OK I love Topps Baseball Cards and thought I would start a thread looking at each year of Topps Baseball cards base set. I will try to post a new card year every couple days or so.
In 1951, Topps produced its first baseball cards in two different sets known today as Red Backs and Blue Backs. Each set contained 52 cards, like a deck of playing cards, and in fact the cards could be used to play a game that would simulate the events of a baseball game. Also like playing cards, the cards had rounded corners and were blank on one side, which was colored either red or blue (hence the names given to these sets). The other side featured the portrait of a player within a baseball diamond in the center, and in opposite corners a picture of a baseball together with the event for that card, such as "fly out" or "single".
These cards were sold with caramel candy instead of gum.
This was a novel idea for it's time but the cards are UGLY!