A Wes Westrum 1956 Topps card, #156. Doesn't it bring a tear to your eye? These 1956 cards (there were 340, plus two unnumbered checklists) are so beautiful in person, with the player's face in the foreground and the field of action in the background, that holding one in your hand is absolutely comparable to seeing great art for real versus seeing it in a book or online. (Although a great site for browsing these wonderful cards online is the indispensable Vintage Card Traders.) Long story short, in addition to 1972 Topps, we're going to try and collect all the 1956 Topps New York Giants cards. I think there are fewer than a dozen. If we could buy baseball cards via time travel, we'd find that the 1956 Topps cards could be purchased in either one-card penny packs or six-card nickel packs. The penny and nickel pack wax wrappers both had yellowish backgrounds with the nickel pack showing a single drawn playerand the penny pack showing two drawn players. Please correct us if we're wrong about that. Topps did justice to the card backs
as you can see, providing not only a cartoon but a cartoon epic on each card, along with stats. There are a couple of interesting errors in '56 set; card #31 of Hank Aaron shows Willie Mays sliding into home (see link to dayf below); card #218 of Joe Nuxhall is misspelled Nuxall; and the #251 New York Yankees team card shows Don Larsen misspelled on the front as Larson. And here is dayf's post about his favorite card of all time, which just happens to be one of the abovenamed 1956 Topps. We're babes in the card woods here at the Corners, but we are beginning to understand why Cardboard Junkie refers to this set as "the pinnacle of all baseball carddom." Thank you, Cardboard Junkie, for these wonderful cards, and for sharing your extensive card knowledge with all of us who read your blog every day. In particular your discussions of vintage baseball cards are a large part of the reason we got started in this hobby, and also why we stick with it.