Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The 1952 Topps baseball card set is the most popular sportscard set ever produced

If you where going to start a Baseball card collection the 1952 Topps Would be it.
Measuring 2 5/8" x 3 3/4" (the standard size until 1957), the 1952 Topps issue was an innovation on both size and design. The larger size allowed for complete statistical data for each player to be printed on the reverse, the very first time this was ever done, and a tradition that continues today. The 407 card set was enormous at the time, making it the largest set if its day (surpassed in 1957 and subsequent years). Cards featured a bright and artistically drawn black and white photo on the front, with beautiful team logos adjacent to a facsimile autograph. This facsimile autograph would reappear in later Topps issues, but no set has yet recaptured the beauty of this classic set design.

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PRINT RUN 1: Cards # 1-80 'Low Numbers'

Topps printed the cards on 100 card sheets. To get the first print run to 100 cards they 'double printed' 20 cards from the series. A Double Print is a card that was printed in double the quantity compared to the other cards in the same series.

The first run of 1952 Topps included all black backs. In the second wave of printing for the first series, The final wave of printing saw the debut of the red backs. Topps must have been selling the 1952 set well at the time, because there seems to be more red backs then black backs.

Cubs with the low numbers:
16 Gene Hermanski
35 Hank Sauer

PRINT RUN 2: Cards #81-131
These cards would start off with the red backs and that would be the norm for the rest of the prints.
50 single print, and 50 double print cards make up print run #2. and are probably the most common 1952 cards on the market today

Cubs with with print run 2
105 John Pramesa
110 Dutch Leonard
114 Willard Ramsdell
127 Paul Minner

PRINT RUN 3:Cards #131-190
These cards have the distinction of being printed using white and gray back cardboard.
20 single print cards and 40 double print cards.

Cubs with with print run 3
148 Johnny Klippstein
153 Bob Rush
157 Bob Usher
164 Walt Dubiel
172 Eddie Miksis
173 Roy Smalley
184 Bob Ramazzotti

PRINT RUN 4: Cards #191-250
All of the cards in this print run seem to have been printed in a similar fashion with few, if any, variance.
The 4th print run featured 20 single print cards and 40 double print cards. The 3rd and 4th print runs are plagued with paper chipping that leads to poor grades.

Cubs with with print run 4
194 Joe Hatten
204 Ron Northey
224 Bruce Edwards
225 Frank Baumholtz

PRINT RUN 5: Cards #251-310
contained numerous short print cards. Cards 281 through 300 of the print run actually carry a premium in some price guides.
Print run number 5 for the 1952 Topps set had 40 double print cards, and 20 single print cards
Cubs with with print run 5
259 Bob Addis
295 Phil Cavarretta

PRINT RUN 6: Cards #311-407 'High Numbers'

The most famous print run of 1952 Topps baseball is by far the sixth series. The run had 94 single print cards and 6 double print cards.

Topps issued this print run after the baseball season was over. Rumors are they were mostly sold in Canada. Topps had so many left over they even packed them onto a boat and dumped them into the Atlantic Ocean.

Because so many cards of the sixth series where destroyed,
they now carry a premium as they are the scarcer of all the series

Cubs with with print run 6
322 Randy Jackson
324 Warren Hacker
325 Bill Serena
330 Turk Lown
341 Hal Jeffcoat
348 Bob Kelly
356 Toby Atwell
359 Dee Fondy Jr
401 Bob Schultz


16 Gene Hermanski
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35 Hank Sauer
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105 John Pramesa
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110 Dutch Leonard
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114 Willard Ramsdell
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127 Paul Minner
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148 Johnny Klippstein
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153 Bob Rush
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157 Bob Usher
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164 Walt Dubiel
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172 Eddie Miksis
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173 Roy Smalley
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184 Bob Ramazzotti
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194 Joe Hatten
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204 Ron Northey
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224 Bruce Edwards
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225 Frank Baumholtz
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259 Bob Addis
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295 Phil Cavarretta
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322 Randy Jackson
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324 Warren Hacker
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325 Bill Serena
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330 Turk Lown
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341 Hal Jeffcoat
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348 Bob Kelly
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356 Toby Atwell
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359 Dee Fondy Jr
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401 Bob Schultz
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Of course the 52 Topps are the mostly counterfit series around.If the card has been graded by any service other than PSA, GAI, SGC or Beckett, it is generally not a real card or altered. All cards graded by PRO, GEM, AAA, PCG, MINT or any other grading service you've never heard of should be completely avoided. These companies do not look for alterations and many do not bother to detect the authenticity. PRO and GEM have a reputation in the industry as the holders of choice for altered cards. A huge majority of cards found in PRO and GEM holders have been altered.

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