Monday, August 24, 2009

1954 Topps Baseball Card Set & The Holy Grail of Cub Cards


The design of the Topps 1954 baseball card set is one of the cleanest ever. Topps was the first issue to use 2 player photos on the front of the card. This set contains 250 player cards measuring 2-5/8 x 3/3/4 (inches). A color photo of the player dominated the card with a small action shot in black and white. The larger picture was usually a head shot. The black and white action picture, while much smaller, always overlapped the foreground picture, so the full figured batting stance, swing or pitching motion was never lost. The dark green back with the white words included cartoons, called “Inside Baseball” along with stats, and a short bio of the player. The other very bothersome aspect of the backs was that they weren’t printed consistently in the same direction, so when the cards were carefully sorted, you find the fronts in all directions
Of course now it’s time to talk about the holy grail of cub cards the 1954 Topps rookie Ernie banks Arguably the single most important player in Chicago Cubs history, Ernie Banks electrified fans on the North Side when he burst onto the major league scene in 1953. Be sure to read the back of the card----quite interesting. I didn't realize that Ernie played for the Kansas City Monarchs in the Negro League
 
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94 Ernie Banks Rookie $
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#4 Hank Sauer 40.00
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#28 Paul Minner 20.00
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#31 Johnny Klippstein 25.00
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#55 Phil Cavarretta Mgr 50.00
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#60 Frank Baumholtz 30.00
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#67 Jim Willis Rookie 40.00
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#76 Bob Scheffing Coach 25.00
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#89 Howie Pollet 25.00
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#94 Ernie Banks Rookie 2,000.00
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#229 Bob Talbot Rookie 25.00
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#243 Ray Blades Coach 25.00
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