1957 Topps Baseball Cards

1957 Topps Baseball Cards

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The year of 1957 marked a year of many changes and firsts for the annual Topps baseball card set. The 1957 Topps Baseball set was the first baseball card product configured in the 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inch card dimensions that we are familiar with today. The 407-card set was also the first to feature player statistics of their entire career on the card's back. In addition, it was the first time that full color photography of the depicted players was utilized in the card design as compared to colorized player images. All of these elements combined to make it one of the most collected vintage sets in the hobby today.

Many valuable rookie cards can be found within the set. The most notable are those of Frank Robinson (card #35), Brooks Robinson (card #328), and Don Drysdale (card #18). Additional rookie cards include: Bobby Richardson, Bill Mazeroski, Rocky Colavito, Tony Kubec, Jim Bunning, and Whitey Herzog. Interesting to note is that the set features the last printed card of Roy Campanella. Also included on the checklist of  the 1957 release are 16 team cards and the reintroduction of combination cards, featuring multiple players, which hadn't been produced since 1954. There are three combinations cards in total:

  • League Presidents Warren Giles and William Harridge on card #100.
  • Carl Furillo, Roy Campanella, Duke Snider, and Gil Hodges as Dodgers Sluggers on card #400.
  • Yogi Berra and Mickey Mantle as the Yankees' Power Hitters on card #407.

In terms of the cards' design, 1957 Topps Baseball cards center around full color player photographs including posed action shots and portraits. The image is accompanied by the player's name, position and team written at the bottom of the card in a small, and relatively simplistic font. The font colors used can be found in combinations of red, yellow, and white. A white border around the full area of the card plays into the card's centering when it comes to grading. It also helps to maintain the eye appeal of the set even if the cards display edge wear because the border prevents the wear from not interfering with the card image. With the inclusion of full career statistics on the card back, Topps still managed to find room for other components collectors had become accustomed to seeing. Biographical information, a narrative write-up and a one-panel trivia cartoon are all showcased in an information filled but not busy looking design.

Distributed in five separate series, it is the fourth series of cards that are typically the most difficult to find. Accompanying the set to designate the different series are four checklist cards with no numbers: Series 1/2, 2/3, 3/4, and 4/5. The original retail price for a wax pack of cards was five cents and packs also included two Bazooka contest game cards. Most set builders include the various contest cards and checklists as part of the master set which then brings the total card count to 421.

In addition to the key cards detailed here, other cards of note are: Hank Aaron (card #20) which features the slugger in an unusual left handed batting stance, Yankees Power Hitters (card #407) being the last card in the set presents obvious condition issues, and the aforementioned checklist cards which can be extremely difficult to find in any sort of mid to high grade condition.

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Key Cards

Key 1957 Topps Baseball Cards:

Frank Robinson RC #35

1957 Topps Frank Robinson 213x300 Image

Brooks Robinson RC #328

1957 Topps Brooks Robinson 212x300 Image

Jim Bunning RC #338

1957 Topps Jim Bunning 209x300 Image

Mickey Mantle #95

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Ted Williams #1

1957 Topps Ted Williams 213x300 Image

Don Drysdale RC #18

1957 Topps Don Drysdale 209x300 Image

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1957 Topps # 55 Ernie Banks VG EX PSA 4
$45.00
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1957 Topps # 55 Ernie Banks PSA 4
$45.00
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1957 Topps Set # 200 Gil McDougald PSA 8
$150.00
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1957 TOPPS ERNIE BANKS #55 PSA 3 CHICAGO CUBS HALL OF FAMER
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1957 TOPPS ROY CAMPANELLA #210 PSA 5 EXCELLENT DODGERS HALL OF FAMER
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1957 Topps #20 - Hank Aaron - PSA 7 -- Milwaukee Braves HoF (mikedenero)
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1957 Topps #135 - Bill "Moose" Skowron - PSA 8 -- New York Yankees (mikedenero)
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1957 Topps 14 Bob Nieman PSA 7 (9762)
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1957 Topps 171 Team Red Sox PSA 6 (9295)
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1957 Topps 38 Nellie Fox PSA 6 (7481)
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1955 Topps 99 Frank Leja PSA 6 (1957)
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1957 Topps Checklist 2-3 Blony PSA 1mk (1722)
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1957 Topps Checklist 1-2 Bazooka PSA 0 (1729)
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1957 Topps 40 Early Wynn PSA 5.5 (8628)
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1957 Topps 30 Pee Wee Reese PSA 3 (8914)
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Set Checklist

1957 Topps Baseball Set Checklist

Base Set Checklist

Featuring 421 cards
DP = Double Print

1 Ted Williams
 2 Yogi Berra
 3 Dale Long
 4 Johnny Logan
 5 Sal Maglie
 6 Hector Lopez UER
 7 Luis Aparicio UER
 8 Don Mossi UER
 9 Johnny Temple UER
 10 Willie Mays
 11 George Zuverink
 12 Dick Groat
 13 Wally Burnette RC
 14 Bob Nieman
 15 Robin Roberts
 16 Walt Moryn
 17 Billy Gardner
 18 Don Drysdale RC
 19 Bob Wilson
 20 Hank Aaron UER
 21 Frank Sullivan
 22 Jerry Snyder UER
 23 Sherm Lollar
 24 Bill Mazeroski RC
 25 Whitey Ford
 26 Bob Boyd UER
 27 Ted Kazanski
 28 Gene Conley
 29 Whitey Herzog RC
 30 Pee Wee Reese
 31 Ron Northey
 32 Hershell Freeman
 33 Jim Small
 34 Tom Sturdivant RC
 35 Frank Robinson RC
 36 Bob Grim
 37 Frank Torre
 38 Nellie Fox
 39 Al Worthington RC
 40 Early Wynn
 41 Hal Smith
 42 Dee Fondy
 43 Connie Johnson
 44 Joe DeMaestri
 45 Carl Furillo
 46 Bob Miller
 47 Don Blasingame
 48 Bill Bruton
 49 Daryl Spencer
 50 Herb Score
 51 Clint Courtney
 52 Lee Walls
 53 Clem Labine
 54 Elmer Valo
 55 Ernie Banks
 56 Dave Sisler RC
 57 Jim Lemon
 58 Ruben Gomez
 59 Dick Williams
 60 Billy Hoeft
 61 Dusty Rhodes
 62 Billy Martin
 63 Ike Delock
 64 Pete Runnels
 65 Wally Moon
 66 Brooks Lawrence
 67 Chico Carrasquel
 68 Ray Crone
 69 Roy McMillan
 70 Richie Ashburn
 71 Murry Dickson
 72 Bill Tuttle
 73 George Crowe UER
 74 Vito Valentinetti RC
 75 Jim Piersall
 76 Roberto Clemente
 77 Paul Foytack RC
 78 Vic Wertz
 79 Lindy McDaniel RC
 80 Gil Hodges
 81 Herm Wehmeier
 82 Elston Howard
 83 Lou Skizas RC
 84 Moe Drabowsky RC
 85 Larry Doby
 86 Bill Sarni
 87 Tom Gorman UER
 88 Harvey Kuenn
 89 Roy Sievers
 90 Warren Spahn
 91 Mack Burk RC
 92 Mickey Vernon
 93 Hal Jeffcoat
 94 Bobby Del Greco
 95 Mickey Mantle
 96 Hank Aguirre RC
 97 Yankees Team
 98 Alvin Dark UER
 99 Bob Keegan
 100 Will Harridge Warre
 101 Chuck Stobbs
 102 Ray Boone
 103 Joe Nuxhall
 104 Hank Foiles
 105 Johnny Antonelli
 106 Ray Moore
 107 Jim Rivera
 108 Tommy Byrne
 109 Hank Thompson
 110 Bill Virdon
 111 Hal Smith
 112 Tom Brewer
 113 Wilmer Mizell UER
 114 Braves Team
 115 Jim Gilliam
 116 Mike Fornieles
 117 Joe Adcock
 118 Bob Porterfield
 119 Stan Lopata
 120 Bob Lemon
 121 Clete Boyer RC
 122 Ken Boyer
 123 Steve Ridzik
 124 Dave Philley
 125 Al Kaline
 126 Bob Wiesler
 127 Bob Buhl
 128 Ed Bailey
 129 Saul Rogovin
 130 Don Newcombe
 131 Milt Bolling
 132 Art Ditmar UER
 133 Del Crandall
 134 Don Kaiser
 135 Bill Skowron
 136 Jim Hegan
 137 Bob Rush
 138 Minnie Minoso UER
 139 Lou Kretlow
 140 Frank J. Thomas
 141 Al Aber
 142 Tim Thompson
 143 Andy Pafko UER
 144 Ray Narleski
 145 Al Smith
 146 Don Ferrarese
 147 Rube Walker
 148 Don Mueller
 149 Bob Kennedy
 150 Bob Friend
 151 Willy Miranda UER
 152 Jack Harshman
 153 Karl Olson
 154 Red Schoendienst
 155 Jim Brosnan
 156 Gus Triandos UER
 157 Wally Post
 158 Curt Simmons
 159 Solly Drake RC
 160 Billy Pierce
 161 Pirates Team
 162 Jack Meyer
 163 Sammy White
 164 Tommy Carroll
 165 Ted Kluszewski
 166 Roy Face
 167 Vic Power UER
 168 Frank Lary UER
 169 Herb Plews RC UER
 170 Duke Snider
 171 Red Sox Team
 172 Gene Woodling
 173 Roger Craig
 174 Willie Jones
 175 Don Larsen
 176a Gene Baker ERR
 176b Gene Baker COR
 177 Eddie Yost
 178 Don Bessent
 179 Ernie Oravetz
 180 Gus Bell UER
 181 Dick Donovan
 182 Hobie Landrith
 183 Cubs Team
 184 Tito Francona RC
 185 Johnny Kucks
 186 Jim King
 187 Virgil Trucks
 188 Felix Mantilla RC
 189 Willard Nixon
 190 Randy Jackson
 191 Joe Margoneri RC
 192 Jerry Coleman
 193 Del Rice
 194 Hal Brown
 195 Bobby Avila
 196 Larry Jackson UER
 197 Hank Sauer
 198 Tigers Team
 199 Vern Law
 200 Gil McDougald
 201 Sandy Amoros UER
 202 Dick Gernert
 203 Hoyt Wilhelm UER
 204 Athletics Team
 205 Charlie Maxwell
 206 Willard Schmidt
 207 Billy Hunter
 208 Lew Burdette
 209 Bob Skinner
 210 Roy Campanella
  211 Camilo Pascual
212 Rocky Colavito RC UER
 213 Les Moss
 214 Phillies Team
 215 Enos Slaughter
 216 Marv Grissom
 217 Gene Stephens
 218 Ray Jablonski
 219 Tom Acker RC
 220 Jackie Jensen
 221 Dixie Howell
 222 Alex Grammas
 223 Frank House
 224 Marv Blaylock
 225 Harry Simpson
 226 Preston Ward
 227 Jerry Staley
 228 Smoky Burgess UER
 229 George Susce
 230 George Kell
 231 Solly Hemus
 232 Whitey Lockman
 233 Art Fowler
 234 Dick Cole
 235 Tom Poholsky
 236 Joe Ginsberg
 237 Foster Castleman
 238 Eddie Robinson
 239 Tom Morgan
 240 Hank Bauer UER
 241 Joe Lonnett RC
 242 Charlie Neal UER
 243 Cardinals Team
 244 Billy Loes
 245 Rip Repulski
 246 Jose Valdivielso
 247 Turk Lown
 248 Jim Finigan
 249 Dave Pope
 250 Eddie Mathews
 251 Orioles Team
 252 Carl Erskine
 253 Gus Zernial
 254 Ron Negray
 255 Charlie Silvera
 256 Ron Kline
 257 Walt Dropo
 258 Steve Gromek
 259 Eddie O'Brien
 260 Del Ennis
 261 Bob Chakales
 262 Bobby Thomson
 263 George Strickland
 264 Bob Turley
 265 Harvey Haddix DP
 266 Ken Kuhn RC
 267 Danny Kravitz RC
 268 Jackie Colalum
 269 Bob Cerv
 270 Senators Team
 271 Danny O'Connell DP
 272 Bobby Shantz
 273 Jim Davis
 274 Don Hoak
 275 Indians Team UER
 276 Jim Pyburn RC
 277 Johnny Podres DP
 278 Fred Hatfield DP
 279 Bob Thurman RC UER
 280 Alex Kellner
 281 Gail Harris
 282 Jack Dittmer DP
 283 Wes Covington RC DP
 284 Don Zimmer
 285 Ned Garver
 286 Bobby Richardson RC
 287 Sam Jones
 288 Ted Lepcio
 289 Jim Bolger DP
 290 Andy Carey DP
 291 Windy McCall
 292 Billy Klaus
 293 Ted Abernathy RC
 294 Rocky Bridges DP
 295 Joe Collins DP
 296 Johnny Klippstein
 297 Jack Crimian
 298 Irv Noren DP
 299 Chuck Harmon
 300 Mike Garcia
 301 Sammy Esposito RC DP
 302 Sandy Koufax DP
 303 Billy Goodman
 304 Joe Cunningham
 305 Chico Fernandez
 306 Darrell Johnson RC DP
 307 Jack Phillips DP
 308 Dick Hall
 309 Jim Busby DP
 310 Max Surkont DP
 311 Al Pilarcik RC DP
 312 Tony Kubek RC DP
 313 Mel Parnell
 314 Ed Bouchee RC DP
 315 Lou Berberet DP
 316 Billy O'Dell
 317 Giants Team
 318 Mickey McDermott
 319 Gino Cimoli RC
 320 Neil Chrisley RC
 321 Red Murff RC
 322 Redlegs Team
 323 Wes Westrum
 324 Dodgers Team
 325 Frank Bolling
 326 Pedro Ramos
 327 Jim Pendleton UER
 328 Brooks Robinson RC
 329 White Sox Team
 330 Jim Wilson
 331 Ray Katt
 332 Bob Bowman RC
 333 Ernie Johnson
 334 Jerry Schoonmaker
 335 Granny Hamner
 336 Haywood Sullivan RC
 337 Rene Valdes RC
 338 Jim Bunning RC
 339 Bob Speake
 340 Bill Wight
 341 Don Gross RC
 342 Gene Mauch
 343 Taylor Phillips RC
 344 Paul LaPalme
 345 Paul Smith
 346 Dick Littlefield
 347 Hal Naragon
 348 Jim Hearn
 349 Nelson King
 350 Eddie Miksis
 351 Dave Hillman RC
 352 Ellis Kinder
 353 Cal Neeman RC
 354 Rip Coleman RC UER
 355 Frank Malzone
 356 Faye Throneberry
 357 Earl Torgeson
 358 Jerry Lynch
 359 Tom Cheney RC
 360 Johnny Groth
 361 Curt Barclay RC
 362 Roman Mejias RC
 363 Eddie Kasko RC
 364 Cal McLish RC UER
 365 Ozzie Virgil Sr. RC
 366 Ken Lehman
 367 Ed Fitz Gerald
 368 Bob Purkey
 369 Milt Graff RC
 370 Warren Hacker
 371 Bob Lennon
 372 Norm Zauchin
 373 Pete Whisenant RC
 374 Don Cardwell RC
 375 Jim Landis RC
 376 Don Elston RC
 377 Andre Rodgers RC
 378 Elmer Singleton
 379 Don Lee RC
 380 Walker Cooper
 381 Dean Stone
 382 Jim Brideweser
 383 Juan Pizarro RC UER
 384 Bobby Gene Smith RC
 385 Art Houtteman
 386 Lyle Luttrell RC
 387 Jack Sanford RC UER
 388 Pete Daley
 389 Dave Jolly
 390 Reno Bertoia
 391 Ralph Terry RC
 392 Chuck Tanner
 393 Raul Sanchez RC
 394 Luis Arroyo
 395 Bubba Phillips
 396 Casey Wise RC
 397 Roy Smalley
 398 Al Cicotte RC
 399 Billy Consolo
 400 Dodgers Sluggers
 401 Earl Battey RC
 402 Jim Pisoni RC
 403 Dick Hyde RC
 404 Harry Anderson RC
 405 Duke Maas
 406 Bob Hale
 407 Yankees Power Hitter
 CC1 Contest May 4
 CC2 Contest May 25
 CC3 Contest June 22
 CC4 Contest July 19
NNO Checklist 1 / 2 Bazooka
NNO Checklist 2 / 3 Bazooka
NNO Checklist 3 / 4 Bazooka
NNO Checklist 4 / 5 Bazooka
NNO Checklist 1 / 2 Big Blony
NNO Checklist 2 / 3 Big Blony
NNO Checklist 3 / 4 Big Blony
NNO Checklist 4 / 5 Big Blony
NNO Lucky Penny Insert C
1957 Topps Frank Robinson 213x300 Image


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