC

191 Yogi Berra

192 Myron Ginsberg RC

193 Harry Simpson RC

194 Joe Hatten

195 Minnie Minoso RC

196 Solly Hemus RC

197 George Strickland RC

198 Phil Haugstad RC

199 George Zuverink RC

200 Ralph Houk RC

201 Alex Kellner

202 Joe Collins RC

203 Curt Simmons

204 Ron Northey

205 Clyde King

206 Joe Ostrowski RC

207 Mickey Harris

208 Marlin Stuart RC

209 Howie Fox

210 Dick Fowler

211 Ray Coleman

212 Ned Garver

213 Nippy Jones

214 Johnny Hopp

215 Hank Bauer

216 Richie Ashburn

217 George Stirnweiss

218 Clyde McCullough

219 Bobby Shantz

220 Joe Presko RC

221 Granny Hamner

222 Hoot Evers

223 Del Ennis

224 Bruce Edwards

225 Frank Baumholtz

226 Dave Philley

227 Joe Garagiola

228 Al Brazle

229 Gene Bearden

230 Matt Batts

231 Sam Zoldak

232 Billy Cox

233 Bob Friend RC

234 Steve Souchock RC

235 Walt Dropo

236 Ed Fitz Gerald

237 Jerry Coleman

238 Art Houtteman

239 Rocky Bridges RC

240 Jack Phillips RC

241 Tommy Byrne

242 Tom Poholsky RC

243 Larry Doby

244 Vic Wertz

245 Sherry Robertson

246 George Kell

247 Randy Gumpert

248 Spec Shea

249 Bobby Adams

250 Carl Erskine

251 Chico Carrasquel

252 Vern Bickford

253 Johnny Berardino

254 Joe Dobson

255 Clyde Vollmer

256 Pete Suder

257 Bobby Avila

258 Steve Gromek

259 Bob Addis RC

260 Pete Castiglione

261 Willie Mays

262 Virgil Trucks

263 Harry Brecheen

264 Roy Hartsfield

265 Chuck Diering

266 Murry Dickson

267 Sid Gordon

268 Bob Lemon

269 Willard Nixon

270 Lou Brissie

271 Jim Delsing

272 Mike Garcia

273 Erv Palica

274 Ralph Branca

275 Pat Mullin

276 Jim Wilson RC

277 Earl Wilson

278 Allie Clark

279 Bud Stewart

280 Cloyd Boyer

281 Tommy Brown SP

282 Birdie Tebbetts SP

283 Phil Masi SP

284 Hank Arft SP

285 Cliff Fannin SP

286 Joe DeMaestri RC SP

287 Steve Bilko SP

288 Chet Nichols RC SP

289 Tommy Holmes

290 Joe Astroth SP

291 Gil Coan SP

292 Floyd Baker SP

293 Sibby Sisti SP

294 Walker Cooper SP

295 Phil Cavarretta

296 Red Rolfe

297 Andy Seminick SP

298 Bob Ross RC SP

299 Ray Murray RC SP

300 Barney McCosky SP

301 Bob Porterfield

302 Max Surkont RC

303 Harry Dorish

304 Sam Dente

305 Paul Richards

306 Lou Sleater RC

307 Frank Campos RC

308 Luis Aloma

309 Jim Busby

310 George Metkovich

311 Mickey Mantle

312 Jackie Robinson

313 Bobby Thomson

314 Roy Campanella

315 Leo Durocher

316 Davey Williams RC

317 Connie Marrero

318 Hal Gregg RC

319 Rube Walker RC

320 John Rutherford RC

321 Joe Black RC

322 Randy Jackson RC

323 Bubba Church

324 Warren Hacker

325 Bill Serena

326 George Shuba RC

327 Archie Wilson RC

328 Bob Borkowski RC

329 Ike Delock RC

330 Turk Lown RC

331 Tom Morgan RC

332 Tony Bartirome RC

333 Pee Wee Reese

334 Wilmer Mizell RC

335 Ted Lepcio RC

336 Dave Koslo

337 Jim Hearn

338 Sal Yvars RC

339 Russ Meyer

340 Bob Hooper

341 Hal Jeffcoat

342 Clem Labine RC

343 Dick Gernert RC

344 Ewell Blackwell

345 Sammy White RC

346 George Spencer RC

347 Joe Adcock

348 Bob Kelly RC

349 Bob Cain

350 Cal Abrams

351 Alvin Dark

352 Karl Drews

353 Bobby Del Greco RC

354 Fred Hatfield RC

355 Bobby Morgan

356 Toby Atwell RC

357 Smoky Burgess

358 John Kucab RC

359 Dee Fondy RC

360 George Crowe RC

361 Bill Posedel

362 Ken Heintzelman

363 Dick Rozek RC

364 Clyde Sukeforth RC

365 Cookie Lavagetto

366 Dave Madison RC

367 Bob Thorpe RC

368 Ed Wright RC

369 Dick Groat RC

370 Billy Hoeft RC

371 Bobby Hofman

372 Gil McDougald RC

373 Jim Turner RC

374 Al Benton RC

375 Jack Merson RC

376 Faye Throneberry RC

377 Chuck Dressen MG

378 Les Fusselman RC

379 Joe Rossi RC

380 Clem Koshorek RC

381 Milton Stock RC

382 Sam Jones RC

383 Del Wilber RC

384 Frankie Crosetti

385 Herman Franks RC

386 Eddie Yuhas RC

387 Billy Meyer MG

388 Bob Chipman

389 Ben Wade RC

390 Rocky Nelson RC

391 Ben Chapman

392 Hoyt Wilhelm RC

393 Ebba St. Claire RC

394 Billy Herman

395 Jake Pitler

396 Dick Williams RC

397 Forrest Main RC

398 Hal Rice

399 Jim Fridley RC

400 Bill Dickey

401 Bob Schultz RC

402 Earl Harrist RC

403 Bill Miller RC

404 Dick Brodowski RC

405 Eddie Pellagrini

406 Joe Nuxhall RC

407 Eddie Mathews RC

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