Monday, August 4, 2014

Recent Collection Purchased From 1958: The Topps All-Star Collection

1958 Topps Baseball

At Dean's Cards, we buy hundreds of vintage baseball card collections every year.  These collections range from cards acquired during childhood (that have most likely been sitting in a closet or attic for years), to collectors selling their baseball card sets and cards that have taken years to acquire through shows, card shops, or a websites like

1958 Topps #150 Mickey Mantle
Everyone has their own reasons for selling their vintage cards. One of the reasons could be a collector wanting to sell their duplicate cards.  We've had many cases of customers and clients sending us their dupes in order to maybe focus on another part of their collection, or simply clean out the attic or closet a little bit.  Here's an example of a customer that sent us his extra 1958 Topps Baseball cards for us to purchase.

The "bulk" of the collection

It's no understatement to say that we just bought
box upon box of 1958 Topps cards.
For those who may not be experts, the 1958 Topps Baseball Card Set is easier to build than some other sets released around the same time.  1957 Topps Baseball has an expensive mid-series, that can make the set a bit pricier to complete. 1959 Topps Baseball has a high number series that's slightly more expensive, and also has almost 80 more cards than its 1958 counterpart.  This makes 1958 Topps Baseball an appealing set to build for those new to collecting Topps cards from the 1950s.

This set is also fun to build in the sense that it has so many star cards of those beloved Hall-of-Famer's of the 1950s.  This is due to the Sport Magazine All-Star subset, as well as multi-player cards depicting various players from around the league.  These cards are often themed and have titles such as, "Slugger's Supreme," "Birdie's Young Sluggers," "World Series Batting Foes" and "Rival Fence Busters."

Altogether, we purchased over 3,000 cards from 1958 Topps.  Many of these were duplicates.  We LOVE buying collections like this.  If you aren't familiar with how our "Everyday Discounts" work, click here.  The more cards we have in inventory and the more cards you buy, the more you save!  Nobody else has the selection of 1958 Topps as

An All-Star Celebration

1958 Topps #487 Mickey Mantle AS
was triple printed, making it one of the least expensive
Mickey Mantle cards to purchase from the 1950s.
There was an exceptional amount of All-Star cards included in this collection.  Even though they were part of the all-stars subset, not all of these guys were big-time Hall of Famers.  Herb Score wasn't even an All-Star in 1957.  He actually was hurt for most of the season after being hit in the head by a line drive off the bat of Gil McDougald.  A promising pitching career, for all intensive purposes, was cut short as Score would never return to form after the injury.  Virtually every other player depicted in this subset would go on to have productive careers in the big leagues.

All in all, we bought:

41 - #476 Stan Musial AS
27 - #477 Bill Skowron AS
17 - #478 Johnny Temple AS
24 - #479 Nellie Fox AS
24 - #480 Eddie Mathews AS
22 - #481 Frank Malzone AS
32 - #482 Ernie Banks AS
31 - #483 Luis Aparicio AS
19 - #484 Frank Robinson AS
10 - #485 Ted Williams AS
19 - #486 Willie Mays AS
35 - #487 Mickey Mantle AS
31 - #488 Hank Aaron AS
25 - #489 Jackie Jensen AS
27 - #490 Ed Bailey AS
33 - #491 Sherm Lollar AS
17 - #492 Bob Friend AS
21 - #493 Bob Turley AS
19 - #494 Warren Spahn AS
17 - #495 Herb Score AS

If you're interested in selling your collection to us, please read our seller testimonials. On there you will find dozens upon dozens of satisfied clients. For more information on selling a vintage baseball collection in general, please click here. We look forward to hearing from you!

By Dean Hanley

 Dean Hanley, founder and owner of, is considered one of the foremost experts on the subject of vintage baseball cards, other sports and non-sports cards and has a regular column in the Sports Collectors Digest and publishes articles on his blog.

Dean has also written two books on vintage sports cards: The Bubble Gum Card War: The Great Bowman & Topps Sets from 1948 to 1955 and Before There Was Bubble Gum: Our Favorite Pre-World War I Baseball Cards. Both are available in eBook and paperback form.

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