The 1959 Topps set consists of 572 cards and is a very colorful set. This was my second Topps set to complete from the 1950's with 1957 being the first. I wouldn't have completed this set if it wasn't for my good friend and fellow card collector Pete Lampo. Over a period of a year or so, Pete traded me his extra 1959's for cards he needed to complete his sets. Before I knew it, I was down to just needing one card and ended up buying it to finish my set. That card is one of my favorites -- Hall of Famer Bob Gibson. Speaking of my favorites, here are my five favorite 1959 Topps cards in no particular order:
1959 Topps #564 Mickey Mantle AS
This is a very rare hard to find high series card. I have always liked the design of the Sporting News All Stars and this one showcases my favorite player of all time.
1959 Topps #514 Bob Gibson RC
The last 1959 Topps I bought to finish my set is one of my favorites. This card too is a high series card and hard to find in a decent condition at a good price. Bob Gibson was one of my favorite pitchers who changed the game literally. Because of him, MLB lowered the height of the mound after the season in which he posted a 1.12 ERA.
1959 Topps #10 Mickey Mantle
The most expensive card in the set and no surprise to see on my top five list is The Mick. This card was given to me by my friend Pete. OK, he didn't really GIVE it to me, but he did let me trade for it.
1959 Topps #550 Roy Campanella
This is one of my favorite cards. I am glad Topps honored Campy with a tribute card. Roy Campanella's stellar baseball career was cut short when he became paralyzed in a car accident and confined to a wheel chair for the rest of his life.
1959 Topps #464 Mays Catch Makes History
The catch in the outfield that all outfielders know about. Willie Mays made an over the head basket catch in Game 1 of the 1954 World Series and Topps captures the event on one of my favorite 1959 Topps cards.
And those five are my favorite five cards of 1959. It was tough to narrow down my list if favorites to five as there were other favorites such as Hank Aaron and Sandy Koufax that maybe should have made the cut. What do you think? Do you agree with my list? I'd like to hear your opinions. 🙂
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