Sunday, November 1, 2009

1956 Topps

The 1956 Topps Baseball card set is considered by many to be one of the most attractive and highly desired sets ever produced.

Number of Cards

The 1956 Topps set had 340 cards, with 22 Cubs players and 14 variations.

Size of Cards

This would be the last year that Topps cards measured 3 ¾ by 2 5/8

Basic Features

The design is very similar to the 1955 Topps baseball card set. A full color portrait combined with a full body action pose makes up the basic image.

The 1956 Topps Baseball card backs provide a wealth of information about the player, including biographical and statistical data, in addition to the exquisitely designed card front. The well-known three-panel comic strips offer extra details on the athlete that are portrayed.

To prevent purchasing a false piece of history, always get a professionally graded card from a recognized provider.. In the future, graded cards will be significantly more valuable.

Subsets include
multi-player cards

Released in 4 series
Series I: 1-100
Series 2: 101-180
Series 3: 181-260
Series 4: 261-340 is slightly more difficult and expensive to collect.

Errors & Variations
#1 to 180 with white or gray backs

Team cards with 3 front variations (and 2 more back variations due to the gray/white backs)

Chicago Cubs 1956 Topps Checklist

Number Player
11A Cubs TC/Centered
11B Cubs TC/Dated 1955
11C Cubs TC/Name at far left
11D Cubs TC GB
15 Ernie Banks DP
15A Ernie Banks GB
41 Hank Sauer
41A Hank Sauer GB
66 Bob Speake DP RC
66A Bob Speake GB RC
74 Jim King RC
74A Jim King GB RC
96 Bill Tremel
96A Bill Tremel GB
102 Jim Davis
102A Jim Davis WB
112 Dee Fondy
112A Dee Fondy WB
124 Don Kaiser
124A Don Kaiser WB
142 Gene Baker
142A Gene Baker WB
179 Harry Chiti
179A Harry Chiti WB
182 Paul Minner
194 Monte Irvin
214 Bob Rush
227 Russ Meyer
250 Larry Doby
259 Sam Jones
282 Warren Hacker
285 Eddie Miksis
291 Frank Kellert RC
314 Hobie Landrith
335 Don Hoak