1952 Topps

Total Cards: 407

Size: 2 5/8" x 3 3/4"

Rating: 8.5 (116 votes)
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  • At 407 cards, this was the largest set of its day.
  • It is rare to find card #1 of Andy Pafko in excellent condition, because being #1 in the set meant that kids put the card on top of their stack before wrapping them with rubber bands or putting them in their pockets or school bags.
  • Cards measure 2 5/8" by 3 3/4"
  • This set was issued in 6 separate series: Series 1 (1 to 80), Series 2 (81-130), Series 3 (131-190), Series 4 (191-250), Series 5 (251-310), and Series 6 (311-407).
  • By the time Topps released the last series (cards 311-407), football season had started and kids were no longer buying baseball cards. In the late '50s, Sy Berger hired a garbage boat to take the surplus 300 to 500 cases stored in the Topps Brooklyn headquarters, to dump off the New Jersey shore into the Atlantic Ocean.
  • The Andy Pafko card figures prominently into the plot of the 2010 movie Cop Out.
  • 2nd major baseball card release for Topps.
  • This was the first set to use color team logos as part of it's design, as well as including stats for both the previous season and overall career.

User Comments

Nov 13, 2021 - 3:24PM

Are we rating these sets on their look and style.. or based on the players within... or the value of these cards? Mixture of all three? It's hard to quantify such a iconic set of baseball cards. I personally try rate these based on their visual appeal. As that was their intent before vaule was even considered.

Feb 14, 2020 - 7:18PM

See this pic that matches 203 Curt Simmons (in minor league uni)

Jun 16, 2018 - 1:19PM
Charles Vickers

I regret opening these packs just for the gum (bad). I must have had the most expensive sound effects inserting these cards into the spokes of my bike. Among other things, this is my greatest disappointment though it had to create a shortage of cards printed.


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