1952 Topps Baseball Cards

Topps 1952 Mickey Mantle
Set Description

Topps issued this innovative set in 1952, which set the standards for cards to come. The front is black & white colorized photos of the players and for the first time their team logo was printed in color. The backs are numbered and have the players vitals and bio, for the first time the players previous year stats where included. On cards #1-80 can be found with red or black backs as well as cards #311-407 are high numbers and scarce.

Important Notes

The “hi” series (#310-407) are much more difficult to find than the lower series
The Mickey Mantle #311 card is the grail of post-war cards
The 1st series (#1-80) come in red and black back variations

Set Info

Manufacturer: Topps
Year of Issue: 1952
Set Size: 407 Cards
Card Size: 2-5/8” x 3-3/4”


Series I: 1-80
Series II: 81-130
Series III: 131-190
Series IV: 191-250
Series V: 251-310
Series VI: 311-407 (Scarce)

Price Guide (Complete Set)

VG – $25,000
EX – $45,000
NM – $140,000

Errors & Variations

48 – Joe Page (has the Johnny Sain biography info on the back of the card)
49 – Johnny Sain (Has the Joe Page biography info on the back of the card)

Key Rookies

175 – Billy Martin
372 – Gil McDougald
392 – Hoyt Wilhelm
407 – Ed Mathews

Key Stars

37 – Duke Snider
191 – Yogi Berra
261 – Willie Mays
311 – Mickey Mantle
312 – Jackie Robinson
333 – Pee Wee Reese