Did you know that Topps was the only company licensed to manufacture cards that featured the US Olympic baseball team of 1984? This consequently led to the production of the first baseball card of Mark McGwire, before he was promoted to the major leagues! Collectors were in a frenzy to lay their hands on this card. With the beautiful, definitive cards that have been developed and produced over the years, it is not wonder that the Topps baseball cards are the most sought after by collectors throughout the nation.
Apart from baseball cards, Topps also manufactures cards of other sports and popular subjects. These include Pokémon, Michael Jackson, ET and the Beatles! Topps began manufacturing baseball card sets in 1951. Today this company is one of the leading producers of baseball cards in the US and is licensed to feature MLB players.
Most Valuable Topps Baseball Cards
Celebrating 60 years in 2011, Topps baseball cards sets have been coveted since their creation for their innovative and path breaking designs. Some of the most valuable Topps baseball cards of all time are:
1952 Topps Mickey Mantle: This one was famous not only for the picture of Mickey in it, but also for the addition of the Topps signature bubble gum to the pack for the first time. The largest Topps baseball cards ever produced, measuring 2.5" by 3.5", details included on the card were blurbs about the player, vital stats and player information.
1954 Henry "Hank" Aaron Rookie Card: Another Topps baseball cards that cost a fortune, a Topps Hank rookie card sold for nearly $28,000 in 2008, more than 50 years after it was first bought! This was Aaron's first appearance on a Topps baseball card and featured a young Hank on the front.
1952 Topps Jackie Robinson: The first Topps baseball card issued for Robinson, this card is extremely valuable because it is one of the high numbers of the definitive Topps 1952 series. Apart from this, it is highly collectible for being the first Topps card to move past the "color" barrier. This 1952 card was also one of three cards that were "double-printed", making this an error card that is invaluable.
1989 Ken Griffey Jr.: Another first, this is the first Topps baseball cards for future Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. Topps has originally not included Griffey in its 1989 collection. He was added later to the company traded baseball cards set in the same year.