Stan Musial Cards - A Career on Cardboard

Stan Musial Cards – A Career on Cardboard

Few baseball players are beloved as Stan Musial. The face of the St. Louis Cardinals, Musial ranks as one of the game's all-time greats. Collectors have plenty of Stan Musial cards to chase. However, there are some gaps when it comes to collecting mainstream cards from his playing days.

The 1948 Bowman Stan Musial is credited as his rookie card. He also appeared in the company's 1949 set, along with Leaf, but the outfielder is absent from both the 1950 and 1951 Bowman sets. After returning for both 1952 Bowman and 1953 Bowman Baseball, there is another gap. Stan Musial's first Topps card didn't arrive until an All-Star card in 1958 Topps Baseball. But by then, Musial's playing career was entering its final stage. The last Stan Musial cards featuring him as an active player are found in 1963 Topps Baseball.

Collectors looking for vintage Stan Musial cards can also look to oddball cards, food issues and Topps inserts. The three-time National League MVP was also popular in modern sets as well. Stan Musial autographs are fairly prevalent, appearing in sets through his passing.

Below is a visual guide to mainstream vintage Stan Musial cards released during bis career. These span from 1948 to 1963. We've limited the gallery to cards from the Bowman, Topps and Leaf base sets. Inserts and oddball cards are not included.

Vintage Stan Musial Card Guide

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1948 Bowman Stan Musial RC #36

1948 Bowman Stan Musial RC 251x300 Image

1949 Bowman Stan Musial #24

1949 Bowman Stan Musial 246x300 Image

1949 Leaf Stan Musial #4

1949 Leaf Stan Musial 250x300 Image

1952 Bowman Stan Musial #196

1952 Bowman Stan Musial 199x300 Image

1953 Bowman Color Stan Musial #32

1953 Bowman Stan Musial 198x300 Image

1958 Topps Stan Musial #476 All-Star

1958 Topps Stan Musial 213x300 Image

1959 Topps Stan Musial #150

1959 Topps Stan Musial1 210x300 Image

1959 Topps Stan Musial #470 Baseball Thrills - 3,000th Hit

1959 Topps Stan Musial 470 260x183 Image

1960 Topps Stan Musial #250

1960 Topps Stan Musial 260x186 Image

1961 Topps Stan Musial #290

1961 Topps Stan Musial 214x300 Image

1962 Topps Stan Musial #50

1962 Topps Stan Musial 215x300 Image

1962 Topps Stan Musial #317 Musial Plays 21st Season

1962 Topps Stan Musial 317 260x184 Image

1963 Topps Stan Musial #250

1963 Topps Stan Musial 214x300 Image

1963 Topps Stan Musial #1 NL Batting Leaders with Tommy Davis, Frank Robinson, Hank Aaron and Bill White

1963 Topps NL Batting Leaders 212x300 Image

1963 Topps Stan Musial #138 Pride of the N.L. with Willie Mays

1963 Topps Willie Mays Stan Musial 214x300 Image

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1955 Rawlings #1A Stan Musial (Hand Cut) St Louis Cardinals HOF
$169.95
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STAN MUSIAL #250-Saint Louis Cardinals First Base 1960 Topps Ex+
$100.00
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1961 Topps #290 Stan Musial Cardinals EXMT
$32.50
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STAN MUSIAL 2004 DONRUSS CENTURY STARS AUTO #D 25 SUPER RARE MUSIAL CARDINALS
$179.99
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$4000 SPORTS 1000 Card Collection 40 Graded Card Lot Musial Cobb Mantle PSA
$172.45
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1948 Bowman STAN MUSIAL Rookie #36 Cardinals Poor Fair
$159.99
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1958 Topps #476 Stan Musial All-Star, St. Louis Cardinals
$18.95
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1962 TOPPS # 50 STAN MUSIAL CARDINALS EX-MT TINY INK BACK 229077
$33.00
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Collectible Diamond King Stan Musial Puzzle Pieces Baseball Card NEW!!
$28.95
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1997 Donruss Signature Series Baseball Stan Musial On Card Auto 2000
$59.99
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Collectible Diamond King Stan Musial Puzzle Pieces Baseball Card NEW!!
$8.98
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1947 1966 Exhibit #164 Stan Musial {(three bats& kneeling) VGEX J604854
$13.25
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1963 Topps Stick-Ons #30 Stan Musial EX J604965
$8.50
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1963 Topps Stick-Ons #30 Stan Musial EXMT+ J604966
$20.25
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1958 Topps Stan Musial All Star Baseball Card #478
$6.28
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2014 Topps Tribute STAN MUSIAL Tribute to the Throne THRONE-SM Jersey Relic 50
$34.99
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