Set Type: Primary
Card dimensions: 2⅝” x 3¾”
Additional Information: Set was reprinted in its entirety in the 1991 Topps Archives 1953 set. Topps reused the design first in the 1999 Topps Gallery Heritage insert set and then more notably in its 2002 Topps Heritage offering. The relatively small size of the set, as well as the notable absence of many of the Phillies stars of the time, resulted entirely from Topps’s ongoing legal battles with Bowman, who had secured exclusive baseball card contracts with many Major League players. Topps eventually sold the artwork for the planned Richie Ashburn card, and Bob Lemke, former editor of the Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards, used it to create a mock-up of what the card might have looked like.
14,000 Phillies Commentary: Almost certainly the easiest and least-costly of the early Topps sets for Phillies team collectors to complete. Personally, I am happy with owning the 1991 Topps Archives 1953 reprint of the set, which includes a rather poorly executed “Cards That Never Were” subset that contains cards for Ashburn, Curt Simmons, Robin Roberts and manager Steve O’Neill. However, when the mood struck I have cheaply acquired a couple graded ’53 cards. The Phillies Room has a nice write-up on the set.
|Smoky Burgess (short print)
Willie “Puddinhead” Jones (double print)
Connie Ryan (double print)
Ken Heintzelman (double print)