Archive for 1952 Topps

The ugliest $1,000 rookie card?

Posted in Hall of Fame Rookie Cards with tags , , , , , on January 13, 2012 by Cardboard Icons

It’s not easy being an extreme rookie card collector.

It’s a lot of fun chasing rookies of big names like Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, as well as guys you may have not heard of like Chip Lang.  But every once in a while you find a rookie card that is essential to your collection but you have a hard time pulling the trigger to acquire.

Exhibit A:  1952 Topps Hoyt Wilhelm.

1952 Topps Hoyt Wilhelm High Series rookie card

Fact: Wilhelm is a Hall of Famer.

Fact: This set is probably the most popular set in the hobby.

Fact: The card books at $1,000

Fact: I didn’t pay (or trade) anywhere near $1,000 for it.

Fact: Wilhelm had his eyes closed when the photographer snapped his picture for his first official card.

Is there an uglier rookie card that books at $1,000?

These Wilhelm rookies are considered tougher to get because they are from the legendary high series, a late release that saw a large portion of it dumped into the river instead of getting into collector’s hands.  This is the same series that the iconic Mickey Mantle hails from.

Wilhelm is one that I had to have for my collection.  There was no alternative.  And while the card is ugly as sin, I managed to get it for about half of what they usually go for on eBay or elsewhere.  And it is in pretty good shape; it’ll probably grade a 3 or so.

And to answer your next question:  Yes, it is real.

The Wilhelm represents two firsts for me.  It is my first High series card from the 1952 set.  And it now represents my first post highlighting the rookie cards of Hall of Famers in my collection.

See more Hall of Fame Rookie Cards by clicking HERE.

1952 Topps Mantle redeemed via Topps MCG site

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , on September 17, 2010 by Cardboard Icons

First off, hat tip to Greg of Night Owl Cards, he  spotted it first and tweeted about  this. At some point late last night or early this morning, a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle card was redeemed via the Topps Million Card Giveaway site.  Many of us went to the site to see if the card still appeared on the recently redeemed list and it was already gone. Greg thought his eyes were playing tricks on him. But according to a Topps representative, the redemption actually happened. In a message sent to Cardboard Icons through Twitter, the rep says the company learned about it Friday morning. That’s a great start to the weekend for somebody.

Topps Number Ones new additions

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , on November 30, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

As some of you know I’m working on a special project to obtain the first card from every Topps baseball set from 1952 through present. It’s a project that started earlier this year after realizing I had a few vintage Number Ones, including the almighty 1952 Topps Andy Pafko. Over the last week I have added two new cards to the collection: 1959 Topps Ford Frick and the 1966 Topps Wille Mays. The Frick is an intriguing card to me because this depicts a former journalist turned sports commissioner. It makes me wonder why we haven’t seen any cards of Bud Selig.  And the Mays is actually a card I owned before but sold when I downsized my collection a few years back. What’s funny is that the Mays I previously owned was in about the same condition as this poor condition copy. Hell, it could be the same card.

Do you have a Topps Number One I don’t have? If so, and you’re willing to trade it, shoot me an e-mail at

Card of the Day: 1952 Topps Willie Mays

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 4, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

52mays1The time has come. For the last three years, I’ve had this “well loved” 1952 Topps Willie Mays card in my collection. It’s an iconic card representing the very first Topps card of the Giants legend, and one of the best cards in the historic set. But for the last year or so, it’s been removed from my main display case and sentenced to eternity in a dark box sitting among the rest of the cards, the majority of which are not even worthy of sharing the same room as this Mays. Continue reading

Card of the Day: 1952 Topps Andy Pafko

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , on August 12, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

Ever since I received my Lou Gehrig rookie card in the mail about two weeks ago, I’ve been in a different place as a collector. All of the shiny stuff I’ve pulled from packs in recent years really has become irrelevant to me since that 1933 Goudey Gehrig arrived. I’ve not bought a single card in more than two weeks, but in the meantime all I can think about is baseball, its greatest players historically and their old cardboard. Over the weekend I picked up “Cobb,” by Al Stump, and while I’m only 30-some-odd pages into it, it’s fueled my passion for the vintage cards again. And because I am not in a financial place to purchase anything new at this point — and probably for the rest of the year — I decided to dig an oldie but goodie out of my collection to share with the world: 1952 Topps Andy Pafko. Continue reading