1950-1959 Baseball Cards

Other decades may have produced more valuable cards, but 1950s baseball cards are arguably the most iconic and sought after vintage cards in the entire hobby. At times, they seemed more like art than simply sports card. Vivid colors and beautiful images filled checklists with names that now populate Cooperstown. As the country moved on after World War II, this would become the Renaissance period for baseball cards. A dominant figure throughout much of baseball card history, Topps released their first baseball product in 1951 and would not look back. While the later years of the 1950s and beyond were owned by Topps, they got a serious fight from Bowman in the early 1950s.

Although there are many great options from this decade, 1951 Bowman, 1952 Topps, and 1954 Topps have separated themselves from the pack. Top rookie card offering from this decade include Hank Aaron, Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, Ernie Banks, Sandy Koufax, Roberto Clemente, Eddie Matthews, and Bob Gibson.

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Explore our database of 1950s Baseball Card Set Information. Every product profile features set checklists, product info, expert analysis, and a shopping guide for singles. Browse baseball cards produced during 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, and 1959.

1951 Berk Ross Baseball Cards

1951 Berk Ross Baseball Cards

1951 Berk Ross Baseball checklist, set info, key cards, buying guide and much more. Primarily a baseball set, the checklist also includes athletes from other sports.

1951 Bowman Baseball Cards

1951 Bowman Baseball Cards

The 1951 Bowman Baseball set features color art reproductions of actual photos and consists of 324 cards. Classic cards include rookies of both Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays.

1951 Topps Blue Backs Baseball Cards

1951 Topps Blue Backs Baseball Cards

1951 Topps Blue Backs Baseball checklist, set info, key cards, shopping guide and more. Part of hobby history, 1951 marked the first year Topps produced sets that were exclusively baseball.

1951 Topps Connie Macks All-Stars Baseball Cards

1951 Topps Connie Macks All-Stars Baseball Cards

1951 Topps Connie Macks All-Stars Baseball card checklist, set info, hot deals on singles, shopping guide and more. One of the first Topps baseball sets, the checklist is small but loaded with all-time greats.

1951 Topps Red Backs Baseball Cards

1951 Topps Red Backs Baseball Cards

1951 Topps Red Backs Baseball cards checklist, set info, key cards, hot deals on singles, shopping guide and more. Part of the company’s first year in baseball, the cards were originally meant to be part of a game.

1952 Berk Ross Baseball Cards

1952 Berk Ross Baseball Cards

1952 Berk Ross Baseball marked the second straight year of a 72-card checklist. Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Joe DiMaggio, Jackie Robinson and Ted Williams are among the set’s greats.

1952 Bowman Baseball Cards

1952 Bowman Baseball Cards

1952 Bowman Baseball Card Price Comparisons, Set Details, Checklist, and Auction Tracker.

1952 Topps Baseball Cards

1952 Topps Baseball Cards

It’s no exaggeration to say that 1952 Topps Baseball is a landmark baseball card set. The first major baseball card product from Topps, it includes the classic Mickey Mantle.

1953 Bowman Baseball Cards

1953 Bowman Baseball Cards

Regarded by many as one of the most attractive sets of all-time, 1953 Bowman Baseball includes a strong checklist of all-time greats. The release includes separate checklists for color and black and white cards.

1953 Topps Baseball Cards

1953 Topps Baseball Cards

1953 Topps Baseball Card Price Comparisons, Set Details, Checklist, and Auction Tracker.

1954 Bowman Baseball Cards

1954 Bowman Baseball Cards

1954 Bowman Baseball is highlighted by a classy, colorful design and the presence of many Hall of Famers. Don Larsen is the set’s top rookie cards. Errors and variations plague the checklist.

1954 Dan-Dee Baseball Cards

1954 Dan-Dee Baseball Cards

One of the most popular oddball issues of all-time, 1954 Dan-Dee Baseball is led by an early Mickey Mantle. Because they were inserted in bags of potato chips, the cards are very condition sensitive and command strong secondary market prices.

1954 Red Heart Baseball Cards

1954 Red Heart Baseball Cards

1954 Red Heart Baseball is one of the few products to be released in conjunction with dog food. The classic set includes Mickey Mantle and Stan Musial.

1954 Topps Baseball Cards

1954 Topps Baseball Cards

1954 Topps Baseball Card Price Comparisons, Set Details, Checklist, and Auction Tracker.

1954 Wilson Franks Baseball Cards

1954 Wilson Franks Baseball Cards

1954 Wilson Franks Baseball Card Price Comparisons, Set Details, Checklist, Auction Tracker and Buying Guide.

1955 Topps Baseball Cards

1955 Topps Baseball Cards

1955 Topps Baseball Card Price Comparisons, Set Details, Checklist, and Auction Tracker.

1956 Topps Baseball Cards

1956 Topps Baseball Cards

1956 Topps Baseball Card Price Comparisons, Set Details, Checklist, and Auction Tracker.

1957 Topps Baseball Cards

1957 Topps Baseball Cards

1957 Topps Baseball is highlighted by a potent checklist. It includes rookie cards of such greats as Frank Robinson, Brooks Robinson and Don Drysdale.

1958 Topps Baseball Cards

1958 Topps Baseball Cards

1958 Topps Baseball Card Price Comparisons, Set Details, Checklist, and Auction Tracker.

1959 Fleer Ted Williams Baseball Cards

1959 Fleer Ted Williams Baseball Cards

Taking full advantage of its exclusive deal with the Red Sox legend, 1959 Fleer Ted Williams Baseball represents something of a cardboard biography. From his play on the field to his upbringing off of it, the set is all things Ted Williams.

1959 Topps Baseball Cards

1959 Topps Baseball Cards

1959 Topps Baseball marked a time of change for the a hobby still in its infancy. The extended checklist provides ample coverage of that year in baseball and a more modern design helped the transition into the 1960s. Notable cards include Mickey Mantle, Roberto Clemente, Hank Aaron, as well as rookie cards for Sparky Anderson and Bob Gibson.