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1952 Topps Baseball Card Back

1952 Topps Baseball Card Back

The 1952 Topps baseball set introduced the world to a new era of sports cards. The 1952 cards were the first mainstream set to feature a larger cards, and this allowed for much more detailed information to be included on the cards, especially the backs of the cards. The front of the cards feature brilliant artistic portraits of the players, as well as a signature box at the bottom of the card showing the team logo, the player's printed name and a replica of the player's signature. The cards were so popular with collector's that Topps continued to produce five additional series as the season progressed, and the final set contained 407 cards, the largest number of cards to be featured in a major set in decades. The cards from the sixth and final series are rare, and are now known as the high number cards. The initial series contained cards numbers 1-80, and each card has two variations--a red back variation and a black back variation.

Star players were found in abundance in the '52 set. A few notables were missing including Ted Williams and Whitey Ford who were overseas in the military that year, and Stan Musial who had an exclusive contract with Bowman. But just about every other star made it into the set including the following cards which made PSA's list of "Top 250 Sportscards in the Hobby":

  • #311 Mickey Mantle (The #2 card after the T-206 Honus Wagner card)
  • #1 Andy Pafko (Very hard to find in good condition due to rubber band damage)
  • #191 Yogi Berra
  • #261 Willie Mays
  • #312 Jackie Robinson
  • #314 Roy Campanella
  • #407 Eddie Mathews

The complete 1952 Topps set also made PSA's list of the top 30 complete sets. The 1952 set will always be one of the all time classic sets and a favorite of vintage collectors.

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1952 Topps Checklist

1 Andy Pafko -- Brooklyn Dodgers
2 James E. Runnels -- Washington Senators
3 Hank Thompson -- New York Giants
4 Don Lenhardt -- Boston Braves
5 Larry Jansen -- New York Giants
6 Grady Hatton -- Cincinnati Reds
7 Wayne Terwilliger -- Brooklyn Dodgers
8 Fred Marsh -- St. Louis Browns
9 Bobby Hogue -- New York Yankees
10 Al Rosen -- Cleveland Indians
11 Phil Rizzuto -- New York Yankees
12 Monty Basgall -- Pittsburgh Pirates
13 Johnny Wyrostek -- Cincinnati Reds
14 Bob Elliott -- Boston Braves
15 Johnny Pesky -- Boston Braves
16 Gene Hermanski -- Chicago Cubs
17 Jim Hegan -- Cleveland Indians
18 Merrill Combs -- Cleveland Indians
19 Johnny Bucha -- St. Louis Cardinals
20 Billy Loes -- Brooklyn Dodgers
21 Ferris Fain -- Philadelphia Athletics
22 Dom DiMaggio -- Boston Red Sox
23 Billy Goodman -- Boston Red Sox
24 Luke Easter -- Cleveland Indians
25 Johnny Groth -- Detroit Tigers
26 Monty Irvin -- New York Giants
27 Sam Jethroe -- Boston Braves
28 Jerry Priddy -- Detroit Tigers
29 Ted Kluszewski -- Cincinnati Reds
30 Mel Parnell -- Boston Red Sox
31 Gus Zernial -- Philadelphia Athletics
32 Eddie Robinson -- Chicago White Sox
33 Warren Spahn -- Boston Braves
34 Elmer Valo -- Philadelphia Athletics
35 Hank Sauer -- Chicago Cubs
36 Gil Hodges -- Brooklyn Dodgers
37 Duke Snider -- Brooklyn Dodgers
38 Wally Westlake -- St. Louis Cardinals
39 "Dizzy" Trout -- Detroit Tigers
40 Irv Noren -- Washington Senators
41 Bob Wellman -- Philadelphia Athletics
42 Lou Kretlow -- Chicago White Sox
43 Ray Scarborough -- Boston Braves
44 Con Dempsey -- Philadelphia Phillies
45 Eddie Joost -- Philadelphia Athletics
46 Gordon Goldsberry -- St. Louis Browns
47 Willie Jones -- Philadelphia Phillies
48A Joe Page COR -- New York Yankees
48B Joe Page (Johnny Sain Bio on Back) -- New York Yankees
49A Johnny Sain COR -- New York Yankees
49B Johnny Sain (Joe Page Bio on Back) -- New York Yankees
50 Marv Rickert -- Chicago White Sox
51 Jim Russell -- Brooklyn Dodgers
52 Don Mueller -- New York Giants
53 Chris Van Cuyk -- Brooklyn Dodgers
54 Leo Kiely -- Boston Braves
55 Ray Boone -- Cleveland Indians
56 Tommy Glaviano -- St. Louis Cardinals
57 Ed Lopat -- New York Yankees
58 Bob Mahoney -- St. Louis Browns
59 Robin Roberts -- Philadelphia Phillies
60 Sid Hudson -- Washington Senators
61 "Tookie" Gilbert -- New York Giants
62 Chuck Stobbs -- Chicago White Sox
63 Howie Pollet -- Pittsburgh Pirates
64 Roy Sievers -- St. Louis Browns
65 Enos Slaughter -- St. Louis Cardinals
66 "Preacher" Roe -- Brooklyn Dodgers
67 Allie Reynolds -- New York Yankees
68 Cliff Chambers -- St. Louis Cardinals
69 Virgil Stallcup -- Cincinnati Reds
70 Al Zarilla -- Chicago White Sox
71 Tom Upton -- Washington Senators
72 Karl Olson -- Boston Braves
73 William Werle -- Pittsburgh Pirates
74 Andy Hansen -- Philadelphia Phillies
75 Wes Westrum -- New York Giants
76 Eddie Stanky -- St. Louis Cardinals
77 Bob Kennedy -- Cleveland Indians
78 Ellis Kinder -- Boston Braves
79 Gerald Staley -- St. Louis Cardinals
80 Herman Wehmeier -- Cincinnati Reds
81 Vernon Law -- Pittsburgh Pirates
82 Duane Pillette -- St. Louis Browns
83 Billy Johnson -- St. Louis Cardinals
84 Vern Stephens -- Boston Braves
85 Bob Kuzava -- New York Yankees
86 Ted Gray -- Detroit Tigers
87 Dale Coogan -- Pittsburgh Pirates
88 Bob Feller -- Cleveland Indians
89 Johnny Lipon -- Detroit Tigers
90 Mickey Grasso -- Washington Senators
91 Al Schoendienst -- St. Louis Cardinals
92 Dale Mitchell -- Cleveland Indians
93 Al Sima -- Washington Senators
94 Sam Mele -- Washington Senators
95 Ken Holcombe -- Chicago White Sox
96 Willard Marshall -- Boston Braves
97 Earl Torgeson -- Boston Braves
98 Bill Pierce -- Chicago White Sox
99 Gene Woodling -- New York Yankees
100 Del Rice -- St. Louis Cardinals
101 Max Lanier -- New York Giants
102 Bill Kennedy -- St. Louis Browns
103 Cliff Mapes -- Detroit Tigers
104 Don Kolloway -- Detroit Tigers
105 John Pramesa -- Chicago Cubs
106 Mickey Vernon -- Washington Senators
107 Connie Ryan -- Philadelphia Phillies
108 Jim Konstanty -- Philadelphia Phillies
109 Ted Wilks -- Pittsburgh Pirates
110 Dutch Leonard -- Chicago Cubs
111 Harry Lowrey -- St. Louis Cardinals
112 Henry Majeski -- Philadelphia Athletics
113 Dick Sister -- Cincinnati Reds
114 Willard Ramsdell -- Chicago Cubs
115 George Munger -- St. Louis Cardinals
116 Carl Scheib -- Philadelphia Athletics
117 Sherman Lollar -- Chicago White Sox
118 Ken Raffensberger -- Cincinnati Reds
119 Maurice McDermott -- Boston Braves
120 Bob Chakales -- Cleveland Indians
121 Gus Niarhos -- Boston Braves
122 Jack Jensen -- New York Yankees
123 Eddie Yost -- Washington Senators
124 Monte Kennedy -- New York Giants
125 Bill Rigney -- New York Giants
126 Fred Hutchinson -- Detroit Tigers
127 Paul Minner -- Chicago Cubs
128 Don Bollweg -- New York Yankees
129 Johnny Mize -- New York Yankees
130 Sheldon Jones -- New York Giants
131 Morrie Martin -- Philadelphia Athletics
132 Clyde Kluttz -- Washington Senators
133 Al Widmar -- Chicago White Sox
134 Joe Tipton -- Philadelphia Athletics
135 Dixie Howell -- Cincinnati Reds
136 Johnny Schmitz -- Brooklyn Dodgers
137 Roy McMillan -- Cincinnati Reds
138 Bill MacDonald -- Pittsburgh Pirates
139 Ken Wood -- Boston Braves
140 John Antonelli -- Boston Braves
141 Clint Hartung -- New York Giants
142 Harry Perkowski -- Cincinnati Reds
143 Les Moss -- St. Louis Browns
144 Ed Blake -- Cincinnati Reds
145 Joe Haynes -- Washington Senators
146 Frank House -- Detroit Tigers
147 Bob Young -- St. Louis Browns
148 Johnny Klippstein -- Chicago Cubs
149 Dick Kryhoski -- St. Louis Browns
150 Ted Beard -- Pittsburgh Pirates
151 Wally Post -- Cincinnati Reds
152 Al Evans -- Boston Braves
153 Bob Rush -- Chicago Cubs
154 Joe Muir -- Pittsburgh Pirates
155 Frank Overmire -- New York Yankees
156 Frank Hiller -- Cincinnati Reds
157 Bob Usher -- Chicago Cubs
158 Eddie Waitkus -- Philadelphia Phillies
159 Saul Rogovin -- Chicago White Sox
160 Owen Friend -- St. Louis Browns
161 Bud Byerly -- Cincinnati Reds
162 Del Crandall -- Boston Braves
163 Stan Rojek -- St. Louis Browns
164 Walt Dubiel -- Chicago Cubs
165 Eddie Kazak -- St. Louis Cardinals
166 Paul LaPalme -- Pittsburgh Pirates
167 Bill Howerton -- Pittsburgh Pirates
168 Charlie Silvera -- New York Yankees
169 Howie Judson -- Chicago White Sox
170 Gus Bell -- Pittsburgh Pirates
171 Ed Erautt -- Cincinnati Reds
172 Eddie Miksis -- Chicago Cubs
173 Roy Smalley -- Chicago Cubs
174 Clarence Marshall -- St. Louis Browns
175 Billy Martin -- New York Yankees
176 Hank Edwards -- Cincinnati Reds
177 Bill Wight -- Boston Braves
178 Cass Michaels -- Washington Senators
179 Frank Smith -- Cincinnati Reds
180 Charley Maxwell -- Boston Braves
181 Bob Swift -- Detroit Tigers
182 Billy Hitchcock -- Philadelphia Athletics
183 Erv Dusak -- Pittsburgh Pirates
184 Bob Ramazzotti -- Chicago Cubs
185 Bill Nicholson -- Philadelphia Phillies
186 Walt Masterson -- Boston Braves
187 Bob Miller -- Philadelphia Phillies
188 Clarence Podbielan -- Brooklyn Dodgers
189 Pete Reiser -- Cleveland Indians
190 Don Johnson -- Washington Senators
191 Yogi Berra -- New York Yankees
192 Myron Ginsberg -- Detroit Tigers
193 Harry Simpson -- Cleveland Indians
194 Joe Hatten -- Chicago Cubs
195 Orestes Minoso -- Chicago White Sox
196 Solly Hemus -- St. Louis Cardinals
197 George Strickland -- Pittsburgh Pirates
198 Phil Haugstad -- Brooklyn Dodgers
199 George Zuverink -- Cleveland Indians
200 Ralph Houk -- New York Yankees
201 Alex Kellner -- Philadelphia Athletics
202 Joe Collins -- New York Yankees
203 Curt Simmons -- Philadelphia Phillies
204 Ron Northey -- Chicago Cubs
205 Clyde King -- Brooklyn Dodgers
206 Joe Ostrowski -- New York Yankees
207 Mickey Harris -- Cleveland Indians
208 Marlin Stuart -- Detroit Tigers
209 Howie Fox -- Philadelphia Phillies
210 Dick Fowler -- Philadelphia Athletics
211 Ray Coleman -- Chicago White Sox
212 Ned Garver -- St. Louis Browns
213 Nippy Jones -- Philadelphia Phillies
214 Johnny Hopp -- New York Yankees
215 Hank Bauer -- New York Yankees
216 Richie Ashburn -- Philadelphia Phillies
217 George Stirnweiss -- Cleveland Indians
218 Clyde McCullough -- Pittsburgh Pirates
219 Bobby Shantz -- Philadelphia Athletics
220 Joe Presko -- St. Louis Cardinals
221 Granny Hamner -- Philadelphia Phillies
222 "Hoot" Evers -- Detroit Tigers
223 Del Ennis -- Philadelphia Phillies
224 Bruce Edwards -- Chicago Cubs
225 Frank Baumholtz -- Chicago Cubs
226 Dave Philley -- Philadelphia Athletics
227 Joe Garagiola -- Pittsburgh Pirates
228 Al Brazle -- St. Louis Cardinals
229 Gene Bearden -- St. Louis Browns
230 Matt Batts -- Detroit Tigers
231 Sam Zoldak -- Philadelphia Athletics
232 Billy Cox -- Brooklyn Dodgers
233 Bob Friend -- Pittsburgh Pirates
234 Steve Souchock -- Detroit Tigers
235 Walt Dropo -- Boston Braves
236 Ed FitzGerald -- Pittsburgh Pirates
237 Jerry Coleman -- New York Yankees
238 Art Houtteman -- Detroit Tigers
239 Rocky Bridges -- Brooklyn Dodgers
240 Jack Phillips -- Pittsburgh Pirates
241 Tommy Byrne -- St. Louis Browns
242 Tom Poholsky -- St. Louis Cardinals
243 Larry Doby -- Cleveland Indians
244 Vic Wertz -- Detroit Tigers
245 Sherry Robertson -- Washington Senators
246 George Kell -- Detroit Tigers
247 Randy Gumpert -- Boston Braves
248 Frank Shea -- Washington Senators
249 Bobby Adams -- Cincinnati Reds
250 Carl Erskine -- Brooklyn Dodgers
251 Chico Carrasquel -- Chicago White Sox
252 Vern Bickford -- Boston Braves
253 Johnny Berardino -- Cleveland Indians
254 Joe Dobson -- Chicago White Sox
255 Clyde Vollmer -- Boston Braves
256 Pete Suder -- Philadelphia Athletics
257 Bobby Avila -- Cleveland Indians
258 Steve Gromek -- Cleveland Indians
259 Bob Addis -- Chicago Cubs
260 Pete Castiglione -- Pittsburgh Pirates
261 Willie Mays -- New York Giants
262 Virgil Trucks -- Detroit Tigers
263 Harry Brecheen -- St. Louis Cardinals
264 Roy Hartsfield -- Boston Braves
265 Chuck Diering -- New York Giants
266 Murry Dickson -- Pittsburgh Pirates
267 Sid Gordon -- Boston Braves
268 Bob Lemon -- Cleveland Indians
269 Willard Nixon -- Boston Braves
270 Lou Brissie -- Cleveland Indians
271 Jim Delsing -- St. Louis Browns
272 Mike Garcia -- Cleveland Indians
273 Erv Palica -- Brooklyn Dodgers
274 Ralph Branca -- Brooklyn Dodgers
275 Pat Mullin -- Detroit Tigers
276 Jim Wilson -- Boston Braves
277 Early Wilson -- Cleveland Indians
278 Al Clark -- Philadelphia Athletics
279 Ed Stewart -- Chicago White Sox
280 Cloyd Boyer -- St. Louis Cardinals
281 Tommy Brown -- Philadelphia Phillies
282 Birdie Tebbetts -- Cleveland Indians
283 Phil Masi -- Chicago White Sox
284 Hank Arft -- St. Louis Browns
285 Cliff Fannin -- St. Louis Browns
286 Joe DeMaestri -- St. Louis Browns
287 Steve Bilko -- St. Louis Cardinals
288 Chet Nichols -- Boston Braves
289 Tommy Holmes -- Boston Braves
290 Joe Astroth -- Philadelphia Athletics
291 Gil Coan -- Washington Senators
292 Floyd Baker -- Washington Senators
293 Sibby Sisti -- Boston Braves
294 Walker Cooper -- Boston Braves
295 Phil Cavarretta -- Chicago Cubs
296 "Red" Rolfe -- Detroit Tigers
297 Andy Seminick -- Cincinnati Reds
298 Bob Ross -- Washington Senators
299 Ray Murray -- Philadelphia Athletics
300 Barney McCosky -- Cleveland Indians
301 Bob Porterfield -- Washington Senators
302 Max Surkont -- Boston Braves
303 Harry Dorish -- Chicago White Sox
304 Sam Dente -- Chicago White Sox
305 Paul Richards -- Chicago White Sox
306 Lou Sleater -- Washington Senators
307 Frank Campos -- Washington Senators
308 Luis Aloma -- Chicago White Sox
309 Jim Busby -- Washington Senators
310 George Metkovich -- Pittsburgh Pirates
311a Mickey Mantle -- incomplete black box around NY logo -- New York Yankees
311b Mickey Mantle -- complete black box around NY logo -- New York Yankees
312 Jackie Robinson -- Brooklyn Dodgers
313 Bobby Thomson -- New York Giants
314 Roy Campanella -- Brooklyn Dodgers
315 Leo Durocher -- New York Giants
316 Davey Williams -- New York Giants
317 Connie Marrero -- Washington Senators
318 Hal Gregg -- New York Giants
319 Al Walker -- Brooklyn Dodgers
320 John Rutherford -- Brooklyn Dodgers
321 Joe Black -- Brooklyn Dodgers
322 Randy Jackson -- Chicago Cubs
323 Bubba Church -- Cincinnati Reds
324 Warren Hacker -- Chicago Cubs
325 Bill Serena -- Chicago Cubs
326 George Shuba -- Brooklyn Dodgers
327 Archie Wilson -- Boston Braves
328 Bob Borkowski -- Cincinnati Reds
329 Ivan Delock -- Boston Braves
330 Turk Lown -- Chicago Cubs
331 Tom Morgan -- New York Yankees
332 Tony Bartirome -- Pittsburgh Pirates
333 Pee Wee Reese -- Brooklyn Dodgers
334 Wilmer Mizell -- St. Louis Cardinals
335 Ted Lepcio -- Boston Braves
336 Dave Koslo -- New York Giants
337 Jim Hearn -- New York Giants
338 Sal Yvars -- New York Giants
339 Russ Meyer -- Philadelphia Phillies
340 Bob Hooper -- Philadelphia Athletics
341 Hal Jeffcoat -- Chicago Cubs
342 Clem Labine -- Brooklyn Dodgers
343 Dick Gernert -- Boston Braves
344 Ewell Blackwell -- Cincinnati Reds
345 Sam White -- Boston Braves
346 George Spencer -- New York Giants
347 Joe Adcock -- Cincinnati Reds
348 Bob Kelly -- Chicago Cubs
349 Bob Cain -- St. Louis Browns
350 Cal Abrams -- Cincinnati Reds
351 Al Dark -- New York Giants
352 Karl Drews -- Philadelphia Phillies
353 Bob Del Greco -- Pittsburgh Pirates
354 Fred Hatfield -- Detroit Tigers
355 Bobby Morgan -- Brooklyn Dodgers
356 Toby Atwell -- Chicago Cubs
357 Smoky Burgess -- Philadelphia Phillies
358 John Kucab -- Philadelphia Athletics
359 Dee Fondy -- Chicago Cubs
360 George Crowe -- Boston Braves
361 Bill Posedel -- Pittsburgh Pirates
362 Ken Heintzelman -- Philadelphia Phillies
363 Dick Rozek -- Cleveland Indians
364 Clyde Sukeforth -- Pittsburgh Pirates
365 "Cookie" Lavagetto -- Brooklyn Dodgers
366 Dave Madison -- St. Louis Browns
367 Bob Thorpe -- Boston Braves
368 Ed Wright -- Philadelphia Athletics
369 Dick Groat -- Pittsburgh Pirates
370 Billy Hoeft -- Detroit Tigers
371 Bob Hofman -- New York Giants
372 Gil McDougald -- New York Yankees
373 Jim Turner -- New York Yankees
374 Al Benton -- Boston Braves
375 Jack Merson -- Pittsburgh Pirates
376 Faye Throneberry -- Boston Red Sox
377 Chuck Dressen -- Brooklyn Dodgers
378 Les Fusselman -- St. Louis Cardinals
379 Joe Rossi -- Cincinnati Reds
380 Clem Koshorek -- Pittsburgh Pirates
381 Milton Stock -- Pittsburgh Pirates
382 Sam Jones -- Cleveland Indians
383 Del Wilber -- Boston Braves
384 Frank Crosetti -- New York Yankees
385 Herman Franks -- New York Giants
386 Eddie Yuhas -- St. Louis Cardinals
387 Billy Meyer -- Pittsburgh Pirates
388 Bob Chipman -- Boston Braves
389 Ben Wade -- Brooklyn Dodgers
390 Glenn Nelson -- Brooklyn Dodgers
391 Ben Chapman -- (Sam Chapman pictured on card) -- Cincinnati Reds
392 Hoyt Wilhelm -- New York Giants
393 Ebba St. Claire -- Boston Braves
394 Billy Herman -- Brooklyn Dodgers
395 Jake Pitler -- Brooklyn Dodgers
396 Dick Williams -- Brooklyn Dodgers
397 Forrest Main -- Pittsburgh Pirates
398 Hal Rice -- St. Louis Cardinals
399 Jim Fridley -- Cleveland Indians
400 Bill Dickey -- New York Yankees
401 Bob Schultz -- Chicago Cubs
402 Earl Harrist -- St. Louis Browns
403 Bill Miller -- New York Yankees
404 Dick Brodowski -- Boston Braves
405 Eddie Pellagrini -- Cincinnati Reds
406 Joe Nuxhall -- Cincinnati Reds
407 Ed Mathews -- Boston Braves