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1951 Topps Blue Backs Baseball Cards

1951 Topps Blue Backs Baseball Cards

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The humble beginnings of Topps Baseball came in 1951 with several smaller sets. Two of the more available options were issued as a card game. 1951 Topps Blue Backs Baseball helped kicked things off for Topps alongside its more common Red Backs counterpart.

Although many collectors likely look to 1952 as the start of the Topps Baseball legacy, 1951 Topps Blue Backs Baseball cards were one of the initial forays into the baseball collecting world for Topps. On the smaller side in comparison to the traditional card size, the 2" x 2-5/8" cards feature rounded corners and a very similar design to playing cards. This is because the set was issued as a card game that never really seemed to take off with collectors.

1951 Topps Blue Backs Baseball Ashburn1951 Topps Blue Backs Baseball back

Card fronts feature black-and-white images inside a diamond-cut background of green, red or blue, along with yellow and white. Noted as the "B Series," the card number is found on the 1951 Topps Blue Backs Baseball front. The top-left and bottom-right corners include a red baseball graphic and a specific baseball play that corresponds to the card game. Finally, a drawing of a baseball player is located in the top-right corner and the player's name and a brief bio is found in the bottom-left corner.

Similar to a deck of cards, the 1951 Topps Blue Backs Baseball set is complete at 52. Overall, the star power is rather limited in the checklist. However, the set features five Hall of Fame players, including Richie Ashburn, Red Schoendienst, Enos Slaughter, Bobby Doerr and Johnny Mize.

1951 Topps Blue Backs Baseball Mize panel

The 1951 Topps Blue Backs Baseball design is virtually identical to the Red Backs, except for one crucial element. As indicated by the name, 1951 Topps Blue Backs Baseball have card backs featuring a blue color scheme. While the 1951 Topps Red Backs actually have the better overall checklist, the Blue Backs are tougher to find and generally carry more value.

1951 Topps Blue Backs Baseball cards were issued as individual cards as well as in two-card panels. However, perforation remnants can be found on both versions. As the cards were sometimes included with candy, it is very common to find card damage associated with the sweets.

The 1951 Topps Blue Backs Baseball set totals 52 cards, but can be combined with the Red Backs for a master set of 104 cards.

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(47129) 1951 Topps Blue Backs 50 Johnny Mize Yankees-EX
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1951 Topps Blue Back #25 Sam Mele - Senators EX MT
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1951 Topps Blue Backs Baseball - # 38 Irv Noren, OF, WAS
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1951 Topps Blue Backs Baseball - # 37 Bobby Doerr, 2b, BOS
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1951 Topps Blue Backs Baseball - # 43 Willie "Puddin Head" Jones, 3b, PHI
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1951 Topps Blue Backs Baseball - # 42 Bruce Edwards, C, BRK
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Key Cards

Key 1951 Topps Blue Backs Baseball Cards

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#3 Richie Ashburn

1951 Topps Blue Backs Baseball Ashburn

#50 Johnny Mize

1951 Topps Blue Backs Baseball Mize

#30 Enos Slaughter

1951 Topps Blue Backs Baseball Slaughter

#6 Red Schoendienst

1951 Topps Blue Backs Baseball Schoendienst

#37 Bobby Doerr

1951 Topps Blue Backs Baseball Doerr

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1951 TOPPS BLUE BACK $36 CLIFF FANNIN SGC 96 9
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1951 Topps Blue Back #20 RALPH BRANCA SGC Authentic Signed Autographed Card *WOW
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1951 Topps Blue Back #19 Phil Masi SGC 92
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1951 Topps Blue Back #22 Bob Kuzava SGC 92
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1951 Topps Blue Back #17 Roy Smalley SGC 88
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1951 TOPPS BLUE BACK PHIL MASI #19 **SGC 96 (9) MINT** CHICAGO WHITE SOX CATCHER
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1951 TOPPS BLUE BACK #44 JOHNNY WYROSTEK *SGC 96 (9)* 2X ALL-STAR *REDS *PIRATES
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BRUCE EDWARDS 1951 TOPPS BLUE BACK #42 SGC GRADED 40 VG 3 BROOKLYN DODGERS
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Set Checklist

1951 Topps Blue Backs Baseball Set Checklist

1951 Topps Blue Backs Baseball Mize

1 Eddie Yost
2 Hank Majeski
3 Richie Ashburn
4 Del Ennis
5 Johnny Pesky
6 Red Schoendienst
7 Gerry Staley RC
8 Dick Sisler
9 Johnnyin
10 Joe Page
11 Johnny Groth
12 Sam Jethroe
13 Mickey Vernon
14 George Munger
15 Eddie Joost
16 Murry Dickson
17 Roy Smalley
18 Ned Garver
19 Phil Masi
20 Ralph Branca
21 Billy Johnson
22 Bob Kuzava
23 Dizzy Trout
24 Sherman Lollar
25 Sam Mele
26 Chico Carrasquel RC
27 Andy Pafko
28 Harry Brecheen
29 Granville Hamner
30 Enos Slaughter
31 Lou Brissie
32 Bob Elliott
33 Don Lenhardt RC
34 Earl Torgeson
35 Tommy Byrne RC
36 Cliff Fannin
37 Bobby Doerr
38 Irv Noren
39 Ed Lopat
40 Vic Wertz
41 Johnny Schmitz
42 Bruce Edwards
43 Willie Jones
44 Johnny Wyrostek
45 Billy Pierce RC
46 Gerry Priddy
47 Herman Wehmeier
48 Billy Cox
49 Hankuer
50 Johnny Mize
51 Eddie Waitkus
52 Sam Chapman

1951 Topps Blue Backs Baseball Panels Set Checklist

26 cards. Cards are listed in numerical order by the lowest card number in each panel.

40 Vic Wertz - 1 Eddie Yost
12 Sam Jethroe - 2 Henry Majeski
11 Johnny Groth - 3 Richie Ashburn
4 Del Ennis - 17 Roy Smalley
5 Johnny Pesky - 37 Bobby Doerr
35 Tommy Byrne - 6 Red Schoendienst
7 Gerald Staley - 10 Joe Page
25 Sam Mele - 8 Dick Sisler
13 James Vernon - 9 Johnny Sain
29 Granville Hammer - 14 George Munger
15 Eddie Joost - 42 Bruce Edwards
16 Murray Dickson - 41 Johnny Schmitz
18 Ned Garver - 24 Sherman Lollar
34 Earl Torgeson - 19 Phil Masi
20 Ralph Branca - 33 Don Lenhardt
32 Bob Elliott - 21 Billy Johnson
44 Johnny Wyrostek - 22 Bob Kuzava
23 Phil Trout - 26 Chico Carresquel
27 Andy Pafko - 43 Willis Jones
46 Gerry Proddy - 28 Harry Brecheen
31 Lou Brissie - 30 Enos Slaughter
36 Cliff Fannin - 49 Henry Sauer
47 Herman Wehmeier - 38 Irv Noren
50 Johnny Mize - 39 Ed Lopat
51 Eddie Waitkus - 45 Bill Pierce
48 Billy Cox - 52 Sam Chapman

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1951 TOPPS BLUE BACKS.. ED LOPAT..#39..PSA 9!!
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1951 Topps Blue Back #49 Hank Sauer - Cubs PSA 5 - EX
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