1951 Topps Baseball - Vintage Review - Red & Blue Back Checklist

1951 Topps Baseball
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1951 Topps Baseball Box

1951 was the first time the Topps Company decided to try using baseball player cards to increase the sales of their caramel candy line.  They were targeting kids, of course, so they decided to sell the cards in packs netting two cards for 0.01 cent.  One of the unfortunate things for kids back in the 50's collecting 1951 Topps Baseball is that sometimes the caramel candy would melt inside the package and ruin the cards, and the candy as well. 

The 1951 Topps set is much different then the 1952 set. For one, the size. The '51 set has only 104 cards, while the '52 set is a 407 card masterpiece.  The size of the cards themselves are very different. The 1952 are smaller then the normal card today, and the 1952 Topps are larger.

One thing is for certain, while Topps was initially trying to use the cards as a way to promote their candy business, after the popularity of the 1951 Topps set, they began focusing on the cards as the main attraction when buying a pack, with the candy being a bonus.

Here is the breakdown of the 1951 Topps Baseball Set:

COMPLETE SET: 104 Cards
Think of the '51 Topps set as a deck of playing cards. 2 sets of 52 cards making up the 104 card checklist.
  • 52 Red Backs
  • 52 Blue Backs
1951 Topps Gerry Coleman 1951 Topps Jim Hegan 1951 Topps Red Back 1951 Topps Blue Back

The key was to complete a 104 card set so that you could play the game associated with 1951 Topps Baseball. The front of the card would have an action like "ball" or "home run" and you could battle your friend in a contest to see who could out draw the other. The game didn't really catch on, and Topps went with a different approach in 1952, opting to use stats and biographical information.

SMALL CARD SIZE: (2 inches by 2-5/8 inches)

The standard card size today is 2-1/2 inches by 3-1/2 inches, making the 1951 Topps set considerably smaller.  The cards were meant to be shuffled and played with.  The idea behind a smaller design was probably so that they would fit in a child's hand.

BLUE BACKS ARE MORE SCARCE:
The red backs and the blue backs came out at the same time, but for some reason the blue backs are much more difficult to find today.

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1951 Topps Pack
1951 Topps Red Back Checklist          1951 Blue Back Checklist
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Yogi Berra
Sid Gordon
Ferris Fain
Vern Stephens
Phil Rizzuto
Allie Reynolds
Howie Pollet
Early Wynn
Roy Sievers
Mel Parnell
Gene Hermanski
Jim Hegan
Dale Mitchell
Wayne Terwilliger
Ralph Kiner
Preacher Roe
Gus Bell
Jerry Coleman
Dick Kokos
Dom DiMaggio
Larry Jansen
Bob Feller
Ray Boone
Hank Bauer
Cliff Chambers
Luke Easter
Wally Westlake
Elmer Valo
Bob Kennedy
Warren Spahn
Gil Hodges
Hank Thompson
Bill Werle
Grady Hatton
Al Rosen
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Gus Zernial
Wes Westrum
Duke Snider
Ted Kluszewski
Mike Garcia
Whitey Lockman
Ray Scarborough
Mickey McDermott
Sid Hudson
Andy Seminick
Billy Goodman
Tommy Glaviano
Eddie Stanky
Al Zarilla
Monte Irvin
Eddie Robinson
Tommy Holmes
Tommy Holmes
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