1952 Topps Checklist

The 1952 Topps set is widely considered by collectors to be one of the groundbreaking sports card sets of all time.  The cards were huge compared to the previous 50+ years of sets.   This allowed for enhanced artwork, more information of the backs and additional features.  Just about every professional baseball player was included in the set, in fact the 407 cards made up the largest set ever at the time.

Packs of 1952 Topps cards came in two varieties, a single card pack that cost one penny and a five card pack that cost five cents.  The set was released in six different series, and was full of future hall of famers.  Notable players that did not make it into the set were Ted Williams and Whitey Ford who were on military duties at the time, and Stan Musial whose Bowman contract forbid him from appearing in a competitor's set.

High Numbers -- The sixth of the six series included card numbers 311-407 and are considerably more rare than the rest of the set.  There are several theories as to why this is the case, with the generally accepted theory being that retailers did not order as much because card sales typically tapered off the later it got in the year, and many of the players in the sixth series were up and coming stars such as Mickey Mantle, but not known as the huge stars they would eventually become.  There is a now semi-legendary story that Topps had so much excess inventory of series six cards that they did not know how to get rid of all of them during a warehouse cleanup in the early 1960's, and ended up hiring a garbage boat to dump them into the Atlantic Ocean!  They estimate Davey Jones offering at 300-500 cases.

Errors and variations -- There are plenty of errors and variations for collectors who are into those sort of things.  The first series featured cards 1-80 and each of these cards had both a red back and a black back variation.  Card numbers 48 and 49 have the old switcharoo.  Card #48 is Joe Page and #49 is Johnny Sain, and both cards have a version where the back of the card has the other players card back and both cards have a corrected version.  Card #391 of Ben Chapman actually shows Sam Chapman but was never corrected.

Series 1 -- Card numbers 1-80 were released in the first series and contained several stars and future Hall of Famers.  Due to the common practice of rubber banding cards at the time, card #1 of Andy Pafko is extremely difficult to find in decent condition and thus has become one of the most sought after non-star/non-error cards in the hobby.  Other important cards from the first series include Phil Rizzuto (card #11), Warren Spahn (card #33), Gil Hodges (card #36) and Duke Snider (card #37).

Series 2 -- Card numbers 81-130 make up series 2.  The key card here is #88, future Hall of Famer Bob Feller.

Series 3 -- Card numbers 131-190 are found in series 3.  The key card in this series is a player who would later become possible the most infamous manager in baseball history...Billy Martin (card #175).

Series 4 -- Card numbers 191-250 comprise series 4.  The big name card in this series is #191, future Hall of Famer...the beloved Yogi Berra.

Series 5 -- Card numbers 251-310 make the fifth series.  The most sought after card from this series is #261, the Say Hey Kid...Willie Mays.

Series 6 -- Card numbers 311-407 complete the set.  The sixth series of 1952 Topps are commonly referred to as the high numbers, and the checklist featurs some of the greatest cards in the hobby.  The first card in the series is one known by any collector, the 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle card.  This card is widely considered to be one of the top five cards in the hobby, and have sold for $100,000 plus in nice condition.  Keeping Mantle company are greats such as #312 Jackie Robinson, #333 Pee Wee Reese, #400 Bill Dickey and #407 Eddie Matthews.

Key Cards in the 1952 Topps Set (Click on the card image to search for that card on eBay):

1 Andy Pafko 11 Phil Rizzuto
33 Warren Spahn 36 Gil Hodges
37 Duke Snider 88 Bob Feller
191 Yogi Berra 261 Willie Mays
311 Mickey Mantle 312 Jackie Robinson
314 Roy Campanella 333 Pee Wee Reese
400 Bill Dickey 407 Ed Mathews

1952 Topps Checklist

1 Andy Pafko (Brooklyn Dodgers)
2 James E. Runnels (Washington Senators)
3 Hank Thompson (New York Giants)
4 Don Lenhardt (Boston Braves)
5 Larry Jansen (New York Giants)
6 Grady Hatton (Cincinnati Reds)
7 Wayne Terwilliger (Brooklyn Dodgers)
8 Fred Marsh (St. Louis Browns)
9 Bobby Hogue (New York Yankees)
10 Al Rosen (Cleveland Indians)
11 Phil Rizzuto (New York Yankees)
12 Monty Basgall (Pittsburgh Pirates)
13 Johnny Wyrostek (Cincinnati Reds)
14 Bob Elliott (Boston Braves)
15 Johnny Pesky (Boston Braves)
16 Gene Hermanski (Chicago Cubs)
17 Jim Hegan (Cleveland Indians)
18 Merrill Combs (Cleveland Indians)
19 Johnny Bucha (St. Louis Cardinals)
20 Billy Loes (Brooklyn Dodgers)
21 Ferris Fain (Philadelphia Athletics)
22 Dom DiMaggio (Boston Red Sox)
23 Billy Goodman (Boston Red Sox)
24 Luke Easter (Cleveland Indians)
25 Johnny Groth (Detroit Tigers)
26 Monty Irvin (New York Giants)
27 Sam Jethroe (Boston Braves)
28 Jerry Priddy (Detroit Tigers)
29 Ted Kluszewski (Cincinnati Reds)
30 Mel Parnell (Boston Red Sox)
31 Gus Zernial (Philadelphia Athletics)
32 Eddie Robinson (Chicago White Sox)
33 Warren Spahn (Boston Braves)
34 Elmer Valo (Philadelphia Athletics)
35 Hank Sauer (Chicago Cubs)
36 Gil Hodges (Brooklyn Dodgers)
37 Duke Snider (Brooklyn Dodgers)
38 Wally Westlake (St. Louis Cardinals)
39 "Dizzy" Trout (Detroit Tigers)
40 Irv Noren (Washington Senators)
41 Bob Wellman (Philadelphia Athletics)
42 Lou Kretlow (Chicago White Sox)
43 Ray Scarborough (Boston Braves)
44 Con Dempsey (Philadelphia Phillies)
45 Eddie Joost (Philadelphia Athletics)
46 Gordon Goldsberry (St. Louis Browns)
47 Willie Jones (Philadelphia Phillies)
48A Joe Page COR (New York Yankees)
48B Joe Page (Johnny Sain Bio on Back) (New York Yankees)
49A Johnny Sain COR (New York Yankees)
49B Johnny Sain (Joe Page Bio on Back) (New York Yankees)
50 Marv Rickert (Chicago White Sox)
51 Jim Russell (Brooklyn Dodgers)
52 Don Mueller (New York Giants)
53 Chris Van Cuyk (Brooklyn Dodgers)
54 Leo Kiely (Boston Braves)
55 Ray Boone (Cleveland Indians)
56 Tommy Glaviano (St. Louis Cardinals)
57 Ed Lopat (New York Yankees)
58 Bob Mahoney (St. Louis Browns)
59 Robin Roberts (Philadelphia Phillies)
60 Sid Hudson (Washington Senators)
61 "Tookie" Gilbert (New York Giants)
62 Chuck Stobbs (Chicago White Sox)
63 Howie Pollet (Pittsburgh Pirates)
64 Roy Sievers (St. Louis Browns)
65 Enos Slaughter (St. Louis Cardinals)
66 "Preacher" Roe (Brooklyn Dodgers)
67 Allie Reynolds (New York Yankees)
68 Cliff Chambers (St. Louis Cardinals)
69 Virgil Stallcup (Cincinnati Reds)
70 Al Zarilla (Chicago White Sox)
71 Tom Upton (Washington Senators)
72 Karl Olson (Boston Braves)
73 William Werle (Pittsburgh Pirates)
74 Andy Hansen (Philadelphia Phillies)
75 Wes Westrum (New York Giants)
76 Eddie Stanky (St. Louis Cardinals)
77 Bob Kennedy (Cleveland Indians)
78 Ellis Kinder (Boston Braves)
79 Gerald Staley (St. Louis Cardinals)
80 Herman Wehmeier (Cincinnati Reds)
81 Vernon Law (Pittsburgh Pirates)
82 Duane Pillette (St. Louis Browns)
83 Billy Johnson (St. Louis Cardinals)
84 Vern Stephens (Boston Braves)
85 Bob Kuzava (New York Yankees)
86 Ted Gray (Detroit Tigers)
87 Dale Coogan (Pittsburgh Pirates)
88 Bob Feller (Cleveland Indians)
89 Johnny Lipon (Detroit Tigers)
90 Mickey Grasso (Washington Senators)
91 Al Schoendienst (St. Louis Cardinals)
92 Dale Mitchell (Cleveland Indians)
93 Al Sima (Washington Senators)
94 Sam Mele (Washington Senators)
95 Ken Holcombe (Chicago White Sox)
96 Willard Marshall (Boston Braves)
97 Earl Torgeson (Boston Braves)
98 Bill Pierce (Chicago White Sox)
99 Gene Woodling (New York Yankees)
100 Del Rice (St. Louis Cardinals)
101 Max Lanier (New York Giants)
102 Bill Kennedy (St. Louis Browns)
103 Cliff Mapes (Detroit Tigers)
104 Don Kolloway (Detroit Tigers)
105 John Pramesa (Chicago Cubs)
106 Mickey Vernon (Washington Senators)
107 Connie Ryan (Philadelphia Phillies)
108 Jim Konstanty (Philadelphia Phillies)
109 Ted Wilks (Pittsburgh Pirates)
110 Dutch Leonard (Chicago Cubs)
111 Harry Lowrey (St. Louis Cardinals)
112 Henry Majeski (Philadelphia Athletics)
113 Dick Sister (Cincinnati Reds)
114 Willard Ramsdell (Chicago Cubs)
115 George Munger (St. Louis Cardinals)
116 Carl Scheib (Philadelphia Athletics)
117 Sherman Lollar (Chicago White Sox)
118 Ken Raffensberger (Cincinnati Reds)
119 Maurice McDermott (Boston Braves)
120 Bob Chakales (Cleveland Indians)
121 Gus Niarhos (Boston Braves)
122 Jack Jensen (New York Yankees)
123 Eddie Yost (Washington Senators)
124 Monte Kennedy (New York Giants)
125 Bill Rigney (New York Giants)
126 Fred Hutchinson (Detroit Tigers)
127 Paul Minner (Chicago Cubs)
128 Don Bollweg (New York Yankees)
129 Johnny Mize (New York Yankees)
130 Sheldon Jones (New York Giants)
131 Morrie Martin (Philadelphia Athletics)
132 Clyde Kluttz (Washington Senators)
133 Al Widmar (Chicago White Sox)
134 Joe Tipton (Philadelphia Athletics)
135 Dixie Howell (Cincinnati Reds)
136 Johnny Schmitz (Brooklyn Dodgers)
137 Roy McMillan (Cincinnati Reds)
138 Bill MacDonald (Pittsburgh Pirates)
139 Ken Wood (Boston Braves)
140 John Antonelli (Boston Braves)
141 Clint Hartung (New York Giants)
142 Harry Perkowski (Cincinnati Reds)
143 Les Moss (St. Louis Browns)
144 Ed Blake (Cincinnati Reds)
145 Joe Haynes (Washington Senators)
146 Frank House (Detroit Tigers)
147 Bob Young (St. Louis Browns)
148 Johnny Klippstein (Chicago Cubs)
149 Dick Kryhoski (St. Louis Browns)
150 Ted Beard (Pittsburgh Pirates)
151 Wally Post (Cincinnati Reds)
152 Al Evans (Boston Braves)
153 Bob Rush (Chicago Cubs)
154 Joe Muir (Pittsburgh Pirates)
155 Frank Overmire (New York Yankees)
156 Frank Hiller (Cincinnati Reds)
157 Bob Usher (Chicago Cubs)
158 Eddie Waitkus (Philadelphia Phillies)
159 Saul Rogovin (Chicago White Sox)
160 Owen Friend (St. Louis Browns)
161 Bud Byerly (Cincinnati Reds)
162 Del Crandall (Boston Braves)
163 Stan Rojek (St. Louis Browns)
164 Walt Dubiel (Chicago Cubs)
165 Eddie Kazak (St. Louis Cardinals)
166 Paul LaPalme (Pittsburgh Pirates)
167 Bill Howerton (Pittsburgh Pirates)
168 Charlie Silvera (New York Yankees)
169 Howie Judson (Chicago White Sox)
170 Gus Bell (Pittsburgh Pirates)
171 Ed Erautt (Cincinnati Reds)
172 Eddie Miksis (Chicago Cubs)
173 Roy Smalley (Chicago Cubs)
174 Clarence Marshall (St. Louis Browns)
175 Billy Martin (New York Yankees)
176 Hank Edwards (Cincinnati Reds)
177 Bill Wight (Boston Braves)
178 Cass Michaels (Washington Senators)
179 Frank Smith (Cincinnati Reds)
180 Charley Maxwell (Boston Braves)
181 Bob Swift (Detroit Tigers)
182 Billy Hitchcock (Philadelphia Athletics)
183 Erv Dusak (Pittsburgh Pirates)
184 Bob Ramazzotti (Chicago Cubs)
185 Bill Nicholson (Philadelphia Phillies)
186 Walt Masterson (Boston Braves)
187 Bob Miller (Philadelphia Phillies)
188 Clarence Podbielan (Brooklyn Dodgers)
189 Pete Reiser (Cleveland Indians)
190 Don Johnson (Washington Senators)
191 Yogi Berra (New York Yankees)
192 Myron Ginsberg (Detroit Tigers)
193 Harry Simpson (Cleveland Indians)
194 Joe Hatten (Chicago Cubs)
195 Orestes Minoso (Chicago White Sox)
196 Solly Hemus (St. Louis Cardinals)
197 George Strickland (Pittsburgh Pirates)
198 Phil Haugstad (Brooklyn Dodgers)
199 George Zuverink (Cleveland Indians)
200 Ralph Houk (New York Yankees)
201 Alex Kellner (Philadelphia Athletics)
202 Joe Collins (New York Yankees)
203 Curt Simmons (Philadelphia Phillies)
204 Ron Northey (Chicago Cubs)
205 Clyde King (Brooklyn Dodgers)
206 Joe Ostrowski (New York Yankees)
207 Mickey Harris (Cleveland Indians)
208 Marlin Stuart (Detroit Tigers)
209 Howie Fox (Philadelphia Phillies)
210 Dick Fowler (Philadelphia Athletics)
211 Ray Coleman (Chicago White Sox)
212 Ned Garver (St. Louis Browns)
213 Nippy Jones (Philadelphia Phillies)
214 Johnny Hopp (New York Yankees)
215 Hank Bauer (New York Yankees)
216 Richie Ashburn (Philadelphia Phillies)
217 George Stirnweiss (Cleveland Indians)
218 Clyde McCullough (Pittsburgh Pirates)
219 Bobby Shantz (Philadelphia Athletics)
220 Joe Presko (St. Louis Cardinals)
221 Granny Hamner (Philadelphia Phillies)
222 "Hoot" Evers (Detroit Tigers)
223 Del Ennis (Philadelphia Phillies)
224 Bruce Edwards (Chicago Cubs)
225 Frank Baumholtz (Chicago Cubs)
226 Dave Philley (Philadelphia Athletics)
227 Joe Garagiola (Pittsburgh Pirates)
228 Al Brazle (St. Louis Cardinals)
229 Gene Bearden (St. Louis Browns)
230 Matt Batts (Detroit Tigers)
231 Sam Zoldak (Philadelphia Athletics)
232 Billy Cox (Brooklyn Dodgers)
233 Bob Friend (Pittsburgh Pirates)
234 Steve Souchock (Detroit Tigers)
235 Walt Dropo (Boston Braves)
236 Ed FitzGerald (Pittsburgh Pirates)
237 Jerry Coleman (New York Yankees)
238 Art Houtteman (Detroit Tigers)
239 Rocky Bridges (Brooklyn Dodgers)
240 Jack Phillips (Pittsburgh Pirates)
241 Tommy Byrne (St. Louis Browns)
242 Tom Poholsky (St. Louis Cardinals)
243 Larry Doby (Cleveland Indians)
244 Vic Wertz (Detroit Tigers)
245 Sherry Robertson (Washington Senators)
246 George Kell (Detroit Tigers)
247 Randy Gumpert (Boston Braves)
248 Frank Shea (Washington Senators)
249 Bobby Adams (Cincinnati Reds)
250 Carl Erskine (Brooklyn Dodgers)
251 Chico Carrasquel (Chicago White Sox)
252 Vern Bickford (Boston Braves)
253 Johnny Berardino (Cleveland Indians)
254 Joe Dobson (Chicago White Sox)
255 Clyde Vollmer (Boston Braves)
256 Pete Suder (Philadelphia Athletics)
257 Bobby Avila (Cleveland Indians)
258 Steve Gromek (Cleveland Indians)
259 Bob Addis (Chicago Cubs)
260 Pete Castiglione (Pittsburgh Pirates)
261 Willie Mays (New York Giants)
262 Virgil Trucks (Detroit Tigers)
263 Harry Brecheen (St. Louis Cardinals)
264 Roy Hartsfield (Boston Braves)
265 Chuck Diering (New York Giants)
266 Murry Dickson (Pittsburgh Pirates)
267 Sid Gordon (Boston Braves)
268 Bob Lemon (Cleveland Indians)
269 Willard Nixon (Boston Braves)
270 Lou Brissie (Cleveland Indians)
271 Jim Delsing (St. Louis Browns)
272 Mike Garcia (Cleveland Indians)
273 Erv Palica (Brooklyn Dodgers)
274 Ralph Branca (Brooklyn Dodgers)
275 Pat Mullin (Detroit Tigers)
276 Jim Wilson (Boston Braves)
277 Early Wilson (Cleveland Indians)
278 Al Clark (Philadelphia Athletics)
279 Ed Stewart (Chicago White Sox)
280 Cloyd Boyer (St. Louis Cardinals)
281 Tommy Brown (Philadelphia Phillies)
282 Birdie Tebbetts (Cleveland Indians)
283 Phil Masi (Chicago White Sox)
284 Hank Arft (St. Louis Browns)
285 Cliff Fannin (St. Louis Browns)
286 Joe DeMaestri (St. Louis Browns)
287 Steve Bilko (St. Louis Cardinals)
288 Chet Nichols (Boston Braves)
289 Tommy Holmes (Boston Braves)
290 Joe Astroth (Philadelphia Athletics)
291 Gil Coan (Washington Senators)
292 Floyd Baker (Washington Senators)
293 Sibby Sisti (Boston Braves)
294 Walker Cooper (Boston Braves)
295 Phil Cavarretta (Chicago Cubs)
296 "Red" Rolfe (Detroit Tigers)
297 Andy Seminick (Cincinnati Reds)
298 Bob Ross (Washington Senators)
299 Ray Murray (Philadelphia Athletics)
300 Barney McCosky (Cleveland Indians)
301 Bob Porterfield (Washington Senators)
302 Max Surkont (Boston Braves)
303 Harry Dorish (Chicago White Sox)
304 Sam Dente (Chicago White Sox)
305 Paul Richards (Chicago White Sox)
306 Lou Sleater (Washington Senators)
307 Frank Campos (Washington Senators)
308 Luis Aloma (Chicago White Sox)
309 Jim Busby (Washington Senators)
310 George Metkovich (Pittsburgh Pirates)
311a Mickey Mantle -- incomplete black box around NY logo (New York Yankees)
311b Mickey Mantle -- complete black box around NY logo (New York Yankees)
312 Jackie Robinson (Brooklyn Dodgers)
313 Bobby Thomson (New York Giants)
314 Roy Campanella (Brooklyn Dodgers)
315 Leo Durocher (New York Giants)
316 Davey Williams (New York Giants)
317 Connie Marrero (Washington Senators)
318 Hal Gregg (New York Giants)
319 Al Walker (Brooklyn Dodgers)
320 John Rutherford (Brooklyn Dodgers)
321 Joe Black (Brooklyn Dodgers)
322 Randy Jackson (Chicago Cubs)
323 Bubba Church (Cincinnati Reds)
324 Warren Hacker (Chicago Cubs)
325 Bill Serena (Chicago Cubs)
326 George Shuba (Brooklyn Dodgers)
327 Archie Wilson (Boston Braves)
328 Bob Borkowski (Cincinnati Reds)
329 Ivan Delock (Boston Braves)
330 Turk Lown (Chicago Cubs)
331 Tom Morgan (New York Yankees)
332 Tony Bartirome (Pittsburgh Pirates)
333 Pee Wee Reese (Brooklyn Dodgers)
334 Wilmer Mizell (St. Louis Cardinals)
335 Ted Lepcio (Boston Braves)
336 Dave Koslo (New York Giants)
337 Jim Hearn (New York Giants)
338 Sal Yvars (New York Giants)
339 Russ Meyer (Philadelphia Phillies)
340 Bob Hooper (Philadelphia Athletics)
341 Hal Jeffcoat (Chicago Cubs)
342 Clem Labine (Brooklyn Dodgers)
343 Dick Gernert (Boston Braves)
344 Ewell Blackwell (Cincinnati Reds)
345 Sam White (Boston Braves)
346 George Spencer (New York Giants)
347 Joe Adcock (Cincinnati Reds)
348 Bob Kelly (Chicago Cubs)
349 Bob Cain (St. Louis Browns)
350 Cal Abrams (Cincinnati Reds)
351 Al Dark (New York Giants)
352 Karl Drews (Philadelphia Phillies)
353 Bob Del Greco (Pittsburgh Pirates)
354 Fred Hatfield (Detroit Tigers)
355 Bobby Morgan (Brooklyn Dodgers)
356 Toby Atwell (Chicago Cubs)
357 Smoky Burgess (Philadelphia Phillies)
358 John Kucab (Philadelphia Athletics)
359 Dee Fondy (Chicago Cubs)
360 George Crowe (Boston Braves)
361 Bill Posedel (Pittsburgh Pirates)
362 Ken Heintzelman (Philadelphia Phillies)
363 Dick Rozek (Cleveland Indians)
364 Clyde Sukeforth (Pittsburgh Pirates)
365 "Cookie" Lavagetto (Brooklyn Dodgers)
366 Dave Madison (St. Louis Browns)
367 Bob Thorpe (Boston Braves)
368 Ed Wright (Philadelphia Athletics)
369 Dick Groat (Pittsburgh Pirates)
370 Billy Hoeft (Detroit Tigers)
371 Bob Hofman (New York Giants)
372 Gil McDougald (New York Yankees)
373 Jim Turner (New York Yankees)
374 Al Benton (Boston Braves)
375 Jack Merson (Pittsburgh Pirates)
376 Faye Throneberry (Boston Red Sox)
377 Chuck Dressen (Brooklyn Dodgers)
378 Les Fusselman (St. Louis Cardinals)
379 Joe Rossi (Cincinnati Reds)
380 Clem Koshorek (Pittsburgh Pirates)
381 Milton Stock (Pittsburgh Pirates)
382 Sam Jones (Cleveland Indians)
383 Del Wilber (Boston Braves)
384 Frank Crosetti (New York Yankees)
385 Herman Franks (New York Giants)
386 Eddie Yuhas (St. Louis Cardinals)
387 Billy Meyer (Pittsburgh Pirates)
388 Bob Chipman (Boston Braves)
389 Ben Wade (Brooklyn Dodgers)
390 Glenn Nelson (Brooklyn Dodgers)
391 Ben Chapman -- (Sam Chapman pictured on card) (Cincinnati Reds)
392 Hoyt Wilhelm (New York Giants)
393 Ebba St. Claire (Boston Braves)
394 Billy Herman (Brooklyn Dodgers)
395 Jake Pitler (Brooklyn Dodgers)
396 Dick Williams (Brooklyn Dodgers)
397 Forrest Main (Pittsburgh Pirates)
398 Hal Rice (St. Louis Cardinals)
399 Jim Fridley (Cleveland Indians)
400 Bill Dickey (New York Yankees)
401 Bob Schultz (Chicago Cubs)
402 Earl Harrist (St. Louis Browns)
403 Bill Miller (New York Yankees)
404 Dick Brodowski (Boston Braves)
405 Eddie Pellagrini (Cincinnati Reds)
406 Joe Nuxhall (Cincinnati Reds)
407 Ed Mathews (Boston Braves)

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