1956 Topps Baseball Cards

1956 Topps Baseball Cards


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1956 was the year that the wayward son finally returned home. After a lengthy legal war with Bowman and an even more heated battle over exclusive player contracts, Mickey Mantle returned to the Topps checklist for the first time in four years. For young collectors, all seemed right with the world. Having acquired the Bowman company the previous year, no longer would consumers be forced to choose between manufacturers and risk missing out on their favorite player. Many consider the 1956 Topps Baseball set a turning point for the baseball card industry as it marked the beginning of Topps' monopoly over the baseball card industry which lasted all the way until 1981 (and was then re-established in 2010).

The 1956 Topps Baseball set boasts a checklist of 340 numbered cards and two (2) non-numbered checklists. However, there are two hundred (200) cataloged variations making this a monster of a set to complete in any condition. The dimensions of the horizontally laid out cards are 3-3/4" x 2-5/8". Having had success with dual images on their cards for the past couple of years, Topps upped the ante by positioning the player profile picture in the foreground against a full color action scene in the background. The design really worked and has become a favorite of vintage collectors and remains one of the most attractive and highly sought after baseball card sets still to this day.

Topps incorporated three (3) new elements into the checklist and product configuration for the 1956 set; 1) cards of American and National League Presidents, 2) set checklist cards, and 3) team cards. Inclusion of the team cards was a concept that would endure to the present day. These added elements reflects Topps ability to focus their resources of time, energy and attention to building a successful product and not having to worry about competing with Bowman. This was further exhibited by the number of additional products they released in a test marketing capacity that year.

The year of 1956 wasn't a banner year for rookies. While the set does includes thirteen (13) only future Hall of Famer Luis Aparicio (card #92) being the most desirable. Noticeably and inexplicably absent from the set is National League Rookie of the Year, Frank Robinson. Despite these two characteristics the set is loaded with stars, fan favorites and future Hall of Fame members, which more than offsets the lacking rookie power.

In addition to the beautifully crafted card front, the card's reverse supplies a cornucopia of information regarding the player, including statistical and biographical information. The popular three-panel comic strips returned providing additional tid-bits of information about the depicted player. As previously noted, there exists within the set two hundred (200) variations, and perhaps more. The majority of these are the result from different colored card backs, some of which were printed in white and others in gray. Considered by many to be one of the ultimate set-building products ever created, the countless variations provide a seemingly never ending chase for the master set builder.

Key Cards

Key 1956 Topps Baseball Cards:

Ted Williams #5

1956 Topps Ted Williams

Mickey Mantle #135

1956 Topps Mickey Mantle

Willie Mays #130

1956 Topps Willie Mays

Duke Snider #150

1956 Topps Duke Snider

Luis Aparicio RC #292

1956 Topps Luis Aparicio

Whitey Ford #240

1956 Topps Whitey Ford

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Set Checklist

1956 Topps Baseball Cards Card Checklist

Card #Player Name
1Will Harridge PRES
1BASEWill Harridge PRES Grey Back
2Warren Giles PRES Double Print
2BASEWarren Giles PRES Grey Back
3Elmer Valo
3BASEElmer Valo Grey Back
4Carlos Paula
4BASECarlos Paula Grey Back
5Ted Williams
5BASETed Williams Grey Back
6Ray Boone
6BASERay Boone Grey Back
7Ron Negray RC
7BASERon Negray Grey Back
8Walter Alston RC
8BASEWalter Alston Grey Back
9Ruben Gomez Double Print
9BASERuben Gomez Grey Back
10Warren Spahn
10BASEWarren Spahn Grey Back
11BASEChicago Cubs Team Checklist Center
11Chicago Cubs Team Checklist D55
11ALTChicago Cubs Team Checklist Left
11ALT2Chicago Cubs Team Checklist Grey Back
12Andy Carey
12BASEAndy Carey Grey Back
13Roy Face
13BASERoy Face Grey Back
14Ken Boyer Double Print
14BASEKen Boyer Grey Back
15Ernie Banks Double Print
15BASEErnie Banks Grey Back
16Hector Lopez RC
16BASEHector Lopez Grey Back
17Gene Conley
17BASEGene Conley Grey Back
18Dick Donovan
18BASEDick Donovan Grey Back
19Chuck Diering Double Print
19BASEChuck Diering Grey Back
20Al Kaline
20BASEAl Kaline Grey Back
21Joe Collins Double Print
21BASEJoe Collins Grey Back
22Jim Finigan
22BASEJim Finigan Grey Back
23Fred Marsh
23BASEFred Marsh Grey Back
24Dick Groat
24BASEDick Groat Grey Back
25Ted Kluszewski
25BASETed Kluszewski Grey Back
26Grady Hatton
26BASEGrady Hatton Grey Back
27Nelson Burbrink Double Print RC
27BASENelson Burbrink Grey Back
28Bobby Hofman
28BASEBobby Hofman Grey Back
29Jack Harshman
29BASEJack Harshman Grey Back
30Jackie Robinson Double Print
30BASEJackie Robinson Grey Back
31Hank Aaron Error Double Print
31BASEHank Aaron Error Mays Grey Back
32Frank House
32BASEFrank House Grey Back
33Roberto Clemente
33BASERoberto Clemente Grey Back
34Tom Brewer Double Print
34BASETom Brewer Grey Back
35Al Rosen
35BASEAl Rosen Grey Back
36Rudy Minarcin
36BASERudy Minarcin Grey Back
37Alex Grammas
37BASEAlex Grammas Grey Back
38Bob Kennedy
38BASEBob Kennedy Grey Back
39Don Mossi
39BASEDon Mossi Grey Back
40Bob Turley
40BASEBob Turley Grey Back
41BASEHankuer Grey Back
42Sandy Amoros
42BASESandy Amoros Grey Back
43Ray Moore
43BASERay Moore Grey Back
44Windy McCall
44BASEWindy McCall Grey Back
45Gus Zernial
45BASEGus Zernial Grey Back
46Gene Freese Double Print
46BASEGene Freese Grey Back
47Art Fowler
47BASEArt Fowler Grey Back
48Jim Hegan
48BASEJim Hegan Grey Back
49Pedro Ramos RC
49BASEPedro Ramos Grey Back
50Dusty Rhodes Double Print
50BASEDusty Rhodes Grey Back
51Ernie Oravetz RC
51BASEErnie Oravetz Grey Back
52Bob Grim Double Print
52BASEBob Grim Grey Back
53Arnie Portocarrero
53BASEArnie Portocarrero Grey Back
54Bob Keegan
54BASEBob Keegan Grey Back
55Wally Moon
55BASEWally Moon Grey Back
56Dale Long
56BASEDale Long Grey Back
57Duke Maas RC
57BASEDuke Maas Grey Back
58Ed Roebuck
58BASEEd Roebuck Grey Back
59Josentiago RC
59BASEJosentiago Grey Back
60Mayo Smith Double Print
60BASEMayo Smith Grey Back
61Bill Skowron
61BASEBill Skowron Grey Back
62Hal Smith
62BASEHal Smith Grey Back
63Roger Craig RC
63BASERoger Craig Grey Back
64Luis Arroyo RC
64BASELuis Arroyo Grey Back
65Johnny O'Brien
65BASEJohnny O'Brien Grey Back
66Bob Speake Double Print RC
66BASEBob Speake Grey Back
67Vic Power
67BASEVic Power Grey Back
68Chuck Stobbs
68BASEChuck Stobbs Grey Back
69Chuck Tanner
69BASEChuck Tanner Grey Back
70Jim Rivera
70BASEJim Rivera Grey Back
71Frank Sullivan
71BASEFrank Sullivan Grey Back
72BASEPhiladelphia Phillies Team Checklist Center
72Philadelphia Phillies Team Checklist D55
72ALTPhiladelphia Phillies Team Checklist Left Double Print
72ALT2Philadelphia Phillies Team Checklist Grey Back
73Wayne Terwilliger
73BASEWayne Terwilliger Grey Back
74Jim King RC
74BASEJim King Grey Back
75Roy Sievers Double Print
75BASERoy Sievers Grey Back
76Ray Crone
76BASERay Crone Grey Back
77Harvey Haddix
77BASEHarvey Haddix Grey Back
78Herman Wehmeier
78BASEHerman Wehmeier Grey Back
79Sandy Koufax
79BASESandy Koufax Grey Back
80Gus Triandos Double Print
80BASEGus Triandos Grey Back
81Wally Westlake
81BASEWally Westlake Grey Back
82Bill Renna Double Print
82BASEBill Renna Grey Back
83Karl Spooner
83BASEKarl Spooner Grey Back
84Babe Birrer RC
84BASEBabe Birrer Grey Back
85BASECleveland Indians Team Checklist Center
85Cleveland Indians Team Checklist D55
85ALTCleveland Indians Team Checklist Left
85ALT2Cleveland Indians Team Checklist Grey Back
86Ray Jablonski Double Print
86BASERay Jablonski Grey Back
87Dean Stone
87BASEDean Stone Grey Back
88Johnny Kucks RC
88BASEJohnny Kucks Grey Back
89Norm Zauchin
89BASENorm Zauchin Grey Back
90BASECincinnati Redlegs Team Checklist Center
90Cincinnati Reds Team Checklist D55
90ALTCincinnati Reds Team Checklist Left
90ALT2Cincinnati Reds Team Checklist Grey Back
91Gail Harris RC
91BASEGail Harris Grey Back
92Bob Red Wilson
92BASEBob Red Wilson Grey Back
93George Susce
93BASEGeorge Susce Grey Back
94Ron Kline
94BASERon Kline Grey Back
95BASEMilwaukee Braves Team Checklist Center
95Milwaukee Braves Team Checklist D55
95ALTMilwaukee Braves Team Checklist Left
95ALT2Milwaukee Braves Team Checklist Grey Back
96Bill Tremel
96BASEBill Tremel Grey Back
97Jerry Lynch
97BASEJerry Lynch Grey Back
98Camilo Pascual
98BASECamilo Pascual Grey Back
99Don Zimmer
99BASEDon Zimmer Grey Back
100BASEBaltimore Orioles Team Checklist Center
100Baltimore Orioles Team Checklist D55
100ALTBaltimore Orioles Team Checklist Left
100ALT2Baltimore Orioles Team Checklist Grey Back
101Roy Campanella
101BASERoy Campanella White Back
102Jim Davis
102BASEJim Davis White Back
103Willie Miranda
103BASEWillie Miranda White Back
104Bob Lennon
104BASEBob Lennon White Back
105Al Smith
105BASEAl Smith White Back
106Joe Astroth
106BASEJoe Astroth White Back
107Eddie Mathews
107BASEEddie Mathews White Back
108Laurin Pepper
108BASELaurin Pepper White Back
109Enos Slaughter
109BASEEnos Slaughter White Back
110Yogi Berra
110BASEYogi Berra White Back
111Boston Red Sox Team Checklist
111BASEBoston Red Sox Team Checklist White Back
112Dee Fondy
112BASEDee Fondy White Back
113Phil Rizzuto
113BASEPhil Rizzuto White Back
114Jim Owens
114BASEJim Owens White Back
115Jackie Jensen
115BASEJackie Jensen White Back
116Eddie O'Brien
116BASEEddie O'Brien White Back
117Virgil Trucks
117BASEVirgil Trucks White Back
118Nellie Fox
118BASENellie Fox White Back
119Larry Jackson RC
119BASELarry Jackson White Back
120Richie Ashburn
120BASERichie Ashburn White Back
121Pittsburgh Pirates Team Checklist
121BASEPittsburgh Pirates Team Checklist White Back
122Willard Nixon
122BASEWillard Nixon White Back
123Roy McMillan
123BASERoy McMillan White Back
124Don Kaiser
124BASEDon Kaiser White Back
125Minnie Minoso
125BASEMinnie Minoso White Back
126Jim Brady RC
126BASEJim Brady White Back
127Willie Jones
127BASEWillie Jones White Back
128Eddie Yost
128BASEEddie Yost White Back
129Jake Martin RC
129BASEJake Martin White Back
130Willie Mays
130BASEWillie Mays White Back
131Bob Roselli RC
131BASEBob Roselli White Back
132Bobby Avila
132BASEBobby Avila White Back
133Ray Narleski
133BASERay Narleski White Back
134St. Louis Cardinals Team Checklist
134BASESt. Louis Cardinals Team Checklist White Back
135Mickey Mantle
135BASEMickey Mantle White Back
136Johnny Logan
136BASEJohnny Logan White Back
137Al Silvera RC
137BASEAl Silvera White Back
138Johnny Antonelli
138BASEJohnny Antonelli White Back
139Tommy Carroll
139BASETommy Carroll White Back
140Herb Score RC
140BASEHerb Score White Back
141Joe Frazier
141BASEJoe Frazier White Back
142Gene Baker
142BASEGene Baker White Back
143Jim Piersall
143BASEJim Piersall White Back
144Leroy Powell RC
144BASELeroy Powell White Back
145Gil Hodges
145BASEGil Hodges White Back
146Washington Nationals Team Checklist
146BASEWashington Senators Team Checklist White Back
147Earl Torgeson
147BASEEarl Torgeson White Back
148Alvin Dark
148BASEAlvin Dark White Back
149Dixie Howell
149BASEDixie Howell White Back
150Duke Snider
150BASEDuke Snider White Back
151Spook Jacobs
151BASESpook Jacobs White Back
152Billy Hoeft
152BASEBilly Hoeft White Back
153Frank Thomas
153BASEFrank Thomas White Back
154Dave Pope
154BASEDave Pope White Back
155Harvey Kuenn
155BASEHarvey Kuenn White Back
156Wes Westrum
156BASEWes Westrum White Back
157Dick Brodowski
157BASEDick Brodowski White Back
158Wally Post
158BASEWally Post White Back
159Clint Courtney
159BASEClint Courtney White Back
160Billy Pierce
160BASEBilly Pierce White Back
161Joe DeMaestri
161BASEJoe DeMaestri White Back
162Dave Gus Bell
162BASEGus Bell White Back
163Gene Woodling
163BASEGene Woodling White Back
164Harmon Killebrew
164BASEHarmon Killebrew White Back
165Red Schoendienst
165BASERed Schoendienst White Back
166Brooklyn Dodgers Team Checklist
166BASEBrooklyn Dodgers Team Checklist White Back
167Harry Dorish
167BASEHarry Dorish White Back
168Sammy White
168BASESammy White White Back
169Bob Nelson RC
169BASEBob Nelson White Back
170Bill Virdon
170BASEBill Virdon White Back
171Jim Wilson
171BASEJim Wilson White Back
172Frank Torre RC
172BASEFrank Torre White Back
173Johnny Podres
173BASEJohnny Podres White Back
174Glen Gorbous RC
174BASEGlen Gorbous White Back
175Del Crandall
175BASEDel Crandall White Back
176Alex Kellner
176BASEAlex Kellner White Back
177Hank Bauer
177BASEHank Bauer White Back
178Joe Black
178BASEJoe Black White Back
179Harry Chiti
179BASEHarry Chiti White Back
180Robin Roberts
180BASERobin Roberts White Back
181Billy Martin
182Paul Minner
183Stan Lopata
184Don Bessent RC
185Bill Bruton
186Ron Jackson
187Early Wynn
188Chicago White Sox Team Checklist
189Ned Garver
190Carl Furillo
191Frank Lary
192Smoky Burgess
193Wilmer Mizell
194Monte Irvin
195George Kell
196Tom Poholsky
197Granny Hamner
198Ed Fitzgerald
199Hank Thompson
200Bob Feller
201Rip Repulski
202Jim Hearn
203Bill Tuttle
204Art Swanson RC
205Whitey Lockman
206Erv Palica
207Jim Small RC
208Elston Howard
209Max Surkont
210Mike Garcia
211Murry Dickson
212Johnny Temple
213Detroit Tigers Team Checklist
214Bob Rush
215Tommy Byrne
216Jerry Schoonmaker RC
217Billy Klaus
218Joe Nuxhall Error
219Lew Burdette
220Del Ennis
221Bob Friend
222Dave Philley
223Randy Jackson
224Bud Podbielan
225Gil McDougald
226New York Giants Team Checklist
227Russ Meyer
228Mickey Vernon
229Harry Brecheen
230Chico Carrasquel
231Bob Hale RC
232Toby Atwell
233Carl Erskine
234Pete Runnels
235Don Newcombe
236Kansas City Athletics Team Checklist
237Jose Valdivielso RC
238Walt Dropo
239Harry Simpson
240Whitey Ford
241Don Mueller Error
242Hershell Freeman
243Sherm Lollar
244Bob Buhl
245Billy Goodman
246Tom Gorman
248Bob Porterfield
249Johnny Klippstein
250Larry Doby
251New York Yankees Team Checklist Error
252Vern Law
253Irv Noren
254George Crowe
255Bob Lemon
256Tom Hurd
257Bobby Thomson
258Art Ditmar
259Sam Jones
260Pee Wee Reese
261Bobby Shantz
262Howie Pollet
263Bob Miller
264Ray Monzant RC
265Sandy Consuegra
266Don Ferrarese
267Bob Nieman
268Dale Mitchell
269Jack Meyer RC
270Billy Loes
271Foster Castleman RC
272Danny O'Connell
273Walker Cooper
274Frank Baumholtz
275Jim Greengrass
276George Zuverink
277Daryl Spencer
278Chet Nichols
279Johnny Groth
280Jim Gilliam
281Art Houtteman
282Warren Hacker
283Hal R.Smith RC
284Ike Delock
285Eddie Miksis
286Bill Wight
287Bobby Adams
288Bob Cerv
289Hal Jeffcoat
290Curt Simmons
291Frank Kellert RC
292Luis Aparicio RC
293Stu Miller
294Ernie Johnson
295Clem Labine
296Andy Seminick
297Bob Skinner
298Johnny Schmitz
299Charlie Neal
300Vic Wertz
301Marv Grissom
302Eddie Robinson
303Jim Dyck
304Frank Malzone
305Brooks Lawrence
306Curt Roberts
307Hoyt Wilhelm
308Chuck Harmon
309Don Blasingame RC
310Steve Gromek
311Hal Naragon
312Andy Pafko
313Gene Stephens
314Hobie Landrith
315Milt Bolling
316Jerry Coleman
317Al Aber
318Fred Hatfield
319Jack Crimian RC
320Joe Adcock
321Jim Konstanty
322Karl Olson
323Willard Schmidt
324Rocky Bridges
325Don Liddle
326Connie Johnson RC
327Bob Wiesler RC
328Preston Ward
329Lou Berberet RC
330Jim Busby
331Dick Hall
332Don Larsen
333Rube Walker
334Bob Miller
335Don Hoak
336Ellis Kinder
337Bobby Morgan
338Jim Delsing
339Rance Pless RC
340Mickey McDermott
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