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Post War Baseball Card Superlatives

In this article I’m simply going to go through a few of my “favorites” from the post-war baseball card era.

Toughest Condition Oddball – 1969 Topps Deckle Edge

I wrote an article about this set back in July, 2020.

1969 Topps Deckle Edge #33 Willie Mays

Toughest Condition Set – 1971 Topps

Those black borders got scuffed in no time.

1971 Topps #26 Bert Blyleven

Best Looking 3 Year Run – 1950, 1951, and 1952 bowman


1950 Bowman #98 Ted Williams
1951 Bowman #253 Mickey Mantle
1952 Bowman #196 Stan Musial

Most Iconic Set – 1952 Topps

Andy Pafko, Yogi Berra, Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Eddie Mathews Cards are all considered Top 250 cards in our hobbies history.

1952 Topps #1 Andy Pafko

Best Star Power – 1957 Topps

Ted Williams, Don Drysdale, Frank Robinson, Sandy Koufax, Brooks Robinson, Yankee Power Hitters, among many others.

1957 Topps #407 Mantle/Berra Yankees’ Power Hitters

Best Looking Wax Pack – 1956 Topps 1 Cent Pack

1956 Topps Baseball 1 Cent Wax Pack

Best Looking Wax Box – 1962 Topps

1975 Topps is my runner-up, but 1957 Topps and 1970 Topps are also excellent.

1962 Topps Wax Box
1975 Topps Wax Box

Toughest High Numbers – 1967 Topps

Cards 534-609 are in such high demand. 

1967 Topps #581 Mets Rookies Tom Seaver

Best Sub Sets – 1958 and 1959 Topps All-Stars

The first two post-war sub sets.

1958 Topps #494 Warren Spahn All Star
1959 Topps #563 Willie Mays All Star

Most Under-appreciated – 1948 Leaf and 1953 Topps

1948 Leaf had a lot of star power and Babe Ruth and Satchel Paige command huge prices.

1948 Leaf #8 Satchel Paige

1953 Topps has an amazing look but gets overlooked because it followed the iconic 1952 Topps set.

1953 Topps #1 Jackie Robinson

What do you think? What are some of your favorite sets from this era? Let me know in the comments or over on Twitter.

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