I'm finding it very difficult to complete my 1958 Topps mid-grade set. I am 50 cards away and stand at 89% completion at this point. I have tried to find some good deals on 1958 cards but have yet to find too many. Why is it that the 1958 Topps set is one of the harder vintage Topps sets to put together? Obviously if I had the money, I would just buy the set all at once. But since I don't, I have been slowly acquiring cards one by one and that is seemingly endless. I think one of the major reasons is because the size of the set is larger than the 1957 set. In fact, the 494 card 1958 set was the biggest Topps has ever produced at that time. If it was only 407 cards like in 1957, I probably would have had the set completed by now. The 1958 Topps set is one of my least favorite designs although I like the way that most of the cards show close up pictures of my favorite ball players. Another nice touch in the set are the inclusion of several cards with more than one player on it. It took me awhile to come up with my five favorite 1958 Topps cards but I finally decided on the following:
1958 Topps #5 Willie Mays
1958 Topps #30 Hank Aaron
The real home run champ! I find it very amazing that someone of Hank Aaron's size could belt out home runs the way he did. This card is one of my favorites because of the close up picture. I also like the green background. I don't own this card yet but I plan to someday - hopefully soon!
1958 Topps #487 Mickey Mantle All-Star
Sport Magazine had an easy time in selecting Mantle as an All-Star for the American League. I also had an easy time in selecting him as one of my favorite players. 1958 Topps was the first time Topps produced All-Star cards. A great decision that collectors were in favor of since Topps is still making All-Star cards today.
1958 Topps #418 World Series Batting Foes
This card is one of my top five favorites because it showcases two of my favorite players of all time. I like the pose of them in their batting stances. I also like these special cards because they are different from the rest of the cards in the set and they really stand out.
1958 Topps #150 Mickey Mantle
This is one of my favorite cards that I do not own as of yet. I have looked for a good deal on a PSA 5 but the ones I have seen are priced too high for me. I like the light orange background with a great close up of Mickey looking off to his right. This card is the most expensive card in the set and selected by most, if not everyone, to be included among their favorites of the set.
Those are my favorites from 1958. What are yours? I'd be interested to hear from you. Please look at my web site here if you want to see my Topps set progress tracker. Again, I would welcome your feedback. Thanks!!
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