Complete Visual History of Topps Baseball Card Backs

Complete Visual History of Topps Baseball Card Backs

The card back is an often overlooked, even ignored, part of the hobby. While everyone appreciates a pretty picture and an aesthetically pleasing front, card backs often carry the bulk of the information. And for Topps Baseball card backs, there's always been plenty to digest. Stats have long been a mainstay, alongside a rotating mix of cartoons, player bios and other surprises. Some years have had additional photos on the back, some have stadiums and some are extremely drab.

But even the most boring Topps Baseball card backs have been the connection between the collector and the player's on-field achievements. Photos show a brief moment. Stats capture an entire season and more.

Here's a look at every Topps Baseball card back design from 1951 to 2011.

Topps Baseball Card Backs Through the Years

Wow your friends with these Topps Baseball card back stats and trivia:

  • Horizontal Design: 53
  • Vertical Design: 9 (includes both 1951 Red and Blue backs)
  • Years with Player Photographs: 16
  • Years with Comics/Cartoons: 25
  • Topps used full career stats for the first time in 1957.
  • 1967 and 1968 are the only years where vertical designs were used in consecutive years.
  • Although a popular feature on card fronts, facsimile signatures have only been used on Topps Baseball card backs twice (1953 and 1974).
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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. Very nice! Thanks! I think they should bring back the facsimile signatures on the back. I don’t like front signatures because I prefer to get ttm autos…

  2. This is a neat site. I’m looking for a card with a characterture of a player named Joe Bauman on the back. Bauman hit 72 home runs in 1954 for the Roswell Rockets, and while he never made it to the big leagues, apparently this trivia fact was printed on the back of maybe a Topps card. I wouldn’t know the year though. Any help in finding this card would be great. Thanks!

  3. I have a Pete Rose card 1971 and I cannot find a match to it. It has these faded numbers in the back of it by the face I can’t find a single one like if someone can help me

  4. Hi have a 2007 Allen and Ginter Greg Maddux signed 1/1 by Dick Perez .. I have tried looking to compare and find more information.. Thanks very much .

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