Complete Visual History of Topps Baseball Card Backs

Complete Visual History of Topps Baseball Card Backs

The card back is an often overlooked, even ignored, part of the hobby. While everyone appreciates a pretty picture and an aesthetically pleasing front, card backs often carry the bulk of the information. And for Topps Baseball card backs, there's always been plenty to digest. Stats have long been a mainstay, alongside a rotating mix of cartoons, player bios and other surprises. Some years have had additional photos on the back, some have stadiums and some are extremely drab.

But even the most boring Topps Baseball card backs have been the connection between the collector and the player's on-field achievements. Photos show a brief moment. Stats capture an entire season and more.

Here's a look at every Topps Baseball card back design from 1951 to 2011.

Topps Baseball Card Backs Through the Years

Wow your friends with these Topps Baseball card back stats and trivia:

  • Horizontal Design: 53
  • Vertical Design: 9 (includes both 1951 Red and Blue backs)
  • Years with Player Photographs: 16
  • Years with Comics/Cartoons: 25
  • Topps used full career stats for the first time in 1957.
  • 1967 and 1968 are the only years where vertical designs were used in consecutive years.
  • Although a popular feature on card fronts, facsimile signatures have only been used on Topps Baseball card backs twice (1953 and 1974).
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2000 TOPPS FINEST SERIES 1 MLB BASEBALL HOBBY BOX
$69.99
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1997 TOPPS SERIES 1 HOBBY SEALED BASEBALL BOX
$49.95
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TOPPS 2009 BASEBALL SERIES 2 SEALED HOBBY BOX
$56.00
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2001 Topps Archives Series 2 Baseball HOBBY Box Sealed
$115.00
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2012 Topps Series 1 JUMBO Hobby box sealed New 10 packs 50 cards per pack
$75.00
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2013 Topps Series 2 Hobby Box Brand New Factory Sealed
$48.75
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2011 Topps Series 2 Baseball Hobby Box
$59.99
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2002 TOPPS 206 SERIES 1 BASEBALL HOBBY BOX
$119.99
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1995 Topps Complete BASEBALL 677 CARD Factory Sealed HOBBY BOX SET Series 1
$99.95
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2014 TOPPS SERIES 2 BASEBALL FACTORY SEALED HOBBY BOX
$59.99
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2001 TOPPS ARCHIVES SERIES 1 HOBBY BASEBALL BOX
$249.95
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2014 TOPPS SERIES 1 BASEBALL HOBBY BOX FACTORY SEALED MLB NEW
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User Comments

  1. Very nice! Thanks! I think they should bring back the facsimile signatures on the back. I don’t like front signatures because I prefer to get ttm autos…

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