1954 Topps Baseball Cards

1954 Topps Baseball Cards

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Headlined by rookie cards for several of the greatest baseball players of all-time, 1954 Topps Baseball is further enhanced by a strong veteran roster. The appealing design and impressive checklist has resulted in one of the more timeless vintage baseball sets.

1954 Topps Baseball was distributed in three different series, including Series 1 (#1-50), Series 2 (#51-75), and Series 3 (#76-250). Although there are not any known short prints, gray backs were issued in Canada for the first series, in addition to the standard white background cards that were avaiable in the United States.

1954 Topps Baseball Display Box Canada

Loaded with Hall of Fame talent, Hank Aaron, Al Kaline, and Ernie Banks are the key rookie cards in 1954 Topps Baseball. Ted Williams, Willie Mays, Duke Snider, Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, and Jackie Robinson are other top Hall of Fame options. Although not nearly on the same level as the rookie cards referenced above, collectors can also find the rookie card for Tommy Lasorda in 1954 Topps.

From a design standpoint, the 1954 Topps Baseball cards are slightly over-sized, measuring 2-5/8" by 3-3/4". For the first time ever on a Topps set, the cards include multiple photographs. The design features a colorized player portrait, as well as a black-and-white action shot. Card fronts come with a variety of colorful backgrounds, including white, yellow, light blue, green, red, orange and dark orange. The cards also display the player's name, position, team logo and facsimile signature.

1954 Topps Baseball Hank Aaron 1954 Topps Baseball Hank Aaron back

The back of the 1954 Topps Baseball cards provide both statistical and biographical information about the player. This includes the card number, a write-up about the player's career and a cartoon frame featuring animated photos. 1954 Topps Baseball card backs can be found with either white, black, red, green, or flesh tone color schemes.

One of the most unique and frustrating quirks for collectors regarding the set is the orientation of the card backs. The 1954 Topps Baseball cards purposely do not have a white border on the top of the card. This was because the tops of the cards were lined-up against those of the next row on the printing sheet. What resulted is that half of the cards were printed upside down.

1954 Topps Baseball pack wrapper

Unfortunately, it appears that the press operator forgot to orient the card backs accordingly. So if you go to a card show today and thumb through a box of 1954 Topps, you'll likely find that one-half of the cards have the card number at the remainder have it at the bottom. Thankfully for collectors, this is the only occurrence of such a blatant printing error.

Amidst all the rivalry between Bowman and Topps to sign players to exclusive contracts, Topps landed its biggest coup when they secured the rights to produce cards of returning veteran Ted Williams. One of the game's greatest players and fan favorites, Williams' inclusion in the set proved to be a key turning point for the company in regards to market share.

1954 Topps Baseball Ted Williams 1 1954 Topps Ted Williams Card# 250

With a willingness to outspend its competitor, Topps laid the foundation for what would become an almost thirty-year monopoly in the baseball card market. To capitalize on their investment, Topps produced two cards of Ted Williams. Book-ending the product with card #1 and #250, these cards are often found with the same defects that plague most vintage cards to fall first or last in the set.

Another interesting card option showcases twin baseball players. Eddie and Johnny O'Brien both played for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1950s and were the first twins in MLB history to play for the same team in the same game. The brothers share space on card #139. While neither had very notable careers, the card maintains solid value.

1954 Topps Baseball Ed John O'Brien

Despite the strong checklist in 1954 Topps Baseball, there are several glaring omissions. The battle of player exclusive contracts isn't new to the hobby and in 1954, Bowman was able to secure the baseball card rights to Mickey Mantle, Pee Wee Reese and Roy Campanella, thereby preventing their inclusion in '54 Topps.

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1954 TOPPS # 143 ROLLIE HEMSLEY NICE CARD
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1954 TOPPS # 200 LARRY JANSEN NICE CARD
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1954 TOPPS # 211 DON HOAK NICE CARD
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1954 TOPPS # 8 BOBBY YOUNG NICE CARD
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1954 TOPPS # 186 KARL OLSON NICE CARD
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1954 TOPPS # 97 JERRY LANE NICE CARD
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1954 TOPPS # 121 CLEM LABINE NICE CARD
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1954 TOPPS # 202 BOB PURKEY NICE CARD
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1954 TOPPS # 91 BOB OLDIS NICE CARD
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1954 TOPPS # 213 JOHN FITZPATRICK NICE CARD
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1954 TOPPS # 218 FRED MARSH NICE CARD
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1954 TOPPS # 226 JEHOSIE HEARD NICE CARD
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Key Cards

Key 1954 Topps Baseball Cards

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#128 Hank Aaron RC

1954 Topps Hank Aaron

#94 Ernie Banks RC

1954 Topps Baseball Ernie Banks RC

#1 Ted Williams

1954 Topps Baseball Ted Williams 1

#201 Al Kaline RC

1954 Topps Al Kaline

#250 Ted Williams

1954 Topps Ted Williams Card# 250

#90 Willie Mays

1954 Topps Baseball Willie Mays

#10 Jackie Robinson

1954 Topps Baseball Jackie Robinson

#50 Yogi Berra

1954 Topps Baseball Yogi Berra

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1954 Topps #205 Johnny Sain Yankee Baseball Card SGC 84 NM 7
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1954 Topps #20 Warren Spahn SGC 4 VG-EX 50 Braves HOF #8220385-006
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BVG 4 1954 Topps #94 Ernie Banks RC Cubs G00778
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Billy Herman 1954 Topps,SGC 3
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1954 Topps SETBREAK #152 Mike Blyzka Baltimore Orioles SGC 84 NM 7
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1954 Topps SETBREAK #170 Jim Rhodes New York Giants Rookie RC SGC 84 NM 7
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1954 Topps TED WILLIAMS #250 ... GRADED SGC 82 (6.5)
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WILLIE MAYS 1954 TOPPS CARD #90 Beckett Vintage Graded BVG 5.5 EXCELLENT+ EX+
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1954 Topps Scoop BABE RUTH #41 ... GRADED SGC 84 (7)
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1954 Topps Ted Williams Boston Red Sox BVG 4.5 NR
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BABE RUTH 1952 1954 TOPPS LOOK 'N SEE SGC 96 MINT 9!!! 1 1 ONLY 9 SGC 2 PSA
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1954 Topps #123 Henry Aaron Milwaukee Braves SGC 60 Excellent (5) Strong example
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1954 TOPPS #24 GRANNY HAMNER GRADED SGC NM 7...SUPER CARD
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1954 Topps Baseball # 60 Frank Baumholtz SGC 82 EXMINT 6.5
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1954 Topps Baseball # 7 Ted Kluszewski SGC 35 Good 2.5
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Set Checklist

1954 Topps Baseball Set Checklist

1954 Topps Baseball Hank Aaron
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 RC - 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 Luke Easter - Cleveland Indians
24 Granny Hamner - Philadelphia Phillies
25 Harvey Kuenn RC - 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 Eddie 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 Jim 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 RC - Philadelphia Athletics
53 Jack Dittmer - Milwaukee Braves
54 Vern Stephens - Baltimore Orioles
55 Phil Cavarretta  - Chicago Cubs
56 Willy 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 RC - 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 RC - New York Giants
75 Fred Haney RC - Pittsburgh Pirates
76 Bob Scheffing  - Chicago Cubs
77 Ray Boone - Detroit Tigers
78 Ted Kazanski RC - Philadelphia Phillies
79 Andy Pafko - Milwaukee Braves
80 Jackie Jensen - Boston Red Sox
81 Dave Hoskins RC - Cleveland Indians
82 Milt Bolling - Boston Red Sox
83 Joe Collins - New York Yankees
84 Dick Cole RC - Pittsburgh Pirates
85 Bob Turley RC - 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 RC - Chicago Cubs
95 Hal Rice - Pittsburgh Pirates
96 Charlie Silvera - New York Yankees
97 Jerry Lane RC - Washington Senators
98 Joe Black - Brooklyn Dodgers
99 Bobby Hofman - New York Giants
100 Bob Keegan - Chicago White Sox
101 Gene Woodling - New York Yankees
102 Gil Hodges - Brooklyn Dodgers
103 Jim Lemon RC - Cleveland Indians
104 Mike Sandlock - Philadelphia Phillies
105 Andy Carey - New York Yankees
106 Dick Kokos - Baltimore Orioles
107 Duane Pillette - Baltimore Orioles
108 Thornton Kipper RC - Philadelphia Phillies
109 Bill Bruton - Milwaukee Braves
110 Harry Dorish - Chicago White Sox
111 Jim Delsing - Detroit Tigers
112 Bill Renna RC - Philadelphia Athletics
113 Bob Boyd  - Chicago White Sox
114 Dean Stone RC - 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 RC - Milwaukee Braves
129 Forrest Jacobs RC - Philadelphia Athletics
130 Hank Bauer - New York Yankees
131 Reno Bertoia RC - Detroit Tigers
132 Tommy Lasorda RC - 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 RC - St. Louis Cardinals
138 Bob Borkowski - Cincinnati Reds
139 Eddie O'Brien / Johnny O'Brien - Pittsburgh Pirates
140 Tom Wright - Washington Senators
141 Joe Jay RC - Milwaukee Braves
142 Tom Poholsky - St. Louis Cardinals
143 Rollie Hemsley CO - Philadelphia Athletics
144 Bill Werle - Boston Red Sox
145 Elmer Valo - Philadelphia Athletics
146 Don Johnson - Chicago White Sox
147 Johnny Riddle  - St. Louis Cardinals
148 Bob Trice RC - Philadelphia Athletics
149 Jim Robertson - Philadelphia Athletics
150 Dick Kryhoski - Baltimore Orioles
151 Alex Grammas RC - St. Louis Cardinals
152 Mike Blyzka RC - Baltimore Orioles
153 Rube Walker - Brooklyn Dodgers
154 Mike Fornieles RC - 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 Red Kress CO - Cleveland Indians
161 John Hetki - Pittsburgh Pirates
162 Herm 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 Dusty Rhodes RC - New York Giants
171 Leo Kiely - Boston Red Sox
172 Hal Brown - Boston Red Sox
173 Jack Harshman RC - Chicago White Sox
174 Tom Qualters RC - Philadelphia Phillies
175 Frank Leja RC - New York Yankees
176 Bob Keely - Milwaukee Braves
177 Bob Milliken - Brooklyn Dodgers
178 Bill Glynn  - Cleveland Indians
179 Gair Allie RC - Pittsburgh Pirates
180 Wes Westrum - New York Giants
181 Mel Roach RC - Milwaukee Braves
182 Chuck Harmon RC - 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 RC - Milwaukee Braves
189 Bob Ross - Washington Senators
190 Ray Herbert RC - Detroit Tigers
191 Dick Schofield RC - St. Louis Cardinals
192 Cot Deal  - St. Louis Cardinals
193 Johnny Hopp - Detroit Tigers
194 Bill Sarni RC - St. Louis Cardinals
195 Billy Consolo RC - Boston Red Sox
196 Stan Jok RC - 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 RC - Detroit Tigers
202 Bob Purkey RC - Pittsburgh Pirates
203 Harry Brecheen  - Baltimore Orioles
204 Angel Scull RC - Washington Senators
205 Johnny Sain - New York Yankees
206 Ray Crone RC - Milwaukee Braves
207 Tom Oliver RC - Baltimore Orioles
208 Grady Hatton - Cincinnati Reds
209 Tim Thompson RC - Brooklyn Dodgers
210 Bob Buhl RC - Milwaukee Braves
211 Don Hoak - Brooklyn Dodgers
212 Mickey Micelotta RC - Philadelphia Phillies
213 John Fitzpatrick RC - Pittsburgh Pirates
214 Arnie Portocarrero RC - Philadelphia Athletics
215 Ed McGhee - Philadelphia Athletics
216 Al Sima - Chicago White Sox
217 Paul Schreiber RC - Boston Red Sox
218 Fred Marsh - Chicago White Sox
219 Charlie Kress RC - Detroit Tigers
220 Ruben Gomez RC - New York Giants
221 Dick Brodowski - Boston Red Sox
222 Bill Wilson RC - Chicago White Sox
223 Joe Haynes  - Washington Senators
224 Dick Weik RC - Detroit Tigers
225 Don Liddle RC - New York Giants
226 Jehosie Heard RC - Baltimore Orioles
227 Buster Mills RC - Boston Red Sox
228 Gene Hermanski - Pittsburgh Pirates
229 Bob Talbot RC - Chicago Cubs
230 Bob Kuzava - New York Yankees
231 Roy Smalley - Milwaukee Braves
232 Lou Limmer RC - Philadelphia Athletics
233 Augie Galan  - Philadelphia Athletics
234 Jerry Lynch RC - Pittsburgh Pirates
235 Vern Law - Pittsburgh Pirates
236 Paul Penson RC - Philadelphia Phillies
237 Mike Ryba RC - St. Louis Cardinals
238 Al Aber - Detroit Tigers
239 Bill Skowron RC - New York Yankees
240 Sam Mele - Baltimore Orioles
241 Bob Miller RC - Detroit Tigers
242 Curt Roberts RC - Pittsburgh Pirates
243 Ray Blades RC - Chicago Cubs
244 Leroy Wheat RC - Philadelphia Athletics
245 Roy Sievers - Washington Senators
246 Howie Fox - Baltimore Orioles
247 Eddie Mayo  - Philadelphia Phillies
248 Al Smith RC - Cleveland Indians
249 Wilmer Mizell - St. Louis Cardinals
250 Ted Williams - Boston Red Sox
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1954 Topps Granny Hamner – #24 PSA 7! Phillies!
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1954 Topps Al Kaline Detroit Tigers #201 Baseball Card PSA 2 Good
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1954 Topps Set # 221 Dick Brodowski PSA 6
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1954 Topps Set # 244 Leroy Wheat PSA 6
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1954 Topps Set # 233 Augie Galan PSA 6
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1954 Topps Set # 246 Howie Fox PSA 7 MC
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1954 Topps Baseball #233 Augie Galan (Athletics) PSA 7
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