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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.

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 the one of the first baseball card sets produced by Topps.

1951 Topps Red Backs Baseball Doubles Box Packs

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.

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.

1951 Topps Red Backs Baseball Yogi Berra1951 Topps Red Backs Baseball Back

Another many 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.

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

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#1 Yogi Berra

1951 Topps Red Backs Baseball Yogi Berra

#38 Duke Snider

1951 Topps Red Backs Baseball Duke Snider

#5 Phil Rizzuto

1951 Topps Red Backs Baseball Phil Rizzuto

#30 Warren Spahn

1951 Topps Red Backs Baseball Warren Spahn

#22 Bob Feller

1951 Topps Red Backs Baseball Bob Feller

#50 Monte Irvin RC

1951 Topps Red Backs Baseball Monte Irvin

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Set Checklist

1951 Topps Red Backs Baseball Set Checklist

Two variation cards are noted below.
1951 Topps Red Backs Baseball Yogi Berra

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

1951 Topps Red Backs Baseball Panels Set Checklist

26 cards. Cards are listed in numerical order by the lowest card number in each panel.
1951 Topps Red Backs Baseball Panel

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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