I thought it would fun to chronicle my favorite cards from each year since Topps started producing full sized cards. I will pick out my favorites starting with 1952 Topps. These will not necessarily be the most expensive cards in the set, just the ones that I consider my favorites. The five I pick out from each year will not be in any particular order. Here are the five I consider my favorites:
1952 Topps #31 Gus Zernial
I like this card with the baseballs on the bat. The back of the card says he has six children so I assume that is why he has six baseballs on the bat. Or maybe he got six hits in a game. Not sure why, but I am sure that this is one of my five favorite 1952 Topps cards.
1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle
This is by far the most popular card Topps has ever produced and it would be wrong for me to have a top five and not include "The Mick". This is a "high series" card meaning it was made later in the year thus it wasn't produced as much as the regular series cards. It has been rumored that the high series cards didn't sell as well as Topps had hoped, so Topps dumped a bunch of cases, along with Mickey Mantle cards, into the Atlantic Ocean.
1952 Topps #191 Yogi Berra
I have had this card in my collection for years as it was one of the first 1952 Topps cards I have owned. Every time I look at the card I think of one of the great Yogisms out there like, "It ain't over, 'til it's over.". I also like, "A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore. " Yogi has always been a class act and one of my favorite 1952 Topps cards.
1952 Topps #33 Warren Spahn
The 1952 Topps Warren Spahn is one of my favorites because I like the bright red color on the front of the card and because I think he was one of the game's greatest pitchers. Although I am too young to have seen Warren Spahn pitch, I've been told he was quite intimidating with his high leg kick and fast delivery.
1952 Topps #261 Willie Mays
The "Say Hey Kid" is one of my favorite 1952 Topps cards of all time. Some people say this is his rookie card but Bowman actually made a card of him in 1951. This is however his first Topps card and a very popular one at that. Willie Mays has always been a favorite of mine and I would like to someday own this card.
And there you have it! I'm sure some of you might think I should have included some others like Andy Pafko, Jackie Robinson, and Ed Mathews but the five I listed are my all-time favorites. What are your favorite five? I'd like to hear from you.
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