The 1956 TOPPS baseball cards have been a favorite of mine for many years now. There are quite a few of them in my collection—Jackie Robinson and Al Rosen are just two of them.
When TOPPS came on the sports cards scene in the early 1950’s, they competed with another company named BOWMAN.
When 1956 rolled around, TOPPS bought out BOWMAN. The wonderful thing that happened for the collectors was that all of the players were featured in just one set. In the years before 1956, you could only find certain players on BOWMAN cards, while other players were just on TOPPS cards.
Collectors today also look for varieties in the set. Two of the more famous verities deal the back of the cards with one being called “white back” (this is a white or cream color) and the other is called the “gray back” (this has more of a gray color).
A word of advice though—these cards are a little larger than today’s cards. Be careful if you want to put these in pages for a three-ring binder (the cards won’t fit). You may have to buy some pages for these to fit in.
You can also see some of these cards in my Etsy shop here. Have you ever run into these cards?