1951 Topps Blue Backs Baseball Cards

1951 Topps Blue Backs Baseball Cards

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Despite the grand history of the brand, 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, including 1951 Topps Blue Backs Baseball.

Blue Backs helped kicked things off for Topps alongside its more common Red Backs counterpart.

See also: 1951 Topps Red Backs Baseball Cards

1951 Topps Blue Backs Baseball Set Details

Although many collectors likely look to 1952 Topps as the start of the Topps Baseball legacy, 1951 Topps Blue Backs Baseball was 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.

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.

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

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

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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.

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As mentioned, the Blue Backs series totals 52 cards, but it can be combined with the Red Backs for a master set of 104 cards.

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Key Cards

Key 1951 Topps Blue Backs Baseball Cards

#3 Richie Ashburn

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#50 Johnny Mize

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#30 Enos Slaughter

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#6 Red Schoendienst

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#37 Bobby Doerr

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Set Checklist

1951 Topps Blue Backs Baseball Checklist

Base Set Checklist

52 cards.
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1 Eddie Yost - Washington Senators
2 Hank Majeski - Chicago White Sox
3 Richie Ashburn - Philadelphia Phillies
4 Del Ennis - Philadelphia Phillies
5 Johnny Pesky - Boston Red Sox
6 Red Schoendienst - St. Louis Cardinals
7 Jerry Staley - St. Louis Cardinals
8 Dick Sisler - Philadelphia Phillies
9 Johnny Sain - Boston Braves
10 Joe Page - New York Yankees
11 Johnny Groth - Detroit Tigers
12 Sam Jethroe - Boston Braves
13 Mickey Vernon - Washington Senators
14 Red Munger - St. Louis Cardinals
15 Eddie Joost - Philadelphia Athletics
16 Murry Dickson - Pittsburgh Pirates
17 Roy Smalley - Chicago Cubs
18 Ned Garver - St. Louis Browns
19 Phil Masi - Chicago White Sox
20 Ralph Branca - Brooklyn Dodgers
21 Billy Johnson - St. Louis Cardinals
22 Bob Kuzava - Washington Senators
23 Dizzy Trout - Detroit Tigers
24 Sherm Lollar - St. Louis Browns
25 Sam Mele - Washington Senators
26 Chico Carrasquel - Chicago White Sox
27 Andy Pafko - Chicago Cubs
28 Harry Brecheen - St. Louis Cardinals
29 Granny Hamner - Philadelphia Phillies
30 Enos Slaughter - St. Louis Cardinals
31 Lou Brissie - Cleveland Indians
32 Bob Elliott - Boston Braves
33 Don Lenhardt - St. Louis Browns
34 Earl Torgeson - Boston Braves
35 Tommy Byrne - New York Yankees
36 Cliff Fannin - St. Louis Browns
37 Bobby Doerr - Boston Red Sox
38 Irv Noren - Washington Senators
39 Ed Lopat - New York Yankees
40 Vic Wertz - Detroit Tigers
41 Johnny Schmitz - Chicago Cubs
42 Bruce Edwards - Brooklyn Dodgers
43 Willie Jones - Philadelphia Phillies
44 Johnny Wyrostek - Cincinnati Reds
45 Bill Pierce - Chicago White Sox
46 Jerry Priddy - Detroit Tigers
47 Herm Wehmeier - Cincinnati Reds
48 Billy Cox - Brooklyn Dodgers
49 Hank Sauer - Chicago Cubs
50 Johnny Mize - New York Yankees
51 Eddie Waitkus - Philadelphia Phillies
52 Sam Chapman - Cleveland Indians

 

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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