1953 Topps Baseball – Vintage Review & Checklist –

1953 Topps Baseball
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1953 Topps Baseball

  • Total Cards: 274
  • Same ‘Bigger’ Card Size as 1952:  2 5/8″ x 3 3/4″
  • Red Front: American League
  • Black Front: National League
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The 1953 Topps Baseball cards are numbered 1-280, but 6 cards were not produced because of Bowman signing the players to exclusive deals. 3 of the players are Baseball Hall of Fame members: Duke Snider, Ted Williams, and Stan Musial. Back in 1953, an exclusive deal from Topps or Bowman got the player about $100-125 per year.

The battle to sign players to an exclusive baseball card contract really heated up between Bowman and Topps a year later in 1954. Topps set designer Sy Berger buddied up with Fred Corcoran,  the agent for Ted Williams. They agreed to sign the Red Sox legend to a 5 year deal at $400.00 per year, the largest contract of it’s time.

A key difference between the 1953 Topps set, and the ’52 set is the number of cards in each set. 1952: 407 vs. 1953: 274.  Topps had left over cards in 1952 and it’s now hobby lore that they had to dump the excess inventory into the ocean.

1953 Topps Baseball was distributed in 4 different series.

  • Series 1: #1-85
  • Series 2: #86-165
  • Series 3: #166-220
  • Series 4: #221-280

Looking For Values/Prices? Price Guide App has a large listing of PSA graded cards from this set.

COMPLETE: 1953 Topps Baseball Checklist

1953 Topps Series 1
– Card #1-85 –
Check the top cards on eBay:
1    Jackie Robinson
2    Luke Easter
3    George Crowe
4    Ben Wade
5    Joe Dobson
6    Sam Jones
7    Bob Borkowski
8    Clem Koshorek
9    Joe Collins
10    Smoky Burgess
11    Sal Yvars
12    Howie Judson
13    Connie Marrero
14    Clem Labine
15    Bobo Newsom
16    Peanuts (Harry) Lowrey
17    Billy Hitchcock
18    Ted Lepcio
19    Mel Parnell
20    Hank Thompson
21    Billy Johnson
22    Howie Fox
23    Toby Atwell
24    Ferris Fain
25    Ray Boone
26    Dale Mitchell
27    Roy Campanella
28    Eddie Pellagrini
29    Hal Jeffcoat
30    Willard Nixon
31    Ewell Blackwell
32    Clyde Vollmer
33    Bob Kennedy
34    George Shuba
35    Irv Noren
36    Johnny Groth
37    Eddie (Ed) Mathews
38    Jim Hearn
39    Eddie Miksis
40    Johnny (John) Lipon
41    Enos Slaughter
42    Gus Zernial
43    Gil McDougald
44    Ellis Kinder
45    Grady Hatton
46    Johnny Klippstein
47    Bubba Church
48    Bobby (Bob) Del Greco
49    Faye Throneberry
50    Chuck Dressen
51    Frank Campos
52    Ted Gray
53    Sherm (Sherman) Lollar
54    Bob Feller
55    Mickey (Maurice) McDermott
56    Jerry (Gerald) Staley
57    Carl Scheib
58    Catfish (George) Metkovich
59    Karl Drews
60    Cloyd Boyer
61    Early Wynn
62    Monte Irvin
63    Gus Niarhos
64    Dave Philley
65    Earl Harrist
66    Minnie Minoso
67    Roy Sievers
68    Del Rice
69    Dick Brodowski
70    Eddie (Ed) Yuhas
71    Tony Bartirome
72    Fred Hutchinson
73    Eddie Robinson
74    Joe Rossi
75    Mike Garcia
76    Pee Wee Reese
77    Johnny (John) Mize
78    Red Schoendienst
79    Johnny Wyrostek
80    Jim Hegan
81    Joe Black
82    Mickey Mantle
83    Howie Pollet
84    Bob Hooper
85    Bobby Morgan

1953 Topps Series 2
– Card #86-165 –
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86    Billy Martin
87    Ed Lopat
88    Willie Jones
89    Chuck Stobbs
90    Hank Edwards
91    Ebba St. Claire
92    Paul Minner
93    Hal Rice
94    Bill (William) Kennedy
95    Willard Marshall
96    Virgil Trucks
97    Don Kolloway
98    Cal Abrams
99    Dave Madison
100    Bill Miller
101    Ted Wilks
102    Connie Ryan
103    Joe Astroth
104    Yogi Berra
105    Joe Nuxhall
106    Johnny Antonelli
107    Danny O’Connell
108    Bob Porterfield
109    Al Dark
110    Herm (Herman) Wehmeier
111    Hank Sauer
112    Ned Garver
113    Jerry Priddy
114    Phil Rizzuto
115    George Spencer
116    Frank Smith
117    Sid Gordon
118    Gus Bell
119    Johnny (John) Sain
120    Davey Williams
121    Walt Dropo
122    Elmer Valo
123    Tommy Byrne
124    Sibby Sisti
125    Dick Williams
126    Bill Connelly
127    Clint Courtney
128    Vinegar (Wilmer) Bend Mizell
129    Kite (Keith) Thomas
130    Turk Lown
131    Harry Byrd
132    Tom Morgan
133    Gil Coan
134    Rube Walker
135    Al Rosen
136    Ken Heintzelman
137    Johnny (John) Rutherford
138    George Kell
139    Sammy White
140    Tommy Glaviano
141    Allie Reynolds
142    Vic Wertz
143    Billy Pierce
144    Bob Schultz
145    Harry Dorish
146    Granny (Granville) Hamner
147    Warren Spahn
148    Mickey Grasso
149    Dom DiMaggio
150    Harry Simpson
151    Hoyt Wilhelm
152    Bobby (Bob) Adams
153    Andy Seminick
154    Dick Groat
155    Dutch Leonard
156    Jim Rivera
157    Bob Addis
158    Johnny (John) Logan
159    Wayne Terwilliger
160    Bobby (Bob) Young
161    Vern Bickford
162    Ted Kluszewski
163    Fred Hatfield
164    Spec (Frank) Shea
165    Billy Hoeft

1953 Topps Series 3
– Card #166-220 –
Check the top cards on eBay:
166    Billy (Bill) Hunter
167    Art Schult
168    Willard Schmidt
169    Dizzy Trout
170    Bill Werle
171    Bill Glynn
172    Rip Repulski
173    Preston Ward
174    Billy Loes
175    Ron Kline
176    Don Hoak
177    Jim Dyck
178    Jim Waugh
179    Gene Hermanski
180    Virgil Stallcup
181    Al Zarilla
182    Bobby (Bob) Hofman
183    Stu Miller
184    Hal Brown
185    Jim Pendleton
186    Charlie Bishop
187    Jim Fridley
188    Andy Carey
189    Ray Jablonski
190    Dixie Walker
191    Ralph Kiner
192    Wally Westlake
193    Mike Clark
194    Eddie Kazak
195    Ed McGhee
196    Bob Keegan
197    Del Crandall
198    Woody (Forrest) Main
199    Marion Fricano
200    Gordon Goldsberry
201    Paul LaPalme
202    Carl Sawatski
203    Cliff Fannin
204    Dick Bokelmann
205    Vern Benson
206    Ed Bailey
207    Whitey Ford
208    Jim Wilson
209    Jim Greengrass
210    Bob Cerv
211    JW Porter
212    Jack Dittmer
213    Ray Scarborough
214    Bill Bruton
215    Gene Conley
216    Jim Hughes
217    Murray Wall
218    Les Fusselman
219    Pete Runnels
220    Satchel Paige

1953 Topps Series 4
– Card #221-280 –
Check the top cards on eBay:
221    Bob Milliken
222    Vic Janowicz
223    Johnny (John) O’Brien
224    Lou Sleater
225    Bobby Shantz
226    Eddie (Ed) Erautt
227    Morrie (Morris) Martin
228    Hal Newhouser
229    Rocky Krsnich
230    Johnny Lindell
231    Solly Hemus
232    Dick Kokos
233    Al Aber
234    Ray Murray
235    Johnny (John) Hetki
236    Harry Perkowski
237    Bud (Clarence) Podbielan
238    Cal Hogue
239    Jim Delsing
240    Fred (Freddie) Marsh
241    Al Sima
242    Charlie Silvera
243    Carlos Bernier
244    Willie Mays
245    Bill Norman
246    Roy Face
247    Mike Sandlock
248    Gene Stephens
249    Eddie (Ed) O’Brien
250    Bob Wilson
251    Sid Hudson
252    Hank (Henry) Foiles
253    Card Never Issued
254    Preacher Roe
255    Dixie Howell
256    Les Peden
257    Bob Boyd
258    Jim Gilliam
259    Roy McMillan
260    Sam Calderone
261    Card Never Issued
262    Bob Oldis
263    Johnny (John) Podres
264    Gene Woodling
265    Jackie Jensen
266    Bob Cain
267    Card Never Issued
268    Card Never Issued
269    Duane Pillette
270    Vern Stephens
271    Card Never Issued
272    Bill Antonello
273    Harvey Haddix
274    John Riddle
275    Card Never Issued
276    Ken Raffensberger
277    Don Lund
278    Willy (Willie) Miranda
279    Joe Coleman
280    Milt Bolling

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