1954 Topps Checklist

In 1954, Topps released it's third straight set of "giant-sized" cards, but they made this set much more action oriented and colorful than the previous two sets.  Each 1954 Topps card featured a brightly colored background (dark orange, green, light blue, orange, red, white or yellow) with a color upper body portrait rendering of the player, along with a smaller black and white full body action pic of the player and a facsimile autograph at the bottom of the card.  The players name was at the top of the card in either red or white letters, along with their position and team name in black letters.  The top of each card also had the team logo of the player.  The bright colors were not just on the front of the cards either, with the backs having a bright green background on the bottom half of the backs of the cards.  All the usual biography info was on the back, as well as player stats for the previous year and career totals, and cartoon drawings featuring interesting facts at the bottom of the card.  One interesting fact is that since the backs of the cards featured green background that went all the way to the border of the card, the card backs were printed bottom to top on the printing sheets while the fronts of the cards were all printed the same way.  This means that if you sort a set of 1954 cards by looking at the backs and aligning the numbers, then flip the cards over, you will see half of the cards upside down and half right side up.

Although the 1954 Topps set only consists of 250 cards, it is highlighted by many future Hall of Famers, including rookie cards of Hank Aaron, Al Kaline and Ernie Banks.  Unfortunately, Bowman locked up Mickey Mantle to an exclusive contract so he does not appear in the set, but Ted Williams had returned from military duty in Korea and was finally included in a Topps set.  In fact, he is featured on both the first card and the last card in the set and an action shot of Williams batting was used on the 5 cent pack retail boxes!

Key cards in the set include #1 Ted Williams, #10 Jackie Robinson, #13 Billy Martin, #17 Phil Rizzuto, #20 Warren Spahn, #30 Eddie Mathews, #32 Duke Snider, #37 Whitey Ford, #50 Yogi Berra, #90 Willie Mays, #94 Ernie Banks (rookie), #132 Tom Lasorda (rookie), #128 Henry Aaron (rookie), #201 Al Kaline (rookie) and #250 Ted Williams.

Unlike the previous two Topps sets, there are no really hard to find short print cards in the set.  This makes the 1954 set much easier to put together, although it can still be a challenge to find higher grade condition cards.  The 1954 set was released in at least three series.  Series 1 consisted of cards 1-50, series 2 consisted of cards 51-75 and series 3 rounded out the set.  What is now considered series 3 might have actually been more series, but no on at Topps can confirm whether that was true or not.  A Canadian version of the first series was also released, with a gray and green back instead of white and green.  Cards could be found in penny one card packs, nickel four cards packs or fifteen card cello packs.

Errors and Variations:  There were only uncorrected errors, so nothing that would cause extreme rarity.  Preacher Roe (#14) had the month of February misspelled on the back of the card, Johnny Lipton is pictured in a Boston Red Sox hat but the front of the card says he plays for the Baltimore Orioles and the back of the card says he plays for the Chicago White Sox, and Bill Glynn (#178) has his last name misspelled as Gylnn.

Key Cards in the 1954 Topps Set (Click on the card image to search for that card on eBay):

1 Ted Williams 10 Jackie Robinson
20 Warren Spahn 30 Ed Mathews
32 Duke Snider 37 Whitey Ford
50 Yogi Berra 90 Willie Mays
94 Ernie Banks 128 Hank Aaron
201 Al Kaline 250 Ted Williams

1954 Topps Checklist

1 Ted Williams (Boston Red Sox)
2 Gus Zernial (Philadelphia Athletics)
3 Monte Irvin (New York Giants)
4 Hank Sauer (Chicago Cubs)
5 Ed Lopat (New York Yankees)
6 Pete Runnels (Washington Senators)
7 Ted Kluszewski (Cincinnati Reds)
8 Bobby Young (Baltimore Orioles)
9 Harvey Haddix (St. Louis Cardinals)
10 Jackie Robinson (Brooklyn Dodgers)
11 Paul Smith (Pittsburgh Pirates)
12 Del Crandall (Milwaukee Braves)
13 Billy Martin (New York Yankees)
14 Preacher Roe (Brooklyn Dodgers)
15 Al Rosen (Cleveland Indians)
16 Vic Janowicz (Pittsburgh Pirates)
17 Phil Rizzuto (New York Yankees)
18 Walt Dropo (Detroit Tigers)
19 Johnny Lipon (Baltimore Orioles)
20 Warren Spahn (Milwaukee Braves)
21 Bobby Shantz (Philadelphia Athletics)
22 Jim Greengrass (Cincinnati Reds)
23 Like Easter (Cleveland Indians)
24 Granny Hamner (Philadelphia Phillies)
25 Harvey Kuenn (Detroit Tigers)
26 Ray Jablonski (St. Louis Cardinals)
27 Ferris Fain (Chicago White Sox)
28 Paul Minner (Chicago Cubs)
29 Jim Hegan (Cleveland Indians)
30 Ed Mathews (Milwaukee Braves)
31 Johnny Klippstein (Chicago Cubs)
32 Duke Snider (Brooklyn Dodgers)
33 Johnny Schmitz (Washington Senators)
34 Jim Rivera (Chicago White Sox)
35 Junior Gilliam (Brooklyn Dodgers)
36 Hoyt Wilhelm (New York Giants)
37 Whitey Ford (New York Yankees)
38 Eddie Stanky (St. Louis Cardinals)
39 Sherm Lollar (Chicago White Sox)
40 Mel Parnell (Boston Red Sox)
41 Willie Jones (Philadelphia Phillies)
42 Don Mueller (New York Giants)
43 Dick Groat (Pittsburgh Pirates)
44 Ned Garver (Detroit Tigers)
45 Richie Ashburn (Philadelphia Phillies)
46 Ken Raffensberger (Cincinnati Reds)
47 Ellis Kinder (Boston Red Sox)
48 Billy Hunter (Baltimore Orioles)
49 Ray Murray (Philadelphia Athletics)
50 Yogi Berra (New York Yankees)
51 Johnny Lindell (Philadelphia Phillies)
52 Vic Power (Philadelphia Athletics)
53 Jack Dittmer (Milwaukee Braves)
54 Vern Stephens (Baltimore Orioles)
55 Phil Cavarretta (Chicago Cubs)
56 Willie Miranda (New York Yankees)
57 Luis Aloma (Chicago White Sox)
58 Bob Wilson (Chicago White Sox)
59 Gene Conley (Milwaukee Braves)
60 Frank Baumholtz (Chicago Cubs)
61 Bob Cain (Philadelphia Athletics)
62 Eddie Robinson (New York Yankees)
63 Johnny Pesky (Detroit Tigers)
64 Hank Thompson (New York Giants)
65 Bob Swift (Detroit Tigers)
66 Ted Lepcio (Boston Red Sox)
67 Jim Willis (Chicago Cubs)
68 Sammy Calderone (Milwaukee Braves)
69 Bud Podbielan (Cincinnati Reds)
70 Larry Doby (Cleveland Indians)
71 Frank Smith (Cincinnati Reds)
72 Preston Ward (Pittsburgh Pirates)
73 Wayne Terwilliger (Washington Senators)
74 Bill Taylor (New York Giants)
75 Fred Haney (Pittsburgh Pirates)
76 Bob Scheffing (Chicago Cubs)
77 Ray Boone (Detroit Tigers)
78 Ted Kazanski (Philadelphia Phillies)
79 Andy Pafko (Milwaukee Braves)
80 Jackie Jensen (Boston Red Sox)
81 Dave Hoskins (Cleveland Indians)
82 Milt Bolling (Boston Red Sox)
83 Joe Collins (New York Yankees)
84 Dick Cole (Pittsburgh Pirates)
85 Bob Turley (Baltimore Orioles)
86 Billy Herman (Brooklyn Dodgers)
87 Roy Face (Pittsburgh Pirates)
88 Matt Batts (Detroit Tigers)
89 Howie Pollet (Chicago Cubs)
90 Willie Mays (New York Giants)
91 Bob Oldis (Washington Senators)
92 Wally Westlake (Cleveland Indians)
93 Sid Hudson (Boston Red Sox)
94 Ernie Banks (Chicago Cubs)
95 Hal Rice (Pittsburgh Pirates)
96 Charlie Silvera (New York Yankees)
97 Jerry Lane (Washington Senators)
98 Joe Black (Brooklyn Dodgers)
99 Bob Hofman (New York Giants)
100 Bob Keegan (Chicago White Sox)
101 Gene Woodling (New York Yankees)
102 Gil Hodges (Brooklyn Dodgers)
103 Jim Lemon (Cleveland Indians)
104 Mike Sandlock (Philadelphia Phillies)
105 Andy Carey (New York Yankees)
106 Dick Kokos (Baltimore Orioles)
107 Duane Pillette (Baltimore Orioles)
108 Thronton Kipper (Philadelphia Phillies)
109 Bill Bruton (Milwaukee Braves)
110 Harry Dorish (Chicago White Sox)
111 Jim Delsing (Detroit Tigers)
112 Bill Renna (Philadelphia Athletics)
113 Bob Boyd (Chicago White Sox)
114 Dean Stone (Washington Senators)
115 "Rip" Repulski (St. Louis Cardinals)
116 Steve Bilko (St. Louis Cardinals)
117 Solly Hemus (St. Louis Cardinals)
118 Carl Scheib (Philadelphia Athletics)
119 Johnny Antonelli (New York Giants)
120 Roy McMillan (Cincinnati Reds)
121 Clem Labine (Brooklyn Dodgers)
122 Johnny Logan (Milwaukee Braves)
123 Bobby Adams (Cincinnati Reds)
124 Marion Fricano (Philadelphia Athletics)
125 Harry Perkowski (Cincinnati Reds)
126 Ben Wade (Brooklyn Dodgers)
127 Steve O'Neill (Philadelphia Phillies)
128 Hank Aaron (Milwaukee Braves)
129 Forrest Jacobs (Philadelphia Athletics)
130 Hank Bauer (New York Yankees)
131 Reno Bertoia (Detroit Tigers)
132 Tom Lasorda (Brooklyn Dodgers)
133 Del Baker (Boston Red Sox)
134 Cal Hogue (Pittsburgh Pirates)
135 Joe Presko (St. Louis Cardinals)
136 Connie Ryan (Cincinnati Reds)
137 Wally Moon (St. Louis Cardinals)
138 Bob Borkowski (Cincinnati Reds)
139 Ed & Johnny O'Brien (Pittsburgh Pirates)
140 Tom Wright (Washington Senators)
141 Joe Jay (Milwaukee Braves)
142 Tom Poholsky (St. Louis Cardinals)
143 Rollie Hemsley (Philadelphia Athletics)
144 Bill Werle (Boston Red Sox)
145 Elmer Valo (Philadelphia Athletics)
146 Don Johnson (Chicago White Sox)
147 John Riddle (St. Louis Cardinals)
148 Bob Trice (Philadelphia Athletics)
149 Jim Robertson (Philadelphia Athletics)
150 Dick Kryhoski (Baltimore Orioles)
151 Alex Grammas (St. Louis Cardinals)
152 Mike Blyzka (Baltimore Orioles)
153 "Rube" Walker (Brooklyn Dodgers)
154 Mike Fornieles (Chicago White Sox)
155 Bob Kennedy (Cleveland Indians)
156 Joe Coleman (Baltimore Orioles)
157 Don Lenhardt (Baltimore Orioles)
158 "Peanuts" Lowrey (St. Louis Cardinals)
159 Dave Philley (Cleveland Indians)
160 Ralph Kress (Cleveland Indians)
161 John Hetki (Pittsburgh Pirates)
162 Herman Wehmeier (Cincinnati Reds)
163 Frank House (Detroit Tigers)
164 Stu Miller (St. Louis Cardinals)
165 Jim Pendleton (Milwaukee Braves)
166 Johnny Podres (Brooklyn Dodgers)
167 Don Lund (Detroit Tigers)
168 Morrie Martin (Philadelphia Athletics)
169 Jim Hughes (Brooklyn Dodgers)
170 Jim Rhodes (New York Giants)
171 Leo Kiely (Boston Red Sox)
172 Hal Brown (Boston Red Sox)
173 Jack Harshman (Chicago White Sox)
174 Tom Qualters (Philadelphia Phillies)
175 Frank Leja (New York Yankees)
176 Bob Keely (Milwaukee Braves)
177 Bob Milliken (Brooklyn Dodgers)
178 Bill Gylnn (Glynn) (Cleveland Indians)
179 Gair Allie (Pittsburgh Pirates)
180 Wes Westrum (New York Giants)
181 Mel Roach (Milwaukee Braves)
182 Chuck Harmon (Cincinnati Reds)
183 Earle Combs (Philadelphia Phillies)
184 Ed Bailey (Cincinnati Reds)
185 Chuck Stobbs (Washington Senators)
186 Karl Olson (Boston Red Sox)
187 Heinie Manush (Washington Senators)
188 Dave Jolly (Milwaukee Braves)
189 Bob Ross (Washington Senators)
190 Ray Herbert (Detroit Tigers)
191 Dick Schofield (St. Louis Cardinals)
192 "Cot" Deal (St. Louis Cardinals)
193 Johnny Hopp (Detroit Tigers)
194 Bill Sarni (St. Louis Cardinals)
195 Bill Consolo (Boston Red Sox)
196 Stan Jok (Philadelphia Phillies)
197 "Schoolboy" Rowe (Detroit Tigers)
198 Carl Sawatski (Chicago White Sox)
199 "Rocky" Nelson (Cleveland Indians)
200 Larry Jansen (New York Giants)
201 Al Kaline (Detroit Tigers)
202 Bob Purkey (Pittsburgh Pirates)
203 Harry Brecheen (Baltimore Orioles)
204 Angel Scull (Washington Senators)
205 Johnny Sain (New York Yankees)
206 Ray Crone (Milwaukee Braves)
207 Tom Oliver (Baltimore Orioles)
208 Grady Hatton (Cincinnati Reds)
209 Charlie Thompson (Brooklyn Dodgers)
210 Bob Buhl (Milwaukee Braves)
211 Don Hoak (Brooklyn Dodgers)
212 Mickey Micelotta (Philadelphia Phillies)
213 John Fitzpatrick (Pittsburgh Pirates)
214 Arnold Portocarrero (Philadelphia Athletics)
215 Ed McGhee (Philadelphia Athletics)
216 Al Sima (Chicago White Sox)
217 Paul Schreiber (Boston Red Sox)
218 Fred Marsh (Chicago White Sox)
219 Charlie Kress (Detroit Tigers)
220 Ruben Gomez (New York Giants)
221 Dick Brodowski (Boston Red Sox)
222 Bill Wilson (Chicago White Sox)
223 Joe Haynes (Washington Senators)
224 Dick Weik (Detroit Tigers)
225 Don Liddle (New York Giants)
226 Jehosie Heard (Baltimore Orioles)
227 Buster Mills (Boston Red Sox)
228 Gen Hermanski (Pittsburgh Pirates)
229 Bob Talbot (Chicago Cubs)
230 Bob Kuzava (New York Yankees)
231 Roy Smalley (Milwaukee Braves)
232 Lou Limmer (Philadelphia Athletics)
233 Augie Galan (Philadelphia Athletics)
234 Jerry Lynch (Pittsburgh Pirates)
235 Vern Law (Pittsburgh Pirates)
236 Paul Penson (Philadelphia Phillies)
237 Mike Ryba (St. Louis Cardinals)
238 Al Aber (Detroit Tigers)
239 Bill Skowron (New York Yankees)
240 Sam Mele (Baltimore Orioles)
241 Bob Miller (Detroit Tigers)
242 Curt Roberts (Pittsburgh Pirates)
243 Ray Blades (Chicago Cubs)
244 Leroy Wheat (Philadelphia Athletics)
245 Roy Sievers (Washington Senators)
246 Howie Fox (Baltimore Orioles)
247 Eddie Mayo (Philadelphia Phillies)
248 Al Smith (Cleveland Indians)
249 Wilmer Mizell (St. Louis Cardinals)
250 Ted Williams (Boston Red Sox)

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