1952 Topps

Total Cards: 407

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

Rating: 8.5 (77 votes)
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Top Sets: #18

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  1a   Andy Pafko VAR
VAR: Red back
  Brooklyn Dodgers
  1b   Andy Pafko VAR
VAR: Black back
  Brooklyn Dodgers
  2a   Pete Runnels RC, VAR
VAR: Red back
  Washington Senators
  2b   Pete Runnels RC, VAR
VAR: Black back
  Washington Senators
  3a   Hank Thompson VAR
VAR: Red back
  New York Giants
  3b   Hank Thompson VAR
VAR: Black back
  New York Giants
  4a   Don Lenhardt VAR
VAR: Red back
  Boston Red Sox
  4b   Don Lenhardt VAR
VAR: Black back
  Boston Red Sox
  5a   Larry Jansen VAR
VAR: Red back
  New York Giants
  5b   Larry Jansen VAR
VAR: Black back
  New York Giants

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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

Feb 14, 2020 - 8:18PM

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

Jun 16, 2018 - 2:19PM
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.

Sep 26, 2016 - 3:09PM

In my quest to complete my childhood dream of owning the whole collection of Topps baseball cards, I seriously doubt that I'll ever complete this one. I did complete the reprint set along with originals for the 5 unreleased reprints. Great set. of course. Wish Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Stan Musial, Casey Stengel, and a host of others had cards in this set.


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