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1957 Topps Contest Cards

The 1957 Topps baseball set is one of the most popular in the hobby. It features color photographs and established the card size that the industry adheres to today. The cards also featured, for the first time, multiple-year player statistics. But more importantly, there are a huge number of Hall of Famers in this set.

However, to complete the set, some ancillary cards are needed, and four of them are contest cards. The idea was pretty simple, guess the score of one American League and one National League game on the card’s date, then mail the card in with bubble gum wrappers by an indicated data. If you guessed both games correctly, you got the prize of your choice.

1957 Topps Contest Card – Saturday, May 4th

1957 Topps Contest Card, May 4th

The correct picks were:

Indians 5, Red Sox 2

Redlegs 5, Giants 2

The PSA population report shows 258 graded cards, and recently a PSA 7 sold for $175.

1957 Topps Contest Card – Saturday, May 25th

1957 Topps Contest Card, May 25th

The correct picks were:

Athletics 5, Tigers 3

Phillies 8, Pirates 6

The PSA population report shows 284 graded cards, and recently a PSA 7 sold for $150.

1957 Topps Contest Card – Saturday, June 22nd 

1957 Topps Contest Card, June 22nd

The correct picks were:

Yankees 6, White Sox 5

Dodgers 6, Cardinals 4

The PSA population report shows 333 graded cards, and recently a PSA 7 sold for $132, and a PSA 9 just sold for $2794 on August 31st, 2020.

1957 Topps Contest Card – Friday, July 19th

1957 Topps Contest Card, July 19th

The correct picks were:

Orioles 4, Athletics 2

Braves 3, Giants 1

The July 19th Contest Card is the toughest to find. The PSA population report shows just 181 graded cards, and recently a PSA 6 sold for $275. The last PSA 8 sold for $720 in March 2019.

The backs of the contest cards are all the same, explaining how to enter. However, each card has different prizes and a faded number (1 through 4) corresponding to the Contest Cards’ order. 1 for May 4th, 2 for May 25th, etc.

1957 Topps Contest Card, May 4th, Reverse
1957 Topps Contest Card, May 25th, Reverse
1957 Topps Contest Card, June 22nd, Reverse
1957 Topps Contest Card, July 19th, Reverse

In addition to these tough Contest Cards, “complete” 1957 Topps set collectors will also have to find a series of checklists and a Lucky Penny Insert Card. I like these Contest Cards because they have a bit of history, and since people had to send them back to Topps, they are pretty tough to find.

Are you a 1957 Topps collector? What’s your favorite card? Let me know in the comments or over on Twitter.

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