1952 Topps

Total Cards: 407

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

Rating: 8.4 (49 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.

User Comments

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.

Aug. 19, 2013 - 7:52AM

What a treat to see! I collected cards from the early era(started at 1954 when I was 8 years old)but I had 2 older brothers who had the 1952 cards). Of course, we never had the foresight nor the money to keep them in that condition. We flipped them against the wall and maybe kept some of our beloved Dodgers aside(Furillo, Snider,Podres, Labine, Robinson, Hodgers, etc.). The typical story happened to me. Went into the Army in 1966 and my beloved Mom gave them to my cousins.(no regrets at all) Would you trade 3 catseye marbles for the 52 Mantle? Just joking. Thanks! Bob Bartell


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Nov. 13, 2010 - 8:52AM


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