And the Bracket Battle Champion for the Best Topps Baseball Set Ever Is...

And the Bracket Battle Champion for the Best Topps Baseball Set Ever Is…

Voting

...1956 Topps!

1956 Topps Roberto Clemente 1956 Topps Jackie Robinson

30 1956 Topps Mickey Mantle 1956 Topps Willie Mays

The biggest upset in the bracket tournament for the greatest Topps baseball set of all-time was saved for the end. 1956 Topps Baseball, ranked sixth after initial voting, took out top-ranked 1952 Topps Baseball with a full 55% of the votes in the final round.

To reach the top, 1956 started out by handily beating 1999 Topps Baseball. From there it took out the 1958, 1959, 1983 and 1975 sets. 1952, 1975 and 1983 were the top three ranked sets entering the bracket, which was determined in advance with readers selecting up to ten of their favorite sets.

From the start of the bracket battle, it looked to be 1952's to lose. Being the groundbreaking set that it is, few will argue its importance. But "best" can be defined in different ways by people. 1956 doesn't have any truly classic rookie cards either. So it looks like it may have been design that came out on top.

What do you think? Whether it's your favorite set or not, what do you like about 1956 Topps Baseball?

This concludes our bracket battle for the best Topps Baseball set of all-time. Thanks to all who participated. We had fun and hope you did too. What are some other bracket battles you'd like to see in the future? Let us know in the comments below.

And if you want to look back on how everything came about, here's the final bracket (and the full-sized PDF):

Topps Brackets Final Tally

Top eBay Listings

1956 TOPPS AL KALINE GRAY BACK BASEBALL CARD PSA GRADED AN EX 5
$60.40

1956 Topps, #305, Brooks Lawrence, PSA, NM-7 (9326)
$44.95

1956 Topps, #330, Jim Busby, PSA, NM-7 (6922)
$44.95

1956 Topps #107 Eddie Mathews Milwaukee Braves PSA 5 EX 0416
$49.95

1956 Topps #110 Yogi Berra New York Yankees PSA 5 EX 0416
$129.95

1956 Topps #22 Jim Finigan 2nd Kansas City A's MLB Base Ball Card PSA NM-MT 8 mc
$28.18

1956 Topps #146 Washington Nationals PSA 6 EX-MT Gray Back
$30.00

1956 Topps, #72 Phillies Team, PSA 6, EX-MT (9565)
$39.00

1956 Topps 130 GB Willie Mays PSA 1.5 (7703)
$80.00

1956 Topps #208 Elston Howard Yankees PSA 6 EX-MT
$49.99

1956 BVG 1.5 FAIR Topps Mickey Mantle New York Yankees #135
$274.99

1956 Topps #13 Roy Face PSA 7! (LQQK)
$31.99

1956 TOPPS BASEBALL BOB FELLER HOF PSA 3.5
$31.50

1956 Topps — Rance Pless #339 — PSA 6
$31.99

1956 TOPPS BASEBALL DON NEWCOMBE PSA 6
$39.00

1956 Topps Baseball # 192 Smoky Burgess PSA EX 5 - Nice - # 25003261
$30.00
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Results

For those who like keeping track of data, here are the results from earlier rounds in the bracket battle for the best Topps baseball set of all time. Bold sets were the winners. We've also included the percentage of the votes they received.

Finals

1952 (1)
1956 (6) 55.24%

Semi-Finals

1952 (1) 55.6%
1965 (5)

1975 (2)
1956 (6) 54.45%

Round 4

1952 (1) 63.03%
1971 (9)

1955 (13)
1965 (5) 54.93%

1975 (2) 50.71%
1953  (7)

1983 (3)
1956 (6) 53.36%

Round 3

1952 (1) 71.09%
1980 (16)

2015 (8)
1971 (9) 58.63%

1987 (4)
1955 (13) 55.74%

1965 (5) 64.51%
1985 (12)

1975 (2) 53.58%
1963 (15)

1953 (7) 62.2%
1972 (10)

1983 (3) 55.52%
1960 (14)

1956 (6) 70.89%
1959 (22)

Round 2

1952 (1) 83.94%
1970 (33)

1980 (16) 69.63%
1967 (17)

2015 (8) 52.09%
1973 (25)

1971 (9) 69.81%
1978 (24)

1987 (4) 65.38%
1989 (36)

1955 (13) 72.6%
1962 (20)

1965 (5) 72.12%
1964 (28)

1985 (12) 61.06%
1974 (44)

1975 (2) 70.95%
2011 (31)

1963 (15) 54.33%
1954 (18)

1953 (7) 68.42%
1982 (39)

1972 (10) 59.42%
1968 (23)

1983 (3) 78.16%
1979 (35)

1960 (14) 54.85%
1984 (19)

1956 (6) 62.93%
1958 (27)

1957 (11)
1959 (22) 61.14%

Round 1

1952 (1) 94.94%
1997 (64)

1975 (2) 91.58%
1998 (63)

1983 (3) 93.9%
1996 (62)

1987 (4) 74.87%
2002 (61)

1965 (5) 88.33%
2003 (60)

1956 (6) 92.25%
1999 (59)

1953 (7) 88.77%
1994 (58)

2015 (8) 79.26%
1995 (57)

1971 (9) 77.9%
2004 (56)

1972 (10) 75.81%
2005 (55)

1957 (11) 73.5%
2000 (54)

1985 (12) 57.92%
1992 (53)

1955 (13) 86.17%
2009 (52)

1960 (14) 88.59%
2006 (51)

1963 (15) 77.72%
2001 (50)

1980 (16) 81.79%
2007 (49)

1967 (17) 78.79%
1993 (48)

1954 (18) 77.53%
1988 (47)

1984 (19) 73.5%
2012 (46)

1962 (20) 70.8%
2008 (45)

1986 (21)
1974 (44) 56.82%

1959 (22) 70.03%
2010 (43)

1968 (23) 52.15%
1990 (42)

1978 (24) 59.72%
2014 (41)

1973 (25) 67.51%
1966 (40)

1969 (26)
1982 (39) 50.14%

1958 (27) 70.66%
1961 (38)

1964 (28) 69.01%
1991 (37)

1976 (29)
1989 (36) 53.28%

1977 (30)
1979 (35) 50.29%

2011 (31) 61.32%
1981 (34)

2013 (32)
1970 (33) 50.56%

Top eBay Listings

Gene Beardon - 1952 Topps #229 PSA 5
$32.99

1956 Topps CHUCK STOBBS #68 NM-MT *fabulous card for your set* m4
$19.95

1956 Topps #23 Freddie Marsh Orioles GAI 7.5 !!
$23.99

1956 Topps #19 Chuck Diering SGC 80 EX-NM 6
$12.00

1956 TOPPS AL KALINE GRAY BACK BASEBALL CARD PSA GRADED AN EX 5
$60.40

1952 Topps #190 Don Johnson Near Mint
$60.00

STAN MUSIAL CARDS: NEAT 1952 TOPPS STYLE !!
$11.99

1956 TOPPS #295 CLEM LABINE EX-MT V5398
$9.49

1956 TOPPS #325 DON LIDDLE EX-MT V5402
$7.59

1956 TOPPS #140 HERB SCORE WRITING ON BACK EX-MT+ V5461
$7.59

1956 TOPPS #155 HARVEY KUENN EX-MT V5396
$7.59

1956 TOPPS #295 CLEM LABINE EX-MT V5395
$9.49

1956 TOPPS #170 BILL VIRDON EX-MT V5397
$7.59

Ed Fitzgerald - 1952 Topps #236 PSA 5
$32.99

1956 Topps YANKEES TEAM CARD #251 VG *nice baseball card for set* DD7
$44.95

1956 TOPPS #143 JIM PIERSALL VG-EX+ V5297
$6.64
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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 Comments

  1. 1956 Topps is HANDS DOWN the nicest work of cardboard art Topps has ever created. 1979 and 1983 are my other choices but it’s not even close.

  2. Best design from a designer by professions point of view is 1965. That Mantle is iconic.

  3. 1980 Topps is such an underrated card design. I am mad that they didn’t list the backs of the cards. The vintage backs just kill the modern day backs of cards.

  4. What a load of crap…one or two computer geeks loaded the brackets with a bunch of throwaway 90s sets! This cannot be a real contest. Not even worth the time to vote now.

  5. 1) It’s not a contest. It’s a poll. 2) It’s meant for readers to pick their favorite main Topps baseball set from 1952-2015. Each set/year takes up one slot. So while there are 10 sets from the 1990s, there are also 10 from the 1980s, 1970s, 1960s, etc. Once we post the first round results tomorrow you’ll probably notice that there are few sets from the 1990s standing. 3) The polls are set up so that each device gets one vote. While there’s probably ways around that, there are literally zero stakes so it’s unlikely. And the numbers we saw reflect this.

  6. Wow, funny. I knew a lot I voted for in the first round wouldn’t make it, but oh well. Love the poll Ryan!

  7. It’s gonna be a 50’s set to win this, isn’t it?

  8. 2004 will always be a favorite of mine but of the ones left I hope it comes down to 1972 and 1956. They look the best to me even if 1972 had a bit of a wild design.

  9. I think the final should have been 52 v 65. 56 and 75 are nice but they should be 3rd or 4th all time. Imo.

  10. It’s too bad ’57 and ’83 did not make the cut. Nevertheless this has been a very fun poll. I’m pulling for ’52 to end up on top!

  11. There’s no way it’s not ’52. From the very beginning it’s the odds-on favorite.

  12. Enjoyed voting in the polls. I’m glad that the 1956 set came out on top. The set is colorful and I like the action shot in the background on these cards. The Jackie Robinson card is a classic.

  13. it was fun voting and watching this

    other future polls I would like to see are:

    best card BACK of all the years

    same poll but modern only (80-present)

    those would be pretty interesting..

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