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1956 Topps Elvis Presley Trading Cards

1956 Topps Elvis Presley Trading Cards

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1956 Topps Elvis Presley is the first of many trading card sets dedicated to the King of Rock and Roll. Not just focused on music, it also highlights the beginning of his acting career.

Printed under the banner Bubbles Inc., the 66-card 1956 Topps Elvis Presley checklist has two distinct sections. The first 46 cards center on his music. Card fronts have a full-color photo and a caption that is inside a red guitar.

These cards are sometimes referred to as "Ask Elvis" cards because of the card backs. The top of the card has a blue banner that has the card number, an illustration of an operator and a question. The text below is meant to sound like Presley answering the fan's question.

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The final 20 cards in 1956 Topps Elvis Presley center on his feature film debut, Love Me Tender. Card fronts have a color picture from the film. The red guitar from the music cards is replaced by a clapboard.

Card backs recap the film's plot. The blue banner at the top includes a film strip graphic with the card number and a bold caption. The bottom of the card has another banner that lists the subset as a "series of 20 scenes," further separating the two sections of the set.

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1956 Topps Elvis Presley remains one of the most popular entertainment trading card sets of the post-Era. Singles, no matter the condition, continue to trade strongly on the secondary market.

Measuring 3.5" by 2/5", the set is also notable for being one of the first (if not the first) Topps sets to have the traditional dimensions used in most sets today.

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Set Checklist

1956 Topps Elvis Presley Checklist

66 cards.

1 Go, Go, Go Elvis
2 Elvis Presley
3 Relaxing at Rehearsals
4 Love Me Tender
5 Soft and Mellow
6 Elvis and His Fans
7 Presley Press Conference
8 Singing with the Heart
9 Time Out Between Shows
10 America's Singing Idol
11 Don't Be Cruel
12 Pickin' Out a Tune
13 Steve Allen and Elvis
14 Down on the Farm
15 Judging His Record
16 Vacation Fun
17 Studying the Script
18 Signing Session
19 I Want You, I Need You, I Love You
20 A Tux for TV
21 Elvis Presley
22 The Fan's Friend
23 Ready to Ride
24 Elvis' Movie Debut
25 Elvis' Motorcycle
26 Hound Dog
27 Swinging Low
28 Acting Outdoors
29 Facing the Cameras
30 Elvis the Actor
31 At the Keyboard
32 Tuning Up for the Show
33 A Show for the Home Town
34 Taking It Easy Between Scenes
35 Elvis at 17
36 Chow Time on the Movie Set
37 Strumming for Fun
38 Elvis' Escort
39 Lights, Camera, Action!
40 Serenade to a Pooch
41 Rockin' on the Stage
42 Radio Broadcast
43 Recording Session
44 Elvis' Special Shirt
45 Preparing to Go on Stage
46 America's Top Singer
47 Clint and Cathy Reno
48 Farm Chores
49 New Member of the Family
50 Hard Work
51 Happy Homecoming
52 Porch Performance
53 "I Want an Honest Answer"
54 Heading for the Fair
55 Singing Up a Storm
56 Bad News
57 "I'm Going to Vance"
58 Rescue Ride
59 Clint's Plan
60 "Don't Try to Stop Me"
61 Fighting Mad
62 Two Against One
63 Setting the Trap
64 "Let Him Have It, Clint"
65 Clint Takes Aim
66 "Go Back to Vance"
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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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