Sunday, September 16, 2012

The missing 1953 Topps Baseball cards

The 1953 issue by Topps was the companies second major issue. It was numbered at 280 cards with six cards not released (253, 261, 267, 268, 271, 275), down from 407 cards in the 1952 set. The decrease in quantity was due to the competition between Topps and Bowman to sign ballplayers to exclusive contracts. The original artwork has been discovered for at least 5 of the missing 6 cards, but as I mentioned in a previous blog, there were well over 100 players included in the 1953 Bowman set and not in the Topps set.

Here is my take on a few of players not included in the 1953 Topps set:

Up next, I will present some All-Time Baseball Greats in the 1956 Topps format...

                                      What If there was a Ty Cobb card made in 1956....


  1. These are great, just great. Do you create card backs also?

    1. Thanks, and yes I make backs for the ones I like enough to print out for myself. I was considering a post in the future with examples and tips for creating card backs.

  2. Thanks for sharing your 1953 Topps cards that never were. I recently purchased the 1953 reprints and your additions fit beautifully with the originals & superb replacements for the Topps photos I trust that I have not violated some regulation, if so please tell me.

    My question-have you continued with this endeavor. There are about 25 more players of note that were not signed by Topps that I would love to have. I have a little experience with photo shop & it is becoming a hobby. Any tips would be great. Thanks, I was 11 years old in 1953

  3. Hi, I don't sell these and I put my watermark on them so nobody else does either, but if you like them enough to print copies then I am flattered.
    I still make cards when I have time, and the early 50's cards are my favorites so I will someday finish the rest of the 53's. If you send my your email, I will not publish that message, but I would be happy to start a conversation with you about tips and tricks for making custom cards.