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1951 Topps Red Backs Baseball Cards

1951 Topps Red Backs Baseball Cards

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Although the values don't match the more storied sets from the era, 1951 Topps Red Backs Baseball cards offer one of the first releases from Topps Baseball.

As an early entry from the Topps Baseball brand, the simple set is part of collecting history.

See also: 1951 Topps Blue Backs Baseball Cards

1951 Topps Red Backs Baseball Set Details

1951 Topps Red Backs Baseball cards, and the similar 1951 Topps Blue Backs, are a hybrid collectible that combines baseball cards with a baseball-themed card game. Although the game never garnered much interest, the Red Backs remain relevant as one of the first baseball card sets produced by Topps.

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Showcasing a design that mimics a standard deck of cards, the card fronts for the 1951 Topps Red Backs Baseball set are colorful. Yellow, green, red and blue are used to highlight a black-and-white photo that is centered in the middle of the cards with a diamond background. There are also additional elements in the corners, including a baseball drawing, red baseball graphic and play in two corners, and a brief player bio. The plays referenced, like double or strike, correspond to the card game.

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The 52-card 1951 Topps Red Backs Baseball set matches the Blue Backs in total number, but the master set is actually 54 cards thanks to two variations that were issued for team updates (#36 and #52). Despite these similarities, the two sets are easily distinguished based on the color of the card backs. Also, the Red Backs are noted as "A Series" on the card fronts.

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Another difference among the two 1951 Topps Baseball sets is the checklist. 1951 Topps Red Backs Baseball features eight Hall of Fame inductees, including the rookie card for Monte Irvin. Other top options include Yogi Berra, Duke Snider, Phil Rizzuto, Bob Feller and Warren Spahn. Variations include trade updates for Gus Zernial and Tommy Holmes.

Despite boasting the better checklist, the 1951 Topps Red Backs Baseball values are lower than their blue equivalent. This is due to the relative scarcity of the Blue Backs compared to the Red Backs. Card creasing also makes it more difficult to locate high-grade examples.

Additionally, 1951 Topps Red Backs Baseball cards are largely found in single-card form, but there is a more limited panel version that includes two cards attached with perforation. While the panel cards do carry a premium, both versions display the perforation edges. Although rare, factory sets of panels were also issued and have surfaced at auction.

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Key Cards

Key 1951 Topps Red Backs Baseball Cards

#1 Yogi Berra

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#38 Duke Snider

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#5 Phil Rizzuto

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#30 Warren Spahn

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#22 Bob Feller

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#50 Monte Irvin

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Set Checklist

1951 Topps Red Backs Baseball Set Checklist

52 cards.
Two variation cards are noted below (#36 & #52).
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1 Yogi Berra - New York Yankees
2 Sid Gordon - Boston Braves
3 Ferris Fain - Philadelphia Athletics
4 Vern Stephens - Boston Red Sox
5 Phil Rizzuto - New York Yankees
6 Allie Reynolds - New York Yankees
7 Howie Pollet - St. Louis Cardinals
8 Early Wynn - Cleveland Indians
9 Roy Sievers - St. Louis Browns
10 Mel Parnell - Boston Red Sox
11 Gene Hermanski - Brooklyn Dodgers
12 Jim Hegan - Cleveland Indians
13 Dale Mitchell - Cleveland Indians
14 Wayne Terwilliger - Chicago Cubs
15 Ralph Kiner - Pittsburgh Pirates
16 Preacher Roe - Brooklyn Dodgers
17 Dave Bell - Pittsburgh Pirates
18 Jerry Coleman - New York Yankees
19 Dick Kokos - St. Louis Browns
20 Dom DiMaggio - Boston Red Sox
21 Larry Jansen - New York Giants
22 Bob Feller - Cleveland Indians
23 Ray Boone - Cleveland Indians
24 Hank Bauer - New York Yankees
25 Cliff Chambers - Pittsburgh Pirates
26 Luke Easter - Cleveland Indians
27 Wally Westlake - Pittsburgh Pirates
28 Elmer Valo - Philadelphia Athletics
29 Bob Kennedy - Cleveland Indians
30 Warren Spahn - Boston Braves
31 Gil Hodges - Brooklyn Dodgers
32 Hank Thompson - New York Giants
33 Bill Werle - Pittsburgh Pirates
34 Grady Hatton - Cincinnati Reds
35 Al Rosen - Cleveland Indians
36 Gus Zernial - Chicago White Sox
36 Gus Zernial - Philadelphia Athletics
37 Wes Westrum - New York Giants
38 Duke Snider - Brooklyn Dodgers
39 Ted Kluszewski - Cincinnati Reds
40 Mike Garcia - Cleveland Indians
41 Whitey Lockman - New York Giants
42 Ray Scarborough - Boston Red Sox
43 Maurice McDermott - Boston Red Sox
44 Sid Hudson - Washington Senators
45 Andy Seminick - Philadelphia Phillies
46 Billy Goodman - Boston Red Sox
47 Tommy Glaviano - St. Louis Cardinals
48 Eddie Stanky - New York Giants
49 Al Zarilla - Chicago White Sox
50 Monte Irvin - New York Giants
51 Eddie Robinson - Chicago White Sox
52 Tommy Holmes - Boston Braves
52 Tommy Holmes - Hartford Chiefs


1951 Topps Red Backs Baseball Panels Set Checklist

26 cards. Cards are listed in numerical order by the lowest card number in each panel.
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26 Luke Easter - 1 Yogi Berra
25 Cliff Chambers - 2 Sid Gordon
3 Ferris Fain - 21 Larry Jansen
4 Vern Stephens - 43 Maurice McDermott
16 Preacher Roe - 5 Phil Rizzuto
6 Allie Reynolds - 31 Gil Hodges
7 Howie Pollet - 12 Jim Hegan
8 Early Wynn - 47 Tommy Glaviano
41 Whitey Lockman - 9 Roy Sievers
10 Mel Parnell - 32 Henry Thompson
11 Gene Hermanski - 24 Hank Bauer
13 Dale Mitchell - 17 Gus Bell
18 Jerry Coleman - 14 Wayne Terwilliger
15 Ralph Kiner - 35 Al Rosen
19 Dick Kosko - 50 Monte Irvin
20 Dom DiMaggio - 40 Mike Garcia
22 Bob Feller - 52 Tommy Holmes
44 Sid Hudson - 23 Ray Boone
34 Grady Hatton - 27 Wally Westlake
28 Elmer Valo - 48 Eddie Stanky
29 Bob Kennedy - 39 Ted Kluszewski
30 Warren Spahn - 46 Billy Goodman
33 William Werle - 51 Eddie Robinson
37 Wes Westrum - 49 Al Zarilla
38 Duke Snider - 45 Andy Seminick
42 Ray Scarborough - 36 Gus Zernial


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