The History of Topps Trading Cards
have been the same with baseball cards since 1951.
But the first cards were made in the 1880's,
years before the American League was founded.
The early cards were
found with cigarettes and was pretty much all
you could find in the early
20th century. In 1933, bubble gum was included
with the cards and was a
heavier type of cardboard. These were popular
into they stopped
producing them by World War II. Topps made its
first series in 1951. It
consisted of two sets of 52 cards each made so
each set could play a game of baseball. The next year was the model for
all Topp's cards including
statistics and color photos of the players. Many
people today use these
cards are used for main sources of information
today. Prices of older
and in good condition cards have increased greatly
in value. The most
valuable Topps card, Mickey Mantle, has been
sold for over $120,000 at an auction.