The appeal of the 1953 Topps set is too much to resist

Ask anyone what their favorite vintage Topps set is and they’ll more than likely tell you the 1952 Topps set. Why? Because it was the “first” standard Topps card set, and because the set houses many high-dollar cards including probably the second-most iconic card in our hobby, the Mickey Mantle. But if you ask me, the 1953 set is by far he most compelling of the early Topps baseball sets.

I applaud Cardboard Junkie for his efforts in completing this masterful set — it’s a task that one day I’d like to chase.

The cards are beautifully designed, both front and back. The front’s feature bright-colored artistry, that for he most part features damn-good portraits of the players. Oddly enough, however, the Willie Mays in this set might be the ugliest vintage Mays to exist. Sadly, I can’t say that I own one.

But I do own a few Red Sox commons, as well as the first card from the set, none other than Jackie Robinson, and as of Friday, I now own the Eddie Mathews.

The Mathews card, the image of which will always be stuck in my head, party because of Dayf’s site header image, is probably as close as I’ll ever get to actually owning Mathews’ rookie, which is the very last card in the 1952 Topps set and carries a hefty price tag — Beckett lists it at $10,000, they sell on eBay for no less than $1,000 — or the price of an actual 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle.

The Mathews rookie is a high-number shortprint. Coincidentally, this 1953 Topps card of the hall of famer is double printed. Go figure.

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