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View Poll Results: Considering artwork and players only (not market value), which set is your favorite?
Bowman Baseball 1948 0 0%
Bowman Baseball 1949 2 1.14%
Bowman Baseball 1950 1 0.57%
Bowman Baseball 1951 7 4.00%
Bowman Baseball 1952 1 0.57%
Bowman Baseball 1953 (Both Color and Black & White Combined) 16 9.14%
Bowman Baseball 1954 1 0.57%
Bowman Baseball 1955 5 2.86%
Topps Baseball 1951 (Both Red Backs & Blue Backs Combined) 0 0%
Topps Baseball 1952 10 5.71%
Topps Baseball 1953 15 8.57%
Topps Baseball 1954 11 6.29%
Topps Baseball 1955 5 2.86%
Topps Baseball 1956 31 17.71%
Topps Baseball 1957 15 8.57%
Topps Baseball 1958 2 1.14%
Topps Baseball 1959 3 1.71%
Topps Baseball 1960 3 1.71%
Topps Baseball 1961 1 0.57%
Topps Baseball 1962 3 1.71%
Topps Baseball 1963 3 1.71%
Topps Baseball 1964 0 0%
Topps Baseball 1965 4 2.29%
Topps Baseball 1966 1 0.57%
Topps Baseball 1967 14 8.00%
Topps Baseball 1968 3 1.71%
Topps Baseball 1969 3 1.71%
Topps Baseball 1970 1 0.57%
Topps Baseball 1971 14 8.00%
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Old 12-21-2018, 03:43 PM
Promethius88 Promethius88 is offline
Tim Hadley
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Join Date: May 2018
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1953 Bowman Color. The color and photography is just beautiful and simplistic in its design. In 1953 it must have been similar to what collectors felt like when 1989 Upper Deck was introduced... just so different than what they were used to. One day I will actually take the plunge and collect the set.
Close second is not a typical favorite but the 1961 Topps set. Many people hate the "head" shots but I like many of the up close pics. The color on a nice example just explodes off the card. Another set pretty simplistic in it's design. Not a bunch of stuff on the pic or on the borders to distract or obstruct the photos. Add in the MVP cards, World Series cars and the Sporting News cards and its like multiple sets in one!
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Old 12-23-2018, 03:53 PM
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Mike Ryan
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: California
Posts: 347
Default My Favorite!

What about the '48-'49 Leaf set? Joe DiMaggio, Babe Ruth, Stan Musial, Satchel Paige, Jackie Robinson, Bob Feller and Ted Williams all in the same set.
Plus 4 home runs in one game, Pat Seerey. He is in no other set. Also RC's of
Kell, Newhouser and Doby. Wagner chewing tobacco. All in just 98 cards.

What a set!!!
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Old 12-28-2018, 10:39 AM
MarcosCards MarcosCards is offline
Join Date: Aug 2018
Location: Michigan
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Default 1961 Topps!!!

Here’s a vote for the 1961 Topps set! Yes, I agree, it has too many head shots🙂. But what it lacks in glitz and gloss, it makes up for with — I dunno — overall class.

Here’s one of my favorite cards from the set — #296, Wes Covington. As a nine year old kid in 1961, I was mesmerized by all the detail in the card. Look - a glimpse at a major league bat rack! And oooh, all that creamy white lumber - maybe belonging to Aaron, Matthews, or Adcock. Look at that huge black forearm and bicep as Wes pulls a couple war clubs out before proceeding to the on-deck circle. He knows the camera is on him - so he gives a little smile. Thanks Wes. Lastly, that kid in the stands wearing the red shirt looks to be about my age in 1961. When examining the card I used to envy him and his view of the game - and maybe a leaning peak into the dugout!

What a card! What a set! What great memories!
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Old 12-30-2018, 12:25 PM
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Join Date: Feb 2016
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For overall photography, design and player selection I voted for 1971.

But my favorite is 1968 with 1969-72 a close second. These are the first sets that I collected as a youngster and are the only ones that have any nostalgic appeal for me. Without that they're just cardboard that people pay crazy dollars for.

I collect 1968-72 only. If I acquire other cards via trade or short sale then the money is used to upgrade those sets.

If I inherited a 1952 Mantle he'd be on the market before you could blink.
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Old 12-30-2018, 02:06 PM
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Tony S.
Join Date: Nov 2010
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Default My top 5

1.) 1949 Bowman - The set marks the start of post-WWII production of color cards. It is just beautiful. To me, the cards are pieces of art. A great set of 240 cards (252 or 324 with variations, depending on whether you consider white/gray card stock a variation). There are 25+ hall of famer's in the set. I think over 2/3rd of the set is rookie cards. Big name rookies include many of the biggest negro-league players who broke into the majors around the same time - Jackie Robinson (there's a debate on what his RC is, but this is from the same year as the Leaf was printed and the '47 Bond Bread is a regional issue), Larry Doby, Satchel Paige, Roy Campanella, plus Duke Snider, Richie Ashburn, Robin Roberts, Early Wynn, Bob Lemon. Many other minor RC's including Hodges, Furillo, Roe, Raschi, Trucks, Joe Gordon. The colors are amazing. It's so good that it's the only set where I have started a complete doubles set.

2.) 1954 Topps: Cool design with a lot going on: a head shot / pose and an action shot in the various card-colored backgrounds, a logo of the team, with a signature as well. The backs in cream and green with a comic strip are beautiful. If I had to pick the #1 card back - this set wins.

3.) 1948-49 Leaf - for all of the reasons others stated plus short-prints are extremely hard to find, and the cards look like an art deco design that Andy Warhol might have designed (he didn't). Check out Honus Wagner who supposedly didn't want his T206 card helping sell tobacco, but in this card he is "grabbing a dip" to put in his mouth. Also, there's a Babe Ruth, printed in the year after his death (the cards are really from 1949).

4.) 1953 Bowman Color - just simple, relatively short with only 160 cards, but best photography of any set in the era. Look at the Pee Wee Reese #33 with Rizzuto sliding under him, the Berra #121 in the dugout...the pictures capture the era in a beautiful way. Check out also the multi-player cards of Yankee greats - #44 with Berra and Mantle, #93 with Rizzuto and Martin.

5.) 1963 Topps - great to look at in a binder. Crisp pictures, great card design, interesting colors on the borders, tough high-number series.

Close runners up: 1956 Topps, 1972 Topps.

Least favorite card sets of this era:
1968 Topps - what is that wicker/thatch design?
1967 Topps - similarly simple design to the 1953 Bowman, but in this case for me it falls flat.

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