One of the most feared hitters of the 1960s and 1970s, Dick Allen was an exciting player who blistered the baseball. He was also one of the faces of his generation as an outspoken player who once graced the cover of Sports Illustrated juggling baseballs while smoking a cigarette. Allen has long been considered one of the best baseball players not in the Hall of Fame, which is likely to change in the near future. This should lead to renewed interest in the top Dick Allen cards.
Dick Allen, nicknamed "The Wampum Walloper," broke in with the Philadelphia Phillies during the 1964 season, capturing the National League Rookie of the Year Award. Allen was able to hit for an impressive combination of average and power even though his career intersected with the "Second Deadball Era," which was dominated by pitchers like Bob Gibson, Sandy Koufax and Juan Marichal. He would go on to appear in seven All-Star Games, lead the American League in home runs twice, and take home the 1972 American League MVP. In 2014, Allen missed being inducted to the Hall of Fame via the Golden Era Committee by a single vote. He is eligible for a committee vote again in 2021 and viewed as a strong favorite.
Dick Allen cards appeared in some of the most popular Topps sets of all-time, as well as many other great baseball card releases of the 1960s and 1970s. While Allen has long maintained a quiet presence in the baseball card hobby, his popularity has grown as his Hall of Fame candidacy has gained momentum. Many of Allen's cards are easy to find on the secondary market, often at reasonable prices compared to his contemporaries, but there are still plenty of challenges for collectors looking to build an extensive collection of this superstar player.
Following his retirement, very few Dick cards were produced. His presence in the hobby started to build again after appearing in several different products that were geared towards older players at the onset of the 2000s. Allen also has several certified autographs that can be tough to find due to the demand for his signature.
The list below looks at the key baseball cards of Dick Allen, including his rookie card and other notable releases from his playing time, as well as a few oddballs and some modern certified autographs.
Top 10 Dick Allen Baseball Cards
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10T. 1970 Kellogg's Rich Allen #33
The 1970 Kellogg's set was the start of the company's decade-plus foray into baseball cards. This particular design featured a 3D background with the player photo in the foreground. The Kellogg's cards are easy enough to find, but the plastic fronts make them condition-sensitive, as they are prone to cracking and curling.
As for the Dick "Rich" Allen card, this was his lone Phillies release from that year as he was traded to the Cardinals prior to the season. It is one of the more unique cards from the first half of his career and offers possibilities for collectors of all ranges. For those starting out on a collection of Dick Allen cards, this card is plentiful and generally affordable. For longtime collectors, tracking down a mint copy of this card will take patience and a few extra dollars.
10T. 1975 Topps Home Run Leaders Mike Schmidt, Dick Allen #307
Phillies collectors should also be sure to check out Allen’s 1975 Topps card with Mike Schmidt celebrating the duo as the NL and AL Home Run Leaders. Allen is actually pictured with the White Sox on the card, but the sluggers were paired together on the field for the 1975 season, as he was traded back to the Phillies.
9. 1967 Topps NL RBI Leaders Hank Aaron, Bob Clemente, Richie Allen #242
Dick Allen was an elite hitter, appearing on numerous League Leader cards. Many of these multiplayer cards, which were a Topps staple throughout Allen’s career, have long been popular as they often combine Hall of Famers and greats from the era on a single card. As an added benefit, the League Leader cards are often more attainable than the player’s base card within the same set, as is the case here. The 1967 Topps National League RBI Leaders card was Allen’s first appearance on such a card, but certainly not his last. It’s hard to think of a better duo from this era to be paired with than Hank Allen and Roberto Clemente.
Allen is also part of another trio in 1967 Topps featuring the NL Home Run Leaders (#244). In this case, Clemente is replaced with Willie Mays.
8. 2001 Topps Archives Dick Allen Autograph #TAA85
In 2001, Topps created Archives to celebrate the company's 50th anniversary in the baseball card business. The set varied from the more recent renditions of this product with the base set featuring two cards of each player—their first and last Topps card—along with a deep checklist of star players. Many of the Hall of Famers within the base set also appeared on the autograph checklist, including Willie Mays, Stan Musial and Frank Robinson.
Allen did not appear on a certified autograph card prior to 2001, so this card was one of the first opportunities to own the slugger's signature. The on-card autograph appears on a modified reprint of his 1964 Topps rookie card. Originally, this card also featured Phillies outfielder John Herrnstein. The revamped card used for the 2001 Archives set offers a nice space and clean background for Allen's signature. Not the easiest card to find, but certainly one worth adding to your collection.
7. 1974 Topps Deckle Edge Dick Allen #39
The 1974 Topps Deckle Edge set was distributed in the New England region in packs that read "Baseball Photos," each containing three cards and a stick of gum. The cards were similar in many ways to the 1964 Topps Giants, with the major differences being the scalloped edges and the black-and-white photos on the Deckle Edge cards.
Allen was part of the deep 72-card checklist that featured more than 20 Hall of Famers and many other greats from that era. The Allen card has a posed shot of the White Sox superstar with a blue facsimile signature over the top of the image. The base version features a gray back, but there is also a white variation that is tougher to find, along with a proof that lacks the scalloped edges. In an interesting twist, backs feature the date and location of the picture on the front. This Dick Allen card photograph was taken at Yankee Stadium on April 24th, 1973.
Dick Allen is also found in the 1969 Topps Deckle Edge insert as a member of the Phillies.
6. 1971 Topps Rich Allen #650
1971 Topps has remained one of the most popular and recognizable baseball card releases in the hobby. The black borders on this Rich Allen card make it condition-sensitive. As such, there is a premium for copies with clean edges and corners. While many of the cards in this set have action photographs, Allen has a posed shot. However, the distinctive roof over the pavilion seats of Dodger Stadium in the background adds a nice touch to this card. Allen appears in the tough seventh series of the set, which was short-printed, making copies tough to track down.
5. 1975 Topps Dick Allen #400
Dick Allen’s career began winding down by the mid-1970s, but Topps managed to squeeze one last notable card of the perennial All-Star into their classic 1975 set. Many collectors consider the two-toned 1975 Topps to be the best product from the decade. Housing the rookie cards of George Brett, Robin Yount and Gary Carter was a good start, but the popularity goes beyond the checklist.
The design of the 1975 card was different from anything that Topps had produced, personifying the popular culture and style of the 1970s on a baseball card. Dick Allen’s card pictured him in his powder-blue road White Sox uniform, wearing his trademark batting helmet while manning first base. The lamb-chop sideburns, steel-rimmed glasses and mustache further add to the '70s vibe of this card. The All-Star notation in the corner was from his appearance as the starting first baseman in the 1974 Midsummer Classic, the final one of his career. Collectors who are interested in this card should also be sure to check out 1975 Topps Mini Baseball.
4. 2001 Topps Golden Anniversary Dick Allen Autograph #GAA-DA
Just like Archives, the 2001 Topps flagship MLB set celebrated the 50th anniversary of the company producing baseball cards. While the base set offered collectors a chance at an Ichiro Suzuki rookie, there were plenty of great inserts and autographs included, many of which honored the players who had graced Topps cards over the years.
The Golden Anniversary Autographs insert has one of the deepest checklists to ever appear in a Topps base set. There were dozens of Hall of Famers and greats from various generations who signed, but there were also players who rarely appeared in certified autograph sets. Although Dick Allen signed for several baseball card sets over the years, the number of signatures on the secondary market can be limited at times. Therefore, his certified autographs fall on the pricey side compared to some of his peers from the 1960s and 1970s. This Golden Anniversary Great card is not Allen’s toughest certified signature, but it is easily his most popular.
3. 1965 Topps Richie Allen #460
Similar to many other second-year cards in the 1960s, 1965 Topps provided the first solo Topps baseball card for Dick Allen. Accentuated with the small pennants in the corner of the cards, the '65 set is one of the most aesthetically pleasing offerings from the decade. The Richie Allen card is made even better by the classic version of the "Topps All-Star Rookie" trophy. Allen was renowned for his offensive skills, but many collectors love the posed photo of Allen holding the baseball in a throwing position. The card of the Phillies standout is part of the high-numbered series, which is traditionally difficult to find from this era of Topps sets. However, 1965 Topps defies this trend with plentiful quantities of his card along with rookies of Catfish Hunter, Steve Carlton and Tony Perez.
2. 1964 Philadelphia Evening Bulletin Phillies Album Richie Allen
The Philadelphia Bulletin was once one of the country’s largest evening newspapers, running from the 1840s until the 1980s. It was noted for its polite tone and philosophy that the paper was a guest in the reader’s house. What could be more polite than providing free baseball cards?
There are two versions of each card in the Phillies album. The Premium set contains 8x10 newspaper inserts with a full-color portrait and action shot of the featured player. There is also a newsprint set with 5x8 cards that could be cut out by the readers. Both sets are tough to come by and each has specific limitations. The full-color cards are often found with bends and creases given the distribution as a newspaper insert. On the other hand, the newsprint cards are scarcer. Further, as a hand-cut set, the cards are condition-sensitive when appearing on the secondary market. This is one of the toughest cards to track down, but well worth the effort for those trying to build a great Dick Allen collection.
1. 1964 Topps Richie Allen RC #243 (w/ John Herrnstein)
It has taken a few decades, but the Richie Allen rookie card in 1964 Topps has emerged as one of the most important rookies from the mid-1960s. For a while, the '64 set was not known for its selection of rookie cards. Outside of the Phil Niekro rookie, collectors have long held the belief that 1964 had a stronger batch of second-year offerings, with Pete Rose, Willie Stargell and Gaylord Perry all appearing on their first solo Topps cards.
However, as time has passed, and the momentum of Dick Allen’s Hall of Fame candidacy has surged, the popularity of his rookie card has grown immensely and it has become one of the more sought-after cards from 1964 Topps. The card has a wide range of price points and is still fairly easy to find on the secondary market.