1951 Bowman Baseball Cards
1951 Topps Baseball Cards
In 1951, Topps produced their
first set of baseball cards. One set of 52 cards were
available with a blue backs and one set of 52 cards were available with a red backs.
The size of the cards were 2"by 2 5/8" and featured a playing card format.
Aware of Bowman's copyright regarding selling baseball cards with gum,
the first Topps cards were sold in packs of 2 cards for 1 cent with a piece of caramel candy.
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Later in the season, the cards were sold in the aftermarket as a Baseball Card Game
featuring all 52 cards, along with Topps team cards and
Topps All Star cards for 29 cents.
(Topps Archives has a great in-depth write-up on these cards here)
2 players not included in the set were Mickey Mantle and Ted Williams.
1951 Topps Red Back style Mickey Mantle
1951 Topps Blue Back style Ted Williams