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1952 Topps Look 'n See Trading Cards

1952 Topps Look ‘n See Trading Cards

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1952 Topps Look 'n See is one of the most popular trading card sets of all-time. The set focuses on more than 150 years worth of famous figures that helped shape America.

The set remains heavily collected today by both set builders and fans of individual figures.

1952 Topps Look 'n See Set Details

A total of 135 cards make up the 1952 Topps Look 'n See checklist. Similar to the more recent Topps American Heritage sets, subjects are divided up into several subsets. The first nine cards are U.S. Presidents. Cards 10 through 31 are dubbed "Famous Americans." Numbers 32 to 42 are Military Leaders and 43 to 46 are Famous Women. Subset themes continue throughout the rest of the set, but they're scattered. Other subjects include Explorers, Men of the West, Inventors and World Figures.

The 1952 Topps Look 'n See Babe Ruth is by far the most popular card in the set. He is the only baseball player on the checklist. In fact, he's the lone professional athlete. Although not confirmed, it is widely suspected that card 82, Rembrandt, is a short print. As a result, it commands a premium on the secondary market.

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Because of the wide variety of figures in the set, some cards sell for more than others. Not to take away from anyone's accomplishments, but Albert Einstein is far more popular than Elias Howe.

The 1952 Topps Look 'n See design is very similar to 1952 Topps Baseball. Featured personalities have a painted portrait set inside a white border. A white rectangle toward the bottom of the card has the person's name and what they're famous for. This rectangle has a yellow border and a small icon noting which subset the card is a part of.

Card backs are primarily orange with white text. The card number sits inside a shield in the top-left corner. The person's name is in bold with subset information underneath it. A lively bio tells the legend of the figure, often with larger-than-life excitement.

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The bottom of the card has a trivia question. Every 1952 Topps Look 'n See pack came with a decoder made from a red strip of cellophane. By placing the strip over the top of the card, the trivia answer is revealed.

With its striking artwork, comprehensive checklist and storied history, 1952 Topps Look 'n See remains a classic in the hobby. Its varied subject matter should ensure it remains highly collectible in both the near and distant future.


Set Checklist

1952 Topps Look 'n See Checklist



Base Set Checklist

135 cards.
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1 Franklin D. Roosevelt
2 Woodrow Wilson
3 Thomas Jefferson
4 Abraham Lincoln
5 Harry Truman
6 Theodore Roosevelt
7 Ulysses S. Grant
8 Andrew Jackson
9 George Washington
10 Gen. G. W. Goethals
11 Nathan Hale
12 Francis Scott Key
13 Wilbur Wright
14 Jefferson Davis
15 Babe Ruth
16 Paul Revere
17 Patrick Henry
18 Washington Irving
19 Alexander Hamilton
20 Albert Einstein
21 Benjamin Franklin
22 Daniel Webster
23 James A. McNeill Whistler
24 Phineas T. Barnum
25 George Eastman
26 George Washington Carver
27 Luther Burbank
28 Stephen Foster
29 Mark Twain
30 Col. Charles A. Lindbergh
31 Henry Ford
32 Gen. Douglas MacArthur
33 Oliver H. Perry
34 Gen. Robert E. Lee
35 Gen. Matthew Ridgeway
36 Gen. Claire Chennault
37 George A. Custer
38 Stephen Decatur
39 Gen. George S. Patton, Jr.
40 Stonewall Jackson
41 Dwight D. Eisenhower
42 John Paul Jones
43 Eleanor Roosevelt
44 Cleopatra
45 Amelia Earhart
46 Annie Oakley
47 Robert Peary
48 Ferdinand Magellan
49 Ponce De Leon
50 Richard Byrd
51 Christopher Columbus
52 Balboa
53 Kit Carson
54 Buffalo Bill Cody
55 Daniel Boone
56 Geronimo
57 Jesse James
58 Sitting Bull
59 Cochise
60 Wild Bill Hickok
61 Sam Houston
62 Bat Masterson
63 Billy the Kid
64 Winston Churchill
65 Mahatma Gandhi
66 William Shakespeare
67 Napoleon Bonaparte
68 Sir Isaac Newton
69 Guglielmo Marconi
70 Samuel B. F. Morse
71 Thomas A. Edison
72 Cyrus H. McCormick
73 Robert Fulton
74 Alexander Graham Bell
75 Elias Howe
76 Louis Pasteur
77 William Penn
78 Thomas Paine
79 Edgar Allan Poe
80 Will Rogers
81 Sir Walter Raleigh
82 Rembrandt
83 Clara Barton
84 Julius Caesar
85 Chiang Kai-Shek
86 Benvenuto Cellini
87 Marie Curie
88 Roald Amundsen
89 Hans Christian Anderson
90 Benedict Arnold
91 Enrico Caruso
92 Louis Daguerre
93 Admiral George Dewey
94 Sir Francis Drake
95 Alfred E. Smith
96 Tecumseh
97 Jules Verne
98 Adlai Stevenson
99 Lester B. Pearson
100 Lord William Beaverbrook
101 Daniel Defoe
102 Anne of Cleves
103 Duke of Windsor
104 Queen Elizabeth II
105 Leonardo Da Vinci
106 Machiavelli
107 George C. Marshall
108 Michelangelo
109 Admiral Horatio Nelson
110 Nero
111 Florence Nightingale
112 John D. Rockefeller
113 Sir Walter Scott
114 Percy Bysshe Shelley
115 John Philip Sousa
116 Robert Louis Stevenson
117 Arturo Toscanini
118 Amerigo Vespucci
119 H. G. Wells
120 Wendell Willkie
121 Emile Zola
122 Capt. William Kidd
123 Sir Henry Morgan
124 Charles Darwin
125 Charles Dickens
126 Leif Ericson
127 Galileo
128 Genghis Khan
129 Johannes Gutenberg
130 Victor Herbert
131 Henry Hudson
132 Henry VIII
133 Joan of Arc
134 Lafayette
135 Dolley Madison


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Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff.   His collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection.

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Brian Abeyta
Brian Abeyta


I have a George Washington and a General Patton of the 1952 Topps Look n See collection. I didn’t realize I have history in my album! Thanks for the great info!

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