1951 Topps Connie Mack's All-Stars Baseball Cards

1951 Topps Connie Mack’s All-Stars Baseball Cards

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One of several Topps Baseball sets issued during their debut season, 1951 Topps Connie Mack's All-Stars Baseball is a small release with a die-cut design. The early cardboard series is also known as R414-2.

Led by cards for Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, the vintage set commands strong values.

1951 Topps Connie Mack's All-Stars Baseball Set Details

Named for the accomplished manager, 1951 Topps Connie Mack's All-Stars Baseball may only have 11 cards in the checklist, but there is certainly no filler. An homage to the former greats, including Connie Mack himself, it can easily be considered a Hall of Fame set since every subject is enshrined in Cooperstown.

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Measuring 2-1/16" by 5-1/4", the tall 1951 Topps Connie Mack's All-Stars Baseball cards have a distinct design. The large black-and-white image of each player is highlighted by a deep red background and a yellow-filled text box at the bottom that also acts as a stand. The player's full name and replica signature is listed along with basic info and the tagline "Connie Mack's All-Time All-Star Team."

The card backs are basic with a moderately-sized player bio in the center and an ad for the full series at the bottom along with instructions for the figure stand. While there are no card numbers, most collectors organize them by the player's last name.

What really makes the cards distinct is that almost the entire player image is die-cut. This design allows collectors to fold the die-cut portion out of the card to create a makeshift display piece.

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However, the die-cut design also means that many of the cards have suffered considerable wear at the hands of overzealous collectors. It is also not uncommon to find 1951 Topps Connie Mack's All-Stars Baseball cards that are altered, with the exterior portion of the die-cut completely removed with scissors. Coming as no surprise, this greatly decreases the value.

Because of the remnants found at the top and bottom of each card, it is believed that the release was originally printed as panels. The cards can be especially vulnerable at these points and the set also suffers from centering issues.

As values have increased, counterfeits have become more common. Although the easiest way to avoid most of the uncertainty is to purchase cards that have been graded or authenticated by a reputable company, there are few key things to be aware of when shopping for 1951 Topps Connie Mack's All-Stars Baseball.

The most obvious thing to verify is that the card is actually die-cut. Many fakes somehow overlook that step and it can be an easy way to rule out a counterfeit. Also, the card stock for fakes is rarely accurate so, if possible, it is good to familiarize yourself with a real card during the research process.

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It is also important to note that there is another similar set from Topps that was issued the same year. Featuring nearly the same exact design, 1951 Topps Major League All-Stars Baseball also totals 11 cards, but the checklist is completely different as it includes active players of the time. These die-cut cards are considerably more difficult to find than the Connie Mack's.

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Grover Alexander

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Mickey Cochrane

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Eddie Collins

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Jimmy Collins

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Lou Gehrig

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Walter Johnson

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Connie Mack

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Christy Mathewson

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Babe Ruth

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Tris Speaker

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Honus Wagner

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Set Checklist

1951 Topps Connie Mack's All-Stars Baseball Checklist

Base Set Checklist

11 cards. The unnumbered cards are listed in alphabetical order by last name.
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Grover C. Alexander - St. Louis Cardinals
Mickey Cochrane - Philadelphia Athletics
Eddie Collins - Chicago White Sox
Jimmy Collins - Boston Beaneaters
Lou Gehrig - New York Yankees
Walter Johnson - Washington Senators
Connie Mack - Philadelphia Athletics
Christy Mathewson - New York Giants
Babe Ruth - New York Yankees
Tris Speaker - Cleveland Indians
Honus Wagner - Pittsburgh Pirates

 

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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. In more recent years, he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute.

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  1. 4 stars. I have plenty of other cards in my collection but the 51 Connie Mack All Star set is the first Topps issued card set. It epitomizes the early days of collecting with Connie Mack being asked to name the team. They are a tough grouping and to be able to collect a full set is magic to my eyes. You have some of the greatest players of all time including Ruth and Wagner and although I’m a couple away from a full set the thrill is in the chase. I have a couple nice Ruths and I found a Connie Mack, maybe one of the hardest. But for color, the Connie Mack connection, the punch out feature which was repeated, and copied by Topps, this earliest of the modern day sets really gets me going. I’m a little admittedly odd, I have other nice pieces but for some reason, probably because it’s their first set next to the silly playing cards, the shape and the fact you can find them un-played with makes them a four star winner for me. I only buy cards that were graded and in fact haven’t seen a reproduction. It’s good to know.

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