Launching A New Project: Original Pictures Used For The 1952 Topps Baseball Set

Attention baseball card collectors and fans of vintage photography! I’ve been quietly building up a new resource here on PostWarCards, and it has 16 pages already.  The 1952 Topps baseball set is the king of post-war cards. And because one of my passions is finding and sharing original photos used to create classic cards, I … Read more

10 Things You May Not Know About The 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle Card

Considered one of the most iconic and recognizable cards in baseball card collecting, the 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle card symbolizes the post-war hobby. Often ranked as the second most important card of all time, right behind the T206 Honus Wagner, this card is a white whale item for many collectors. But there are plenty … Read more

10 Original Mickey Mantle Photos Used For His Early Baseball Cards

Vintage baseball cards are incredibly popular, but people sometimes forget that baseball card manufacturers had to find original photographs to design the cards around. Here are some original photos of Mickey Mantle that Bowman, Topps, and Wheaties used on some of his earlier baseball cards. 1951 Bowman #253 and 1953 Topps #82 Mickey Mantle Cards … Read more

The 1952 Topps Look ’N See Set

The 135-card 1952 Topps Look ‘N See set is often described as the ideal non-sports set in the post-war hobby and is incredibly popular. Its popularity probably stems from the year of release and the diversity of subjects (political figures, musicians, explorers, pirates, etc.) appealing to a wide swath of collectors. Forty-two collectors are sharing … Read more

5 Baseball Reprint Sets You Should Know

Manufacturers have reprinted certain vintage baseball sets looking to cash in on the original’s popularity. And the interesting thing is, some of these reprint sets have become pricier and more collectible than you would think. So here are five baseball reprint sets you might not know a lot about. 1983 Topps 1952 Reprint Set These … Read more

When It Comes To 1952 Bowman Football Size Matters

The pair of 1952 Bowman football sets, small and large, are two of the most desirable sets in vintage football. The small cards measure 2-1/16″ by 3-1/8″ while the large cards are 2-1/2″ by 3-3/4″. And while both sets feature the same 144 brilliant portraits, the large set drew immediate fan approval, and they remain … Read more

A Vintage Post War Sports Card Draft Over the Decades

With the NFL season kicking off and fantasy sports being as popular as they are, I thought it would be fun to draft sports card decades across the four major sports. I’m matching the four major sports (Baseball, Basketball, Football, and Hockey) with the four major post-war decades (the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s). With the … Read more

8 Reasons Why 1952 Topps Baseball Isn’t a Perfect Set

1952 Topps baseball is generally recognized as one of the Big 3 baseball sets with 1909-11 T206 and 1933 Goudey, making it the most iconic postwar set. It also contains one of the most recognizable cards of all time, Mickey Mantle’s 2nd-year card, and great bookends in Andy Pafko and Eddie Matthews. The 407-card 1952 … Read more

Classic Images of Unopened Sports Cards

There are a few classic images that get shared around the hobby a lot. I thought it would be cool to consolidate a few of them in one place and share a bit about their backgrounds. 1952 Topps Baseball Woolworth’s Display This photo is from the Woolworths in the Bronx, on Fordham Road, displaying a … Read more

10 Random Post War Baseball Card Facts

The sports card hobby is full of interesting quirks and tidbits. Perhaps some of these factoids will make for longer, dedicated blog posts in the future, but in the meantime, here are ten random (and short) post-war baseball card facts. 1 Topps released cards in dedicated series through 1973, usually releasing a new series every … Read more