The Evolution of Topps Baseball Cards: 1951-2016
Produced for more than six decades, Topps baseball cards have become an institution for fans and collectors. Not only do the players change over time, but so do the designs. When you've manufactured cards for as long as Topps has, you wind up with a mix of good years, bad years, so-so years, off years, on years and everything in between. And even then, it's a matter of taste and preference. What one collector might like, another collector may absolutely despise. However, given the many designs over the years, it is safe to assume nearly any collector can find at least one style that works for them.
The best Topps baseball designs bring a personality to them that's both of the era and, in the same vein, timeless. Memorable sets also have that "x-factor" that comes in the form of a classic rookie card or something in the content that leaves a lasting impression.
In 2015, we asked collectors to decide the best sets of all-time in a bracket voting format. View the top set in our detailed voting results page.
Here's a look at all the Topps baseball card designs from 1951 through 2016. Please note that this gallery only includes the year's main set design and not any inserts, special issues or related brands.
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Topps Baseball Card Designs Through the Years: 1951-2016
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