1955 Topps Baseball Cards

1955 Topps Baseball Cards

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The 1955 Topps Baseball set consists of a total of 206 cards, earning it the distinction of being the second smallest Topps baseball card set ever produced (1951 Topps Baseball being the smallest). Measuring in at 3 3/4 inches wide by 2 5/8 inches tall, these were the first horizontally oriented sports cards released by Topps. The change was well received by collectors as it was apparent that the change in orientation allowed for bigger player photos and the uncluttered inclusion of other key details.

These richly colored cards feature both a player profile photo and an action shot of each player on the card's front. The dual image, first used the previous year, proved to be so popular that Topps went a stop further by colorizing the action photo as compared to the black and white version it utilized in 1954. Also taking up real estate on the card front is the team logo, the by now omnipresent facsimile signature and a colored bar across the bottom which highlights the player's name, position and team. The card's reverse provides detailed biographical and statistical information about the player, a trait that collectors had come to expect in a Topps release. The popular, one-panel cartoons returned, this time in the form of a trivia question related to the team or player. Adding to the knowledge filled card back was a short but detailed paragraph of the player regarding their contribution to the team the previous season.

What 1955 Topps Baseball lacks in size it makes up for in quality. The main attractions include rookie cards of Hall of Fame legends Sandy Koufax, Roberto Clemente, and Harmon Killebrew. As was the case with the 1954 set, Bowman's exclusive contracts with Mickey Mantle and Roy Campanella prevented their appearance in Topps' '55 release as well. Also excluded were Bob Feller and Whitey Ford.  Although originally included in the planned checklist, the cards were never produced. While the card set is sequentially numbered to 210, collectors must note that the four (4) missing cards are numbers 175, 186, 203 and 209. Fortunately enough, there are still plenty of big names in the set including; Hank Aaron, Duke Snider, Yogi Berra, Willie Mays, Ted Williams, Jackie Robinson and Eddie Mathews. In late 1955 Topps managed to arrange a buyout of rival baseball card manufacturer Bowman, making the 1955 release, the last in which Topps ha would have to compete head-to-head with Bowman's baseball card products.

When it comes to scarcity, the 1955 Topps “High Numbers” (card numbers 161 to 210) are by far the most challenging to find in high grade. Many vintage collectors and set registry participants say that of all the 1950's Topps releases, these cards are the most difficult to find in NM-MT condition.  It should also be pointed out that card numbers 151-160 are considered near equally scarce, resulting in the fact that cards of Willie Mays, Yogi Berra and Duke Snider are often more scarce than those of Ted Williams, Jackie Robinson or Hank Aaron. Also interesting to note, is that the first card ever produced of Harry Agganis (#152),  the young Red Sox standout who passed away suddenly in June 1955, can also be very difficult to find and should be considered "rare".

As with regards to condition issues, the 1955 Topps set is prone to doctoring of two key areas. The first uses a method to adjust the centering to the naked eye. By erasing the colored background at the edge of the white border, an unscrupulous dealer or collector can alter the presentation enough to significantly increase its value in raw condition. However, once submitted for grading and viewed under magnification the doctoring will be clearly evident. The design of the card backs with their almost "busy" appearance coupled with the grayish card stock, can make it difficult to detect creases. Spooning of the card backs, a process where a standard metal spoon is used in an attempt to "rub out" the creases is another standard doctoring tactic familiar to the 1955 set. Once again, however, viewed under bright light and magnification, one can usually see that the rubbing has faded the color printing in the same area.

Key Cards

Key 1955 Topps Baseball Cards:

Sandy Koufax RC #123

1955 Topps Sandy Koufax 260x183 Image

Roberto Clemente RC #164

1955 Topps Roberto Clemente 260x182 Image

Harmon Killebrew RC #124

1955 Harmon Killebrew 260x184 Image

Ted Williams #2

1955 Ted Williams 260x177 Image

Duke Snider #210

1955 Topps Duke Snider 260x183 Image

Harry Agganis #152

1955 Topps Harry Agganis 260x182 Image

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Set Checklist

1955 Topps Baseball Cards Card Checklist

Card #Player Name
1Dusty Rhodes
2Ted Williams
3Art Fowler RC
4Al Kaline
5Jim Gilliam
6Stan Hack RC
7Jim Hegan
8Harold Smith RC
9Robert Miller
10Bob Keegan
11Ferris Fain
12Vernon Jake Thies RC
13Fred Marsh
14Jim Finigan RC
15Jim Pendleton
16Roy Sievers
17Bobby Hofman
18Russ Kemmerer RC
19Billy Herman
20Andy Carey
21Alex Grammas
22Bill Skowron
23Jack Parks RC
24Hal Newhouser
25Johnny Podres
26Dick Groat
27Billy Gardner RC
28Ernie Banks
29Herman Wehmeier
30Vic Power
31Warren Spahn
32Warren McGhee RC
33Tom Qualters
34Wayne Terwilliger
35Dave Jolly
36Leo Kiely
37Joe Cunningham RC
38Bob Turley
39Bill Glynn
40Don Hoak
41Chuck Stobbs
42John Windy McCall RC
43Harvey Haddix
44Harold Valentine RC
45Hankuer
46Ted Kazanski
47Hank Aaron
48Bob Kennedy
49J.W. Porter
50Jackie Robinson
51Jim Hughes
52Bill Tremel RC
53Bill Taylor
54Lou Limmer
55Rip Repulski
56Ray Jablonski
57Billy O'Dell RC
58Jim Rivera
59Gair Allie
60Dean Stone
61Forrest Jacobs
62Thornton Kipper
63Joe Collins
64Gus Triandos RC
65Ray Boone
66Ron Jackson RC
67Wally Moon
68Jim Davis RC
69Ed Bailey
70Al Rosen
71Ruben Gomez
72Karl Olson
73Jack Shepard RC
74Bob Borkowski
75Sandy Amoros RC
76Howie Pollet
77Arnie Portocarrero
78Gordon Jones RC
79Clyde Danny Schell RC
80Bob Grim RC
81Gene Conley
82Chuck Harmon
83Tom Brewer RC
84Camilo Pascual RC
85Don Mossi RC
86Bill Wilson
87Frank House
88Bob Skinner RC
89Joe Frazier RC
90Karl Spooner RC
91Milt Bolling
92Don Zimmer RC
93Steve Bilko
94Reno Bertoia
95Preston Ward
96Chuck Bishop
97Carlos Paula RC
98John Riddle
99Frank Leja
100Monte Irvin
101Johnny Gray RC
102Wally Westlake
103Chuck White RC
104Jack Harshman
105Chuck Diering
106Frank Sullivan RC
107Curt Roberts
108Rube Walker
109Ed Lopat
110Gus Zernial
111Bob Milliken
112Nelson King RC
113Harry Brecheen
114Louis Ortiz RC
115Ellis Kinder
116Tom Hurd RC
117Mel Roach
118Bob Purkey
119Bob Lennon RC
120Ted Kluszewski
121Bill Renna
122Carlwatski
123Sandy Koufax RC
124Harmon Killebrew RC
125Ken Boyer RC
126Dick Hall RC
127Dale Long RC
128Ted Lepcio
129Elvin Tappe
130Mayo Smith RC
131Grady Hatton
132Bob Trice
133Dave Hoskins
134Joey Jay
135Johnny O'Brien
136Bunky Stewart RC
137Harry Elliott RC
138Ray Herbert
139Steve Kraly RC
140Mel Parnell
141Tom Wright
142Jerry Lynch
143John Schofield
144Joe Amalfitano RC
145Elmer Valo
146Dick Donovan RC
147Hugh Pepper RC
148Hector Brown
149Ray Crone
150Mike Higgins
151Ralph Kress
152Harry Agganis RC
153Bud Podbielan
154Willie Miranda
155Eddie Mathews
156Joe Black
157Robert Miller
158Tommy Carroll RC
159Johnny Schmitz
160Ray Narleski RC
161Chuck Tanner RC
162Joe Coleman
163Faye Throneberry
164Roberto Clemente RC
165Don Johnson
166Hank Bauer
167Tom Casagrande RC
168Duane Pillette
169Bob Oldis
170Jim Pearce Double Print RC
171Dick Brodowski
172Frank Baumholtz Double Print
173Bob Kline RC
174Rudy Minarcin RC
175Does Not Exist
176Norm Zauchin RC
177Al Robertson
178Bobby Adams
179Jim Bolger RC
180Clem Labine
181Roy McMillan
182Humberto Robinson RC
183Anthony Jacobs RC
184Harry Perkowski Double Print
185Don Ferrarese RC
186Does Not Exist
187Gil Hodges
188Charlie Silvera Double Print
189Phil Rizzuto
190Gene Woodling
191Eddie Stanky
192Jim Delsing
193Johnnyin
194Willie Mays
195Ed Roebuck RC
196Gale Wade RC
197Al Smith
198Yogi Berra
199Bert Hamric RC
200Jackie Jensen
201Sherman Lollar
202Jim Owens RC
203Does Not Exist
204Frank Smith
205Gene Freese RC
206Pete Daley RC
207Billy Consolo
208Ray Moore RC
209Does Not Exist
210Duke Snider

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  1. dont know if I can rate it correctly but a 5 because I just to a yard sale were it was going for 2$ with a page of 17 other cards and on closer inspection found it was signed by bill skowron so that is why this card is now my personal favorite only thing of is it was a little miss cut but it is still the upmost coolest card in my collection and I think ever!!!

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