The Golden Age of Baseball Cards™

...its influence on society and the game

 

Baseball Card Showcase

Topps Baseball Cards from the Golden Age

This section is dedicated to some of the cards and the players that made baseball history in grand or not so grand ways.  The cards are some of the best and some of the weirdest.  Behind each card is a story, some well known and others somewhat obscure.  The history of the time, when revisited can provide some insight into what is good, bad and sometimes ugly with baseball and society, then and now.

Click on a card to get the story.

59topps-464 Willie Mays-The Catch
Willie Mays - "The Catch"

Was this Willie Mays' best catch? Many people
say, "No."
56topps-173 Johnny Podres
Johnny Podres had a losing season in 1955, but his World Series performance will live on forever.
56topps-165 Red Schoendienst
Red Schoendienst was an excellent fielder whose leadership skills made him famous.
56topps-#010 Warren Spahn
Warren Spahn established himself as one of the premier lefties of all time.
52topps-#158 Eddie Waitkus


Eddie Waitkus was a player whose off-the-field happenings make him one for the history books and the movies.
59topps-150StanMusial

Stan "The Man" Musial has held many records, but some of his most ardent fans were Cubs fans and some his his most memorable achievements occurred at Wrigley Field.
56topps #164 Harmon Killebrew
Harmon Killebrew was at one time considered
the most likely player to break Babe Ruth's
home run record.
56topps #056 Dale Long
Dale Long's bat  ignited the baseball world in 1956 for eight consecutive games.
56topps #003 Elmer Valo
Elmer Valo played for 20 years, but his achievements in 1948 are often forgotten.
1956 tops #167 Harry Dorish
Harry Dorish was a pitcher who excelled in relief in the 1950s.  He is better remembered for his base running.
1957 Topps #130 Don Newcombe


Don Newcombe pitched the Dodgers to many pennants, but one day in 1950 he did what no other pitcher has done since.
1954 Topps #045 Richie Ashburn

Richie Ashburn made it to the Hall of Fame because of his speed, contact hitting and exceptional fielding. He is remembered for the throw that saved the pennant in 1950.
1970topps #192 Jim Qualls


Jim Qualls is most remembered for a single off of Tom Seaver that most Mets fans would sooner forget, and for a play at the plate that will never be forgotten.
1957 Topps #005 Sal Maglie


Sal Maglie won a lot of games for the New York Giants, but some of his best work was done in four months for the Dodgers in 1956.
1956 Topps #259 Sam Jones
"Sad Sam" Jones brought a blank expression to the park, but his games were exciting to watch.
1956 Topps #107 Ed Mathews
Ed Mathews was a powerful force for the Braves in the 1950s helping them get to two World Series appearances.
1970Topps #425 Bobby Bonds


Bobby Bonds was the heir apparent to the Willie Mays throne.  His combination of speed and power were surpassed by only a few.
1957 Topps #050 Herb Score


Herb Score was a promising rookie in 1955. He was the heir apparent to Bob Feller. How would he crack the fabled Cleveland Indians' starting four?
1960 Topps #159 jim Piersall
Jimmy Piersall was one of the few ballplayers to have a movie made about him before he was successful.
1960 Topps #340 Harvey Haddix

Harvey Haddix was perfect for a long time, but not quite long enough.
1962Topps #218 Joe Torre Rookie Card

The experience Joe Torre obtained as a catcher, first baseman and third sacker may have helped him to become one of the most accomplished managers of all time.
Lou Piniella Topps 1974 #290

Lou Piniella was a fiery player in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.  His flare as a player has translated well into his role as a manager.
Topps 1958 #115 Jim Bunning

Jim Bunning established himself as a Hall of Fame pitcher and holds a distinction with respect to Ted Williams. He then went on to the get elected to various political positions leading to the U.S. Senate.
1957 Topps #165 Ted Kluszewski


Ted Kluszewski was a model for uniforms to come setting the style with sleeveless grace. Oh, he could also play baseball.
1959 Topps #478 Bob Clemente

Roberto Clemente will be remembered as a line drive hitter who never hit more than 29 home runs in a season, but on one day in May 1959 he would rival the power of Babe Ruth.
1957 Topps #020 Hank Aaron


This is a great looking card of Hank Aaron from 1957.  The only problem is that the card was not produced this way.
1952 Topps Pete Reiser #189

Pete Reiser electrified the baseball world in the 1940s with great catches, daring base running and timely hitting, winning the National League batting championship in 1941.
1958 Topps #296 Ryne Duren

Ryne Duren was a fireballing right hander who could scare the daylights out of a batter before the batter ever stepped in the box.
1957 Topps Bobby Thomson #262

Bobby Thomson is remembered for the most famous home run in baseball history.  He should also be remembered as a great ballplayer.
1959 Lew Burdette #404

Lew Burdette was a pitcher for the Milwaukee Braves and is known for his performance in the 1957 World Series.  He was also a practical joker.
1959 Topps #357 Dick Stuart


Dick Stuart was known for hitting 66 home runs in one minor league season. He was also the worst fielding first baseman in history.
1963 Topps 033 Bo Belinsky

Bo Belinsky burst on to the scene in 1962 as an Angel.  The Playboy lit up the baseball world for a short while and then his star faded rapidly. But while it would shine, he had it all.
1956 Topps Don Zimmer #099

Don Zimmer played and managed the old-fashioned way, from his gut.
1956 Topps #083 Karl Spooner
Karl Spooner started off with 27 strikeouts in his first two games in the Majors. And then...
1967 Topps #148 Adolfo Phillips



Adolfo Phillips was a flash, that lasted only a brief moment, but while he was hot, so were the Cubs.
1957 Topps#359 Tom Cheney


Who holds the record for most strikeouts in a game? Not Nolan Ryan, Randy Johnson or Kerry Wood, but Tom Cheney.
1954 Topps #029 Jim Hegan



Jim Hegan handled the elite Cleveland Indian pitching staff in the 1940s and 1950s.
1953 Topps Connie Marrero #013


Conrado Marrero established himself as one of the greatest amateur ballplayers of all time. At 100 years of age he has a lot of stories to tell.
1956 Topps Virgil Trucks #117
Virgil "Fire" Trucks is one of only five pitchers to fire two no-hitters in one season.
 




Maury Wills would change the game of baseball in a way that no one had since Babe Ruth.



Mike Sandlock is known for his ability to handle knucklers. He is also one of the oldest living Major Leaguers

 

 

 

 

 

 

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