My 1956 Topps Baseball set ....... Tracking my progress

mccardguy1mccardguy1 Posts: 1,408 ✭✭✭

I appreciate your indulgence and allowing me to show off the progress of my 1956 Topps baseball set. My family could care less about my collection so posting here at least allows me to "show off" a little bit and after all, isn't that one of the reasons why we are here?

I have been collecting for 45+ years and attempted this set a few times but economic reasons forced me to abandon those attempts but I guess as I have been getting older I feel I may as well just go for it. I am looking for decently centered cards with no creases and nice corners and edges. It is amazing what kind of card quality you can find in mid grades without costing you a huge amount of money and that is indeed what I am looking to do.

I am looking to get the Hall of Famers already graded and the remaining commons and semi stars ungraded but what I have found is that many sell their graded commons at prices that the ungraded cards usually sell for. In this case I will go for graded all the time.

I intend to update this thread as I get more cards in so this thread may go on for awhile. I would love to see others do this for the sets they working on.

Thanks for looking and indulging me.

Name

1 William Harridge
2 Warren Giles
3 Elmer Valo
4 Carlos Paula
5 Ted Williams HOF

6 Ray Boone
7 Ron Negray
8 Walter Alston HOF

9 Ruben Gomez
10 Warren Spahn HOF

11 1955 Chicago Cubs Team Card
12 Andy Carey

13 Roy Face
14 Ken Boyer

15 Ernie Banks HOF

16 Hector Lopez
17 Gene Conley
18 Dick Donovan
19 Chuck Diering
20 Al Kaline HOF

21 Joe Collins

22 Jim Finigan

23 Fred Marsh
24 Dick Groat

25 Ted Kluszewski
26 Grady Hatton
27 Nelson Burbrink
28 Bobby Hofman
29 Jack Harshman
30 Jackie Robinson HOF

31 Hank Aaron HOF

32 Frank House
33 Roberto Clemente HOF

34 Tom Brewer
35 Al Rosen HOF

36 Rudy Minarcin
37 Alex Grammas

38 Bob Kennedy
39 Don Mossi

40 Bob Turley
41 Hank Sauer
42 Sandy Amoros
43 Ray Moore
44 Windy McCall
45 Gus Zernial

46 Gene Freese
47 Art Fowler
48 Jim Hegan
49 Pedro Ramos

50 Dusty Rhodes
51 Ernie Oravetz

52 Bob Grim

53 Arnie Portocarrero

54 Bob Keegan
55 Wally Moon
56 Dale Long
57 Duke Maas

58 Ed Roebuck
59 Jose Santiago
60 Mayo Smith

61 Bill Skowron
62 Hal Smith
63 Roger Craig

64 Luis Arroyo
65 Johnny O'Brien
66 Bob Speake

67 Vic Power
68 Chuck Stobbs

69 Chuck Tanner
70 Jim Rivera
71 Frank Sullivan
72 1955 Philadelphia Phillies Team Card
73 Wayne Terwilliger
74 Jim King

75 Roy Sievers

76 Ray Crone

77 Harvey Haddix
78 Herm Wehmeier

79 Sandy Koufax HOF

80 Gus Triandos
81 Wally Westlake
82 Bill Renna

83 Karl Spooner
84 Babe Birrer
85 1955 Cleveland Indians Team Card
86 Ray Jablonski
87 Dean Stone
88 Johnny Kucks
89 Norm Zauchin
90 1955 Cincinnati RedLegs Team Card
91 Gail Harris
92 Red Wilson
93 George Susce
94 Ron Kline
95 1955 Braves Team Card
96 Bill Tremel
97 Jerry Lynch
98 Camilo Pascual
99 Don Zimmer

100 1955 Baltimore Orioles Team Card
101 Roy Campanella HOF

102 Jim Davis

103 Willy Miranda
104 Bob Lennon
105 Al Smith
106 Joe Astroth
107 Eddie Mathews HOF

108 Laurin Pepper
109 Enos Slaughter HOF

110 Yogi Berra HOF

111 Boston Red Sox Team Card
112 Dee Fondy
113 Phil Rizzuto HOF

114 Jim Owens
115 Jackie Jensen

116 Eddie O'Brien
117 Virgil Trucks
118 Nellie Fox HOF

119 Larry Jackson
120 Richie Ashburn HOF

121 Pittsburgh Pirates Team Card
122 Willard Nixon
123 Roy McMillan
124 Don Kaiser
125 Minnie Minoso
126 Jim Brady
127 Willie Jones
128 Eddie Yost
129 Paul Martin
130 Willie Mays HOF
131 Bob Roselli
132 Bobby Avila
133 Ray Narleski
134 St. Louis Cardinals Team Card
135 Mickey Mantle HOF
136 Johnny Logan
137 Al Silvera
138 Johnny Antonelli
139 Tom Carroll
140 Herb Score

141 Joe Frazier

142 Gene Baker
143 Jimmy Piersall
144 Bob Powell
145 Gil Hodges
146 Washington Nationals Team Card
147 Earl Torgeson
148 Alvin Dark
149 Dixie Howell

150 Duke Snider HOF

151 Spook Jacobs

152 Billy Hoeft
153 Frank Thomas
154 Dave Pope
155 Harvey Kuenn
156 Wes Westrum

157 Dick Brodowski

158 Wally Post
159 Clint Courtney
160 Billy Pierce
161 Joe DeMaestri
162 Gus Bell
163 Gene Woodling
164 Harmon Killebrew HOF

165 Red Schoendienst HOF

166 Brooklyn Dodgers Team Card
167 Harry Dorish
168 Sammy White
169 Tex Nelson
170 Bill Virdon
171 Jim Wilson
172 Frank Torre
173 Johnny Podres
174 Glen Gorbous
175 Del Crandall
176 Alex Kellner
177 Hank Bauer
178 Joe Black
179 Harry Chiti
180 Robin Roberts HOF

181 Billy Martin
182 Paul Minner
183 Stan Lopata
184 Don Bessent
185 Bill Bruton
186 Ron Jackson
187 Early Wynn HOF

188 Chicago White Sox Team Card
189 Ned Garver
190 Carl Furillo
191 Frank Lary
192 Smoky Burgess
193 Vinegar Bend Mizell
194 Monte Irvin HOF

195 George Kell HOF

196 Tom Poholsky

197 Granny Hamner

198 Ed Fitz Gerald
199 Hank Thompson
200 Bob Feller HOF

201 Rip Repulski
202 Jim Hearn
203 Bill Tuttle
204 Red Swanson
205 Whitey Lockman

206 Erv Palica
207 Jim Small
208 Elston Howard
209 Max Surkont
210 Mike Garcia
211 Murry Dickson
212 Johnny Temple
213 Detroit Tigers Team Card
214 Bob Rush
215 Tommy Byrne
216 Jerry Schoonmaker
217 Billy Klaus
218 Joe Nuxhall
219 Lew Burdette
220 Del Ennis
221 Bob Friend
222 Dave Philley
223 Randy Jackson
224 Bud Podbielan
225 Gil McDougald
226 New York Giants Team Card
227 Russ Meyer
228 Mickey Vernon

229 Harry Brecheen

230 Chico Carrasquel

231 Bob Hale

232 Toby Atwell
233 Carl Erskine
234 Pete Runnels
235 Don Newcombe
236 Kansas City Athletics Team Card
237 Jose Valdivielso
238 Walt Dropo
239 Harry Simpson
240 Whitey Ford HOF

241 Don Mueller
242 Hersh Freeman
243 Sherm Lollar
244 Bob Buhl
245 Billy Goodman
246 Tom Gorman
247 Bill Sarni

248 Bob Porterfield
249 Johnny Klippstein
250 Larry Doby HOF
251 New York Yankees Team Card
252 Vern Law
253 Irv Noren
254 George Crowe
255 Bob Lemon HOF

256 Tom Hurd
257 Bobby Thomson

258 Art Ditmar
259 Sam Jones
260 Pee Wee Reese HOF

261 Bobby Shantz
262 Howie Pollet
263 Bob Miller
264 Ramon Monzant
265 Sandy Consuegra

266 Don Ferrarese
267 Bob Nieman

268 Dale Mitchell
269 Jack Meyer
270 Billy Loes
271 Foster Castleman
272 Danny O'Connell
273 Walker Cooper
274 Frank Baumholtz
275 Jim Greengrass
276 George Zuverink
277 Daryl Spencer
278 Chet Nichols
279 Johnny Groth

280 Jim Gilliam

281 Art Houtteman

282 Warren Hacker

283 Hal Smith
284 Ike Delock

285 Eddie Miksis
286 Bill Wight
287 Bobby Adams

288 Bob Cerv
289 Hal Jeffcoat
290 Curt Simmons
291 Frank Kellert
292 Luis Aparicio RC HOF

293 Stu Miller
294 Ernie Johnson
295 Clem Labine
296 Andy Seminick
297 Bob Skinner
298 Johnny Schmitz

299 Charlie Neal

300 Vic Wertz
301 Marv Grissom
302 Eddie Robinson
303 Jim Dyck

304 Frank Malzone
305 Brooks Lawrence
306 Curt Roberts
307 Hoyt Wilhelm HOF

308 Chuck Harmon
309 Don Blasingame
310 Steve Gromek

311 Hal Naragon
312 Andy Pafko
313 Gene Stephens
314 Hobie Landrith
315 Milt Bolling

316 Jerry Coleman
317 Al Aber
318 Fred Hatfield
319 Jack Crimian
320 Joe Adcock
321 Jim Konstanty

322 Karl Olson
323 Willard Schmidt
324 Rocky Bridges
325 Don Liddle

326 Connie Johnson
327 Bob Wiesler
328 Preston Ward
329 Lou Berberet
330 Jim Busby
331 Dick Hall

332 Don Larsen
333 Rube Walker

334 Bob Miller
335 Don Hoak

336 Ellis Kinder
337 Bobby Morgan

338 Jim Delsing

339 Rance Pless
340 Mickey McDermott
n/a Checklist 1/3

I am on a budget and I am not afraid to use it!!

Comments

  • lilmulelilmule Posts: 844 ✭✭✭

    I am looking forward to seeing the progress and of course pictures of your journey. Good luck!!!

    Knotty Hobby Woodworks
    Vintage Rookies
  • doubledragondoubledragon Posts: 972 ✭✭✭

    Beautiful. It's coming along nicely. Please continue to update your progress. I hope you complete the whole set, and don't feel bad, my wife couldn't care less about my collection, except to scold me for adding on to it!😉

  • pab1969pab1969 Posts: 190 ✭✭✭

    Its a great looking set. I wish you luck in your quest. Enjoy the journey!

  • ArmyManArmyMan Posts: 22 ✭✭

    Great set, last set of the "big" sized cards!

  • Stone193Stone193 Posts: 23,407 ✭✭✭✭✭

    My family could care less about my collection

    Hiya Andy

    You're in good company buddy - show away!

    Thanx for sharing - really nice set to do - best of luck.

    Mike



  • brad31brad31 Posts: 708 ✭✭✭

    Thanks for sharing. Really nice cards - that Roberts really looks undergraded.

  • mccardguy1mccardguy1 Posts: 1,408 ✭✭✭
    edited April 27, 2019 5:20PM

    Thanks for the kind words everyone! I love hearing about everyone else's collecting endevours I thought I may as well put this one out there too!

    I am on a budget and I am not afraid to use it!!
  • mccardguy1mccardguy1 Posts: 1,408 ✭✭✭

    @brad31 said:
    Thanks for sharing. Really nice cards - that Roberts really looks undergraded.

    Not long ago, after SGC announced they were going to new holders and flips I sent a small amount of cards to them for grading as they had a very reasonable special. The cards came back and many of them, including the Roberts looked very undergraded to my eye. It seems SGC tightened their standards once again so I do plan on taking about five cards to the National this year and dropping them off at the PSA booth just for giggles. I am not a grading fanatic but if/when it comes time to sell this set (I don't plan on it...I will let me wife do that once I am gone) I will be shorting myself if I don't at least try to let PSA give me a better grade.

    I am on a budget and I am not afraid to use it!!
  • baseballfanbaseballfan Posts: 5,248 ✭✭✭

    great start to the set. I am down to 4 cards

    good luck

    Fred

    collecting RAW topps baseball cards 1952 Highs to 1972. looking for collector grade (somewhere between psa 4-7 condition). let me know what you have, i'll take it, i want to finish sets, i must have something you can use for trade.

    looking for topps 71-72 hi's-69-62-53-54-55-56-57, i have these sets started

  • ElvisPElvisP Posts: 664 ✭✭✭

    Nice partial set. If it were me I would seriously consider taking the cards out of the graded holders and having a very nice raw set since you are not planning on selling anyway. Of course if they were all 7 and 8's you wouldn't want to do it.

  • Good luck with your quest to complete the 56 set. I recently completed the set after about 12 years of collecting. Currently, #70 on the Set Registry.

  • dennis07dennis07 Posts: 1,749 ✭✭✭

    @doubledragon said:
    Beautiful. It's coming along nicely. Please continue to update your progress. I hope you complete the whole set, and don't feel bad, my wife couldn't care less about my collection, except to scold me for adding on to it!😉

    I read in another thread where she got you with an elbow pretty good "in her sleep" recently. You sure she was asleep?
    Just messin' with ya.

    Collecting 1970 Topps baseball
  • doubledragondoubledragon Posts: 972 ✭✭✭

    LOL, yeah, she was asleep. If she was awake, the elbow would have landed a little lower! 😉

  • mccardguy1mccardguy1 Posts: 1,408 ✭✭✭

    @ElvisP said:
    Nice partial set. If it were me I would seriously consider taking the cards out of the graded holders and having a very nice raw set since you are not planning on selling anyway. Of course if they were all 7 and 8's you wouldn't want to do it.

    The intention was to get all of the HOFers graded with the commons and remaining set to be raw but I have seen some picked up some commons that were graded for the price of raw so why not? I have thought about removing them all from slabs but I really havnt decided yet. as of right now I will probably leave them all in slabs but that may change.

    I am on a budget and I am not afraid to use it!!
  • BishtwBishtw Posts: 103 ✭✭

    Great looking cards and project. I just got into collecting cards last year and this is the first set I'm working on. I have basic completed in raw but working on completing the master PSA graded. I have a couple hundred due back from PSA around the 1st of next month and I'm pretty excited. I have quite a very duplicates and triplicate raw and graded if you ever want to do some trading hmu.

    1954 Football Bowman
    1956 Topps
    1957 Topps
    Redskins HOF Rookies
    Redskins Ring of Fame Rookies
    Slinging Sammy Baugh
    Redskins Tickets (Stubs)
    Redskins Matchbooks

  • mccardguy1mccardguy1 Posts: 1,408 ✭✭✭

    I had a few recent pick ups to this set and they were all Hall of Famers. I added the Koufax, Mathews and Ashburn which brings me to a total of 25 Hall of Famers out of 32 in the set. I still have some biggies to go after and it is obviously going to take me some time to be able to afford them but I will eventually make it.

    Thanks for looking!!

    I am on a budget and I am not afraid to use it!!
  • mccardguy1mccardguy1 Posts: 1,408 ✭✭✭

    I think I have spent way too much money lately but my wife said I should do it so I did!!

    I recently added the Clemente and Rizzuto as well as some commons to bring my total number of cards up to 81 and my Hall of Famer count up to 27 out of 32 in this set. I still need the Mantle,Mays, Jackie Robinson, Whitey Ford and Slaughter so a few of those are going to have to wait. I had hoped to be at 100 cards by the end of 2019 so I am pretty sure I will have that plus more.

    Thanks for looking and the encouragement on completing this set.

    I am on a budget and I am not afraid to use it!!
  • doubledragondoubledragon Posts: 972 ✭✭✭
    edited May 22, 2019 6:40PM

    Your wife said you should do it. I can only dream of such a thing. The only thing my wife says I should do, is hand her the remote.😉

  • mccardguy1mccardguy1 Posts: 1,408 ✭✭✭

    @doubledragon said:
    Your wife said you should do it. I can only dream of such a thing. The only thing my wife says I should do, is hand her the remote.😉

    She has a whole craft room filled with crap she has purchased over the years while I never bought anything. She knows she has no leg to stand on if she told me not to go for it! LOL I keep that little nugget in my back pocket for when I really need it.

    I am on a budget and I am not afraid to use it!!
  • doubledragondoubledragon Posts: 972 ✭✭✭

    Leverage. Absolutely brilliant! Nice collection by the way. I hope you get the rest of the cards you need.

  • StingrayStingray Posts: 8,814 ✭✭✭

    Great collection!! My favorite Topps set, the design rules!!

    Kirk

    Collector of Topps Detroit Tigers cards!!

  • mccardguy1mccardguy1 Posts: 1,408 ✭✭✭

    I added the Jackie Robinson and a number of commons. This gives me all of the Hall of Famers with the exception of Mays and Mantle. Its going to be awhile before I get those so I may as well start filling in with the commons.

    Thanks for looking guys!!

    I am on a budget and I am not afraid to use it!!
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