And the Bracket Battle Champion for the Best Topps Baseball Set Ever Is...

And the Bracket Battle Champion for the Best Topps Baseball Set Ever Is…

Voting

...1956 Topps!

1956 Topps Roberto Clemente 1956 Topps Jackie Robinson

30 1956 Topps Mickey Mantle 1956 Topps Willie Mays

The biggest upset in the bracket tournament for the greatest Topps baseball set of all-time was saved for the end. 1956 Topps Baseball, ranked sixth after initial voting, took out top-ranked 1952 Topps Baseball with a full 55% of the votes in the final round.

To reach the top, 1956 started out by handily beating 1999 Topps Baseball. From there it took out the 1958, 1959, 1983 and 1975 sets. 1952, 1975 and 1983 were the top three ranked sets entering the bracket, which was determined in advance with readers selecting up to ten of their favorite sets.

From the start of the bracket battle, it looked to be 1952's to lose. Being the groundbreaking set that it is, few will argue its importance. But "best" can be defined in different ways by people. 1956 doesn't have any truly classic rookie cards either. So it looks like it may have been design that came out on top.

What do you think? Whether it's your favorite set or not, what do you like about 1956 Topps Baseball?

This concludes our bracket battle for the best Topps Baseball set of all-time. Thanks to all who participated. We had fun and hope you did too. What are some other bracket battles you'd like to see in the future? Let us know in the comments below.

And if you want to look back on how everything came about, here's the final bracket (and the full-sized PDF):

Topps Brackets Final Tally

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1956 Topps #226 Giants Team Giants PSA 6 A7866
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1956 Topps #250 Larry Doby White Sox PSA 6 A8726
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1956 Topps #155 GRY Harvey Kuenn Tigers (Grey Back) PSA 7 Y7306
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1956 TOPPS BASEBALL #61 BILL SKOWRON GRAY BACK PSA 8
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1956 TOPPS BASEBALL #26 GRADY HATTON GRAY BACK PSA 8
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1956 TOPPS BASEBALL #89 NORM ZAUCHIN WHITE BACK PSA 8
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1956 Topps #226 New York Giants Team PSA 4 Baseball Card
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1956 Topps #226 New York Giants Team PSA 4 Baseball Card
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1956 Topps #135 Mickey Mantle Yankees PSA 3 A2113
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1956 Topps PSA 8 #125 Minnie Minoso-Centered Beauty!
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1956 Topps PSA 7 #316 Jerry Coleman- Sharp!
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1956 Topps PSA 8.5 #79 Sandy Koufax-Absolute Dead Centered Blazer!!
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1956 Topps PSA 6 #113 Phil Rizzuto-sharp card!
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1956 Topps PSA 7.5 #260 Pee Wee Reese-Beauty-thought this was an 8!
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1956 Topps PSA 6 #150 Duke Snider with PSA 8 9 corners-sharp card!
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1956 Topps PSA 8 #199 Hank Thompson-Tougher card in set
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Results

For those who like keeping track of data, here are the results from earlier rounds in the bracket battle for the best Topps baseball set of all time. Bold sets were the winners. We've also included the percentage of the votes they received.

Finals

1952 (1)
1956 (6) 55.24%

Semi-Finals

1952 (1) 55.6%
1965 (5)

1975 (2)
1956 (6) 54.45%

Round 4

1952 (1) 63.03%
1971 (9)

1955 (13)
1965 (5) 54.93%

1975 (2) 50.71%
1953  (7)

1983 (3)
1956 (6) 53.36%

Round 3

1952 (1) 71.09%
1980 (16)

2015 (8)
1971 (9) 58.63%

1987 (4)
1955 (13) 55.74%

1965 (5) 64.51%
1985 (12)

1975 (2) 53.58%
1963 (15)

1953 (7) 62.2%
1972 (10)

1983 (3) 55.52%
1960 (14)

1956 (6) 70.89%
1959 (22)

Round 2

1952 (1) 83.94%
1970 (33)

1980 (16) 69.63%
1967 (17)

2015 (8) 52.09%
1973 (25)

1971 (9) 69.81%
1978 (24)

1987 (4) 65.38%
1989 (36)

1955 (13) 72.6%
1962 (20)

1965 (5) 72.12%
1964 (28)

1985 (12) 61.06%
1974 (44)

1975 (2) 70.95%
2011 (31)

1963 (15) 54.33%
1954 (18)

1953 (7) 68.42%
1982 (39)

1972 (10) 59.42%
1968 (23)

1983 (3) 78.16%
1979 (35)

1960 (14) 54.85%
1984 (19)

1956 (6) 62.93%
1958 (27)

1957 (11)
1959 (22) 61.14%

Round 1

1952 (1) 94.94%
1997 (64)

1975 (2) 91.58%
1998 (63)

1983 (3) 93.9%
1996 (62)

1987 (4) 74.87%
2002 (61)

1965 (5) 88.33%
2003 (60)

1956 (6) 92.25%
1999 (59)

1953 (7) 88.77%
1994 (58)

2015 (8) 79.26%
1995 (57)

1971 (9) 77.9%
2004 (56)

1972 (10) 75.81%
2005 (55)

1957 (11) 73.5%
2000 (54)

1985 (12) 57.92%
1992 (53)

1955 (13) 86.17%
2009 (52)

1960 (14) 88.59%
2006 (51)

1963 (15) 77.72%
2001 (50)

1980 (16) 81.79%
2007 (49)

1967 (17) 78.79%
1993 (48)

1954 (18) 77.53%
1988 (47)

1984 (19) 73.5%
2012 (46)

1962 (20) 70.8%
2008 (45)

1986 (21)
1974 (44) 56.82%

1959 (22) 70.03%
2010 (43)

1968 (23) 52.15%
1990 (42)

1978 (24) 59.72%
2014 (41)

1973 (25) 67.51%
1966 (40)

1969 (26)
1982 (39) 50.14%

1958 (27) 70.66%
1961 (38)

1964 (28) 69.01%
1991 (37)

1976 (29)
1989 (36) 53.28%

1977 (30)
1979 (35) 50.29%

2011 (31) 61.32%
1981 (34)

2013 (32)
1970 (33) 50.56%

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1952 Topps #44 Con Dempsey Phillies PSA 5 A0536
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1952 Topps #175 CRM Billy Martin Yankees (Cream Back) FAIR A5186
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1956 Topps #5 Ted Williams Red Sox POOR A0422
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1952 Topps #29 Ted Kluszewski Reds PSA 4 A0180
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1952 Topps #65 Enos Slaughter Cardinals VG EX A2954
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1952 Topps #216 Richie Ashburn Phillies VG EX A8982
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1952 Topps Baseball Card Jack Phillips Pittsburgh Pirates R B Excellent # 240
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1956 Topps #226 New York Giants Team BVG 1.5 Baseball Card
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1956 Topps #226 New York Giants Team BVG 1.5 Baseball Card
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1952 Topps #215 Hank Bauer Yankees EX MT A3235
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1952 Topps #185 CRM Bill Nicholson Phillies (Cream Back) EX MT A4418
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1952 Topps #91 Red Schoendienst Cardinals EX A7968
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1952 Topps Baseball Card of Bob Rush of the Chicago Cubs R B VG-EX # 153
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1952 Topps #153 CRM Bob Rush Cubs (Cream Back) PSA 6 A3439
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1952 Topps Baseball Card Ron Northey Chicago Cubs R B VG-EX # 204
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1952 Topps #298 Bob Ross Senators EX MT A5234
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Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff. His collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection.

User Comments

  1. 1956 Topps is HANDS DOWN the nicest work of cardboard art Topps has ever created. 1979 and 1983 are my other choices but it’s not even close.

  2. Best design from a designer by professions point of view is 1965. That Mantle is iconic.

  3. 1980 Topps is such an underrated card design. I am mad that they didn’t list the backs of the cards. The vintage backs just kill the modern day backs of cards.

  4. What a load of crap…one or two computer geeks loaded the brackets with a bunch of throwaway 90s sets! This cannot be a real contest. Not even worth the time to vote now.

  5. 1) It’s not a contest. It’s a poll. 2) It’s meant for readers to pick their favorite main Topps baseball set from 1952-2015. Each set/year takes up one slot. So while there are 10 sets from the 1990s, there are also 10 from the 1980s, 1970s, 1960s, etc. Once we post the first round results tomorrow you’ll probably notice that there are few sets from the 1990s standing. 3) The polls are set up so that each device gets one vote. While there’s probably ways around that, there are literally zero stakes so it’s unlikely. And the numbers we saw reflect this.

  6. Wow, funny. I knew a lot I voted for in the first round wouldn’t make it, but oh well. Love the poll Ryan!

  7. It’s gonna be a 50’s set to win this, isn’t it?

  8. 2004 will always be a favorite of mine but of the ones left I hope it comes down to 1972 and 1956. They look the best to me even if 1972 had a bit of a wild design.

  9. I think the final should have been 52 v 65. 56 and 75 are nice but they should be 3rd or 4th all time. Imo.

  10. It’s too bad ’57 and ’83 did not make the cut. Nevertheless this has been a very fun poll. I’m pulling for ’52 to end up on top!

  11. There’s no way it’s not ’52. From the very beginning it’s the odds-on favorite.

  12. Enjoyed voting in the polls. I’m glad that the 1956 set came out on top. The set is colorful and I like the action shot in the background on these cards. The Jackie Robinson card is a classic.

  13. it was fun voting and watching this

    other future polls I would like to see are:

    best card BACK of all the years

    same poll but modern only (80-present)

    those would be pretty interesting..

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