1956 Topps Checklist

The 1956 Topps set marked the second year in a row where Topps went with a horizontal card design. The cards remained the same size and feature a somewhat similar appearance to the 1955 cards, with both a head and shoulders portrait shot, a large action shot and a facsimile autograph on the front of the card. The main difference with the 1956 cards is that the player name, position and team appear at the top of the card instead of the bottom. This info is in a rectangular box that is in either the top left corner or top right corner of the card. The box is divided into two, with the top half having a different background color than the bottom half. The top half contains the player's name, while the bottom half has the player's position and team name. The backs of the cards feature the card number inside of a baseball, biographical information and a cartoon rendering.

There are 340 cards in the 1956 Topps set plus two checklist cards, and cards 1-180 have both white back and gray back versions. Gray backs are slightly rarer in the first 100 cards, and white backs are slightly rarer in cards 101-180.

With no Bowman competition, Topps had free reign with the stars of the game. The most notable benefit to collectors of this is the return of Mickey Mantle to Topps. Interesting points with the 1956 set include the introduction of team cards, and the first two cards in the set feature the AL and NL commissioners, William Harridge and Warren Giles.

Key Cards in the 1956 Topps Set (Click on the card image to search for that card on eBay):

5 Ted Williams 10 Warren Spahn
15 Ernie Banks 20 Al Kaline
30 Jackie Robinson 31 Hank Aaron
33 Roberto Clemente 79 Sandy Koufax
101 Roy Campanella 107 Ed Mathews
110 Yogi Berra 113 Phil Rizzuto
130 Willie Mays 135 Mickey Mantle
150 Duke Snider 164 Harmon Killebrew
200 Bob Feller 240 Whitey Ford
292 Luis Aparicio (Rookie)

1956 Topps Checklist

1 William Harridge (League President)
2 Warren Giles (League President)
3 Elmer Valo (Kansas City Athletics)
4 Carlos Paula (Washington Senators)
5 Ted Williams (Boston Red Sox)
6 Ray Boone (Detroit Tigers)
7 Ron Negray (Philadelphia Phillies)
8 Walter Alston (Brooklyn Dodgers)
9 Ruben Negray (New York Giants)
10 Warren Spahn (Milwaukee Braves)
11a Cubs Team with date (Chicago Cubs)
11b Cubs Team no date, name centered (Chicago Cubs)
11c Cubs Team no date, name at left 1956 Topps (Chicago Cubs)
12 Andy Carey (New York Yankees)
13 Roy Face (Pittsburgh Pirates)
14 Ken Boyer (St. Louis Cardinals)
15 Ernie Banks (Chicago Cubs)
16 Hector Lopez (Kansas City Athletics)
17 Gene Conley (Milwaukee Braves)
18 Dick Donovan (Chicago White Sox)
19 Chuck Diering (Baltimore Orioles)
20 Al Kaline (Detroit Tigers)
21 Joe Collins (New York Yankees)
22 Jim Finigan (Kansas City Athletics)
23 Freddie Marsh (Baltimore Orioles)
24 Dick Groat (Pittsburgh Pirates)
25 Ted Kluszewski (Cincinnati Reds)
26 Grady Hatton (Boston Red Sox)
27 Nelson Burbrink (St. Louis Cardinals)
28 Bobby Hofman (New York Giants)
29 Jack Harshman (Chicago White Sox)
30 Jackie Robinson (Brooklyn Dodgers)
31 Hank Aaron (Milwaukee Braves)
32 Frank House (Detroit Tigers)
33 Roberto Clemente (Pittsburgh Pirates)
34 Tom Brewer (Boston Red Sox)
35 Al Rosen (Cleveland Indians)
36 Rudy Minarcin (Cincinnati Reds)
37 Alex Grammas (St. Louis Cardinals)
38 Bob Kennedy (Chicago White Sox)
39 Don Mossi (Cleveland Indians)
40 Bob Turley (New York Yankees)
41 Hank Sauer (Chicago Cubs)
42 Sandy Amoros (Brooklyn Dodgers)
43 Ray Moore (Baltimore Orioles)
44 "Windy" McCall (New York Giants)
45 Gus Zernial (Kansas City Athletics)
46 Gene Freese (Pittsburgh Pirates)
47 Art Fowler (Cincinnati Reds)
48 Jim Hegan (Cleveland Indians)
49 Pedro Ramos (Washington Senators)
50 "Dusty" Rhodes (New York Giants)
51 Ernie Oravetz (Washington Senators)
52 Bob Grim (New York Yankees)
53 Arnold Portocarrero (Kansas City Athletics)
54 Bob Keegan (Chicago White Sox)
55 Wally Moon (St. Louis Cardinals)
56 Dale Long (Pittsburgh Pirates)
57 "Duke" Maas (Detroit Tigers)
58 Ed Roebuck (Brooklyn Dodgers)
59 Jose Santiago (Cleveland Indians)
60 Mayo Smith (Philadelphia Phillies)
61 Bill Skowron (New York Yankees)
62 Hal Smith (Baltimore Orioles)
63 Roger Craig (Brooklyn Dodgers)
64 Luis Arroyo (St. Louis Cardinals)
65 Johnny O'Brien (Pittsburgh Pirates)
66 Bob Speake (Chicago Cubs)
67 Vic Power (Kansas City Athletics)
68 Chuck Stobbs (Washington Senators)
69 Chuck Tanner (Milwaukee Braves)
70 Jim Rivera (Chicago White Sox)
71 Frank Sullivan (Boston Red Sox)
72a Phillies Team with date (Philadelphia Phillies)
72b Phillies Team no date, name centered (Philadelphia Phillies)
72c Phillies Team no date, name at left (Philadelphia Phillies)
73 Wayne Terwilliger (New York Giants)
74 Jim King (Chicago Cubs)
75 Roy Sievers (Washington Senators)
76 Ray Crone (Milwaukee Braves)
77 Harvey Haddix (St. Louis Cardinals)
78 Herman Wehmeier (Philadelphia Phillies)
79 Sandy Koufax (Brooklyn Dodgers)
80 Gus Triandos (Baltimore Orioles)
81 Wally Westlake (Philadelphia Phillies)
82 Bill Renna (Kansas City Athletics)
83 Karl Spooner (Brooklyn Dodgers)
84 Babe Birrer (Detroit Tigers)
85a Indians Team with date (Cleveland Indians)
85b Indians Team no date, name centered (Cleveland Indians)
85c Indians Team no date, name at left (Cleveland Indians)
86 Ray Jablonski (Cincinnati Reds)
87 Dean Stone (Washington Senators)
88 Johnny Kucks (New York Yankees)
89 Norm Zauchin (Boston Red Sox)
90a Redlegs Team with date (Cincinnati Reds)
90b Redlegs Team no date, name centered (Cincinnati Reds)
90c Redlegs Team no date, name at left (Cincinnati Reds)
91 Gail Harris (New York Giants)
92 Red Wilson (Detroit Tigers)
93 George Susce Jr. (Boston Red Sox)
94 Ronnie Kline (Pittsburgh Pirates)
95a Braves Team with date (Milwaukee Braves)
95b Braves Team no date, name centered (Milwaukee Braves)
95c Braves Team no date, name at left (Milwaukee Braves)
96 Bill Tremel (Chicago Cubs)
97 Jerry Lynch (Pittsburgh Pirates)
98 Camilo Pascual (Washington Senators)
99 Don Zimmer (Brooklyn Dodgers)
100a Orioles Team with date (Baltimore Orioles)
100b Orioles Team no date, name centered (Baltimore Orioles)
100c Orioles Team no date, name at left (Baltimore Orioles)
101 Roy Campanella (Brooklyn Dodgers)
102 Jim Davis (Chicago Cubs)
103 Willie Miranda (Baltimore Orioles)
104 Bob Lennon (New York Giants)
105 Al Smith (Cleveland Indians)
106 Joe Astroth (Kansas City Athletics)
107 Ed Mathews (Milwaukee Braves)
108 Laurin Pepper (Pittsburgh Pirates)
109 Enos Slaughter (Kansas City Athletics)
110 Yogi Berra (New York Yankees)
111 Red Sox Team (Boston Red Sox)
112 Dee Fondy (Chicago Cubs)
113 Phil Rizzuto (New York Yankees)
114 Jim Owens (Philadelphia Phillies)
115 Jackie Jensen (Boston Red Sox)
116 Eddie O'Brien (Pittsburgh Pirates)
117 Virgil Trucks (Detroit Tigers)
118 "Nellie" Fox (Chicago White Sox)
119 Larry Jackson (St. Louis Cardinals)
120 Richie Ashburn (Philadelphia Phillies)
121 Pirates Team (Pittsburgh Pirates)
122 Willard Nixon (Boston Red Sox)
123 Roy McMillan (Cincinnati Reds)
124 Don Kaiser (Chicago Cubs)
125 "Minnie" Minoso (Chicago White Sox)
126 Jim Brady (Detroit Tigers)
127 Willie Jones (Philadelphia Phillies)
128 Eddie Yost (Washington Senators)
129 "Jake" Martin (Pittsburgh Pirates)
130 Willie Mays (New York Giants)
131 Bob Roselli (Milwaukee Braves)
132 Bobby Avila (Cleveland Indians)
133 Ray Narleski (Cleveland Indians)
134 Cardinals Team (St. Louis Cardinals)
135 Mickey Mantle (New York Yankees)
136 Johnny Logan (Milwaukee Braves)
137 Al Silvera (Cincinnati Reds)
138 Johnny Antonelli (New York Giants)
139 Tommy Carroll (New York Yankees)
140 Herb Score (Cleveland Indians)
141 Joe Frazier (St. Louis Cardinals)
142 Gene Baker (Chicago Cubs)
143 Jim Piersall (Boston Red Sox)
144 Leroy Powell (Chicago White Sox)
145 Gil Hodges (Brooklyn Dodgers)
146 Senators Team (Washington Senators)
147 Earl Torgeson (Detroit Tigers)
148 Alvin Dark (New York Giants)
149 "Dixie" Howell (Chicago White Sox)
150 "Duke" Snider (Brooklyn Dodgers)
151 "Spook" Jacobs (Kansas City Athletics)
152 Billy Hoeft (Detroit Tigers)
153 Frank Thomas (Pittsburgh Pirates)
154 Dave Pope (Baltimore Orioles)
155 Harvey Kuenn (Detroit Tigers)
156 Wes Westrum (New York Giants)
157 Dick Brodowski (Washington Senators)
158 Wally Post (Cincinnati Reds)
159 Clint Courtney (Washington Senators)
160 Billy Pierce (Chicago White Sox)
161 Joe DeMaestri (Kansas City Athletics)
162 "Gus" Bell (Cincinnati Reds)
163 Gene Woodling (Cleveland Indians)
164 Harmon Killebrew (Washington Senators)
165 "Red" Schoendienst (St. Louis Cardinals)
166 Dodgers Team (Brooklyn Dodgers)
167 Harry Dorish (Baltimore Orioles)
168 Sammy White (Boston Red Sox)
169 Bob Nelson (Baltimore Orioles)
170 Bill Virdon (St. Louis Cardinals)
171 Jim Wilson (Baltimore Orioles)
172 Frank Torre (Milwaukee Braves)
173 Johnny Podres (Brooklyn Dodgers)
174 Glen Gorbous (Philadelphia Phillies)
175 Del Crandall (Milwaukee Braves)
176 Alex Kellner (Kansas City Athletics)
177 Hank Bauer (New York Yankees)
178 Joe Black (Cincinnati Reds)
179 Harry Chiti (Chicago Cubs)
180 Robin Roberts (Philadelphia Phillies)
181 Billy Martin (New York Yankees)
182 Paul Minner (Chicago Cubs)
183 Stan Lopata (Philadelphia Phillies)
184 Don Bessent (Brooklyn Dodgers)
185 Bill Bruton (Milwaukee Braves)
186 Ron Jackson (Chicago White Sox)
187 Early Wynn (Cleveland Indians)
188 White Sox Team (Chicago White Sox)
189 Ned Garver (Detroit Tigers)
190 Carl Furillo (Brooklyn Dodgers)
191 Frank Lary (Detroit Tigers)
192 "Smoky" Burgess (Cincinnati Reds)
193 Wilmer Mizell (St. Louis Cardinals)
194 Monte Irvin (Chicago Cubs)
195 George Kell (Chicago White Sox)
196 Tom Poholsky (St. Louis Cardinals)
197 Granny Hamner (Philadelphia Phillies)
198 Ed Fitzgerald Fitz Gerald (Washington Senators)
199 Hank Thompson (New York Giants)
200 Bob Feller (Cleveland Indians)
201 "Rip" Repulski (St. Louis Cardinals)
202 Jim Hearn (New York Giants)
203 Bill Tuttle (Detroit Tigers)
204 Art Swanson (Pittsburgh Pirates)
205 "Whitey" Lockman (New York Giants)
206 Erv Palica (Baltimore Orioles)
207 Jim Small (Detroit Tigers)
208 Elston Howard (New York Yankees)
209 Max Surkont (Pittsburgh Pirates)
210 Mike Garcia (Cleveland Indians)
211 Murry Dickson (Philadelphia Phillies)
212 Johnny Temple (Cincinnati Reds)
213 Tigers Team (Detroit Tigers)
214 Bob Rush (Chicago Cubs)
215 Tommy Byrne (New York Yankees)
216 Jerry Schoonmaker (Washington Senators)
217 Billy Klaus (Boston Red Sox)
218 Joe Nuxall (Cincinnati Reds)
219 Lew Burdette (Milwaukee Braves)
220 Del Ennis (Philadelphia Phillies)
221 Bob Friend (Pittsburgh Pirates)
222 Dave Philley (Baltimore Orioles)
223 Randy Jackson (Brooklyn Dodgers)
224 Bud Podbielan (Cincinnati Reds)
225 Gil McDougald (New York Yankees)
226 Giants Team (New York Giants)
227 Russ Meyer (Chicago Cubs)
228 "Mickey" Vernon (Boston Red Sox)
229 Harry Brecheen (Baltimore Orioles)
230 "Chico" Carrasquel (Cleveland Indians)
231 Bob Hale (Baltimore Orioles)
232 "Toby" Atwell (Pittsburgh Pirates)
233 Carl Erskine (Brooklyn Dodgers)
234 "Pete" Runnels (Washington Senators)
235 Don Newcombe (Brooklyn Dodgers)
236 Athletics Team (Kansas City Athletics)
237 Jose Valdivielso (Washington Senators)
238 Walt Dropo (Chicago White Sox)
239 Harry Simpson (Kansas City Athletics)
240 "Whitey" Ford (New York Yankees)
241 Don Mueller (New York Giants)
242 Hershell Freeman (Cincinnati Reds)
243 Sherm Lollar (Chicago White Sox)
244 Bob Buhl (Milwaukee Braves)
245 Billy Goodman (Boston Red Sox)
246 Tom Gorman (Kansas City Athletics)
247 Bill Sarni (St. Louis Cardinals)
248 Bob Porterfield (Boston Red Sox)
249 Johnny Klippstein (Cincinnati Reds)
250 Larry Doby (Chicago White Sox)
251 Yankees Team (New York Yankees)
252 Vernon Law (Pittsburgh Pirates)
253 Irv Noren (New York Yankees)
254 George Crowe (Milwaukee Braves)
255 Bob Lemon (Cleveland Indians)
256 Tom Hurd (Boston Red Sox)
257 Bobby Thomson (Milwaukee Braves)
258 Art Ditmar (Kansas City Athletics)
259 Sam Jones (Chicago Cubs)
260 "Pee Wee" Reese (Brooklyn Dodgers)
261 Bobby Shantz (Kansas City Athletics)
262 Howie Pollet (Chicago White Sox)
263 Bob Miller (Detroit Tigers)
264 Ray Monzant (New York Giants)
265 Sandy Consuegra (Chicago White Sox)
266 Don Ferrarese (Baltimore Orioles)
267 Bob Nieman (Chicago White Sox)
268 Dale Mitchell (Cleveland Indians)
269 Jack Meyer (Philadelphia Phillies)
270 Billy Loes (Brooklyn Dodgers)
271 Foster Castleman (New York Giants)
272 Danny O'Connell (Milwaukee Braves)
273 Walker Cooper (St. Louis Cardinals)
274 Frank Baumholtz (Philadelphia Phillies)
275 Jim Greengrass (Philadelphia Phillies)
276 George Zuverink (Baltimore Orioles)
277 Daryl Spencer (New York Giants)
278 Chet Nichols (Milwaukee Braves)
279 Johnny Groth (Kansas City Athletics)
280 Jim Gilliam (Brooklyn Dodgers)
281 Art Houtteman (Cleveland Indians)
282 Warren Hacker (Chicago Cubs)
283 Hal Smith (St. Louis Cardinals)
284 Ike Delock (Boston Red Sox)
285 Eddie Miksis (Chicago Cubs)
286 Bill Wight (Baltimore Orioles)
287 Bobby Adams (Baltimore Orioles)
288 Bob Cerv (New York Yankees)
289 Hal Jeffcoat (Cincinnati Reds)
290 Curt Simmons (Philadelphia Phillies)
291 Frank Kellert (Chicago Cubs)
292 Luis Aparicio (Chicago White Sox)
293 Stu Miller (St. Louis Cardinals)
294 Ernie Johnson (Milwaukee Braves)
295 Clem Labine (Brooklyn Dodgers)
296 Andy Seminick (Philadelphia Phillies)
297 Bob Skinner (Pittsburgh Pirates)
298 Johnny Schmitz (Boston Red Sox)
299 Charley Neal (Brooklyn Dodgers)
300 Vic Wertz (Cleveland Indians)
301 Marv Grissom (New York Giants)
302 Eddie Robinson (New York Yankees)
303 Jim Dyck (Baltimore Orioles)
304 Frank Malzone (Boston Red Sox)
305 Brooks Lawrence (Cincinnati Reds)
306 Curt Roberts (Pittsburgh Pirates)
307 Hoyt Wilhelm (New York Giants)
308 Chuck Harmon (Cincinnati Reds)
309 Don Blasingame (St. Louis Cardinals)
310 Steve Gromek (Detroit Tigers)
311 Hal Naragon (Cleveland Indians)
312 Andy Pafko (Milwaukee Braves)
313 Gene Stephens (Boston Red Sox)
314 Hobie Landrith (Chicago Cubs)
315 Milt Billing (Boston Red Sox)
316 Jerry Coleman (New York Yankees)
317 Al Aber (Detroit Tigers)
318 Fred Hatfield (Detroit Tigers)
319 Jack Crimian (Kansas City Athletics)
320 Joe Adcock (Milwaukee Braves)
321 Jim Konstanty (New York Yankees)
322 Karl Olson (Washington Senators)
323 Willard Schmidt (St. Louis Cardinals)
324 Rocky Bridges (Cincinnati Reds)
325 Don Liddle (New York Giants)
326 Connie Johnson (Chicago White Sox)
327 Bob Wiesler (Washington Senators)
328 Preston Ward (Pittsburgh Pirates)
329 Lou Berberet (Washington Senators)
330 Jim Busby (Cleveland Indians)
331 Dick Hall (Pittsburgh Pirates)
332 Don Larsen (New York Yankees)
333 Rube Walker (Brooklyn Dodgers)
334 Bob Miller (Philadelphia Phillies)
335 Don Hoak (Chicago Cubs)
336 Ellis Kinder (St. Louis Cardinals)
337 Bobby Morgan (Philadelphia Phillies)
338 Jim Delsing (Detroit Tigers)
339 Rance Pless (Kansas City Athletics)
340 Mickey McDermott (New York Yankees)
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