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1954 Topps Scoops Trading Cards

1954 Topps Scoops Trading Cards

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1954 Topps Scoops trading cards squeeze about 1,000 years of history into a tidy 156-card set. Presented as a newspaper of sorts, the set's wide-ranging subject matter still appeal to collectors today.

Released in a two series, each with 78 cards, 1954 Topps Scoops are much smaller than traditional trading cards. Each measures 2 1/16" by 2 15/16". Card fronts have a painted image of the event along with a box that carries a headline and date. Some cards originally came with scratch-off area meant to hide the image. Card backs are laid out like a newspaper. The top of the card has a newspaper name, date and location. The card number inside a box on the left side. Below this is a headline. A black and white image and a write-up tell the story.

The subject matter in 1954 Topps Scoops covers a lot of ground. Early American history and recent wars figure very prominently. Although the release focuses heavily on non-sports subjects, it isn't without a handful of sports stars. Babe Ruth, Notre Dame's legendary Four Horsemen, Jesse Owens, Joe Louis, Bob Feller and Ben Hogan are among the athletes included in the set.

Today, 1954 Topps Scoops appeals to a variety of collectors. Besides set collectors, the varied subject matter brings a lot of interest for singles as well. Not surprisingly, the Ruth generates some of the highest prices.

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Set Checklist

1954 Topps Scoops Checklist

156 cards.

1 San Francisco Earthquake
2 Fire Sweeps Chicago
3 Lindbergh Flies Atlantic
4 Battleship Maine Blown Up
5 Lusitania Sinks
6 Lincoln Shot
7 Monitor Battles Merimac
8 Alamo Falls
9 Garfield Shot
10 Panama Canal Opened
11 Statue of Liberty Unveiled
12 First Atom Bomb Dropped
13 Victory for Rough Riders
14 President McKinley Shot
15 First Airplane Flight
16 D-Day Landing on Normandy
17 S.S. Titanic Sinks
18 World War I Declared
19 Pearl Harbor Attacked
20 Dirigible Hindenburg Burns
21 U.S. Troops Reach France
22 United Nations Born
23 War in Korea
24 Retreat From Dunkirk
25 King Edward Abdicates
26 Atlantic Charter Drafted
27 Bob Feller Strikeout King
28 Boston Tea Party
29 Battle of Britain
30 Landing in North Africa
31 Roosevelt Wins 4th Term
32 World War II Begins
33 MacArthur Returns
34 Doolittle Bombs Tokyo
35 Gold Discovered
36 Marines Land at Iwo Jima
37 John Brown's Raid
38 Oklahoma Land Rush
39 Dempsey Defeats Willard
40 Joe Louis New Champ
41 Babe Ruth Sets Record
42 Massacre in Chicago
43 Normandie Capsizes
44 East Meets West
45 Custer's Last Stand
46 Pony Express Starts
47 Armistice Signed
48 Blizzard Sweeps New York
49 Black Tom Explodes
50 Fulton's Steamboat
51 Washington Inaugurated
52 Queen Elizabeth II Crowned
53 Gandhi Murdered
54 Stock Market Crashes
55 Peary Discovers North Pole
56 Byrd Reaches South Pole
57 Victory in Europe
58 Japanese Surrender
59 Big 3 Meet at Yalta
60 Acrobat Crosses Niagara
61 Berlin Airlift Begins
62 Bandits Rob Brink's
63 Morro Castle Burns
64 Quintuplets Born
65 Marciano K.O.'s Walcott
66 Jet Breaks Speed Record
67 Korea Truce Signed
68 Jet Passes Sound Barrier
69 Piccard Descends 2 Miles Under Sea
70 Mt. Everest Climbed
71 John L. Sullivan Defeated
72 Ederle Swims Channel
73 Johnstown Flooded
74 Mussolini Dead
75 Dillinger Shot
76 Brooklyn Bridge Opened
77 Hurricane in Florida
78 War With Mexico
79 British Lose at New Orleans
80 Nathan Hale Hanged
81 John Paul Jones Wins Naval Battle
82 Hamilton Shot in Duel
83 Battle of Manila Bay
84 Chief Red Cloud Defeated
85 Jesse James Robs Train
86 Indians Defeat Gen. Crook
87 Joan of Arc Burned
88 Troy Falls to Greeks
89 Rome Burned
90 Columbus Discovers America
91 Pompeii Destroyed
92 U.S. Navy Battles Pirates
93 United States Gets Flag
94 Lewis & Clark Reach Pacific
95 Chief Sitting Bull Killed
96 Geronimo Surrenders
97 Captain Kidd Hanged
98 Witch-Hunts in Salem
99 Fort Sumter Surrenders
100 Battle of Tippecanoe
101 Perry Opens Door to Japan
102 Stanley Finds Livingston
103 Magellan's Ship Circles World
104 Pilgrims Land at Plymouth
105 U.S.S. Panay Sunk
106 Bridge Crashes
107 Circus Blaze
108 Skyscraper Crash
109 Bikini A-Bomb Test
110 Notre Dame's 4 Horsemen
111 Declaration of Independence
112 Gen. Braddock Defeated
113 Spanish Armada Defeated
114 Suez Canal Opened
115 Napoleon Loses at Waterloo
116 Daimler Tests First Auto
117 Flagpole-Sitting Record Set
118 Julius Cesar Assassinated
119 Plague Sweeps London
120 Mutiny on the Bounty
121 West Point Trains Cadets
122 Wild Bill Hickok Shot
123 Boy Scouts Organized
124 Top Nazis to Hang
125 New State of Israel
126 Carlsen Quits Sinking Ship
127 Flying Saucers
128 Jesse Owens Races Horse
129 Ben Hogan New Golf King
130 Braves Go to Milwaukee
131 Corrigan Flies Wrong Way
132 Eisenhower Elected
133 Erie Canal Opened
134 First Balloon Flight
135 Flood Kills Hundreds
136 Franklin Roosevelt Dies
137 New York World's Fair
138 Radar Beam Reaches Moon
139 Air Speed Record Set
140 British Burn WHite House
141 Cornwallis Surrenders
142 Gold Stored at Fort Knox
143 Louis XVI Guillotined
144 Franklin's Famous Experiment
145 Brodie Jumps Off Brooklyn Bridge
146 Liberty or Death
147 Indians Sell Manhattan
148 U.S. Buys Louisiana
149 Leif Ericsson Finds Finland
150 Pocahontas Saves Colonist
151 United States Buys Alaska
152 Ship Sets Speed Record
153 T.V.A. Completed
154 27-Inning Tie
155 Charge of the Light Brigade
156 World's Largest Telescope Built
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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.

User Reviews

Dennis Quinn
Dennis Quinn

I am not a collector. I’m just interested in getting all 156 scoop cards. I had The cards as a kid.

I don’t know how to make a bid— fair market value figures are hard to determine in this area.

I wouldn’t mind hearing what values are being talked about.


Dennis Quinn

Frank Evanov
Frank Evanov

Nice write up Ryan. Be advised that not all Scoops cards came with the rub-off bars. There was only one of those per five cent pack. The other cards were clean.

Ryan Cracknell
Ryan Cracknell

Frank Evanov Thanks!

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