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Exploring the Collection - 1959 Topps

 I sometimes find it difficult deciding if I like 1959 Topps better than 1958 or vice versa.  The are both two of my favorite base designs.

It is also hard to figure out which is my favorite card from this year but I will give it a try.

I'm sure you are noticing a trend among the variety of players I am nominating for each year.  Spahn is one of the players I am actively pursuing a collection of.  This card gives us the standard 1959 yellow border for the Braves players.  This card is in rough shape but still stands out.

Fathers' Day weekend reminds me of why I decided to collect Al Kaline cards.  My dad grew up outside of Detroit and was a Tigers fan.  He took me to a game in Tiger Stadium in 1980  when we were on a family trip up in Michigan.  This is my only Tigers card from 1958.
Another example of the standard yellow border for Braves cards, this card is from the third player I am actively pursuing cards of.
My lone AL All-Star cards from 1959 is another example of what I have picked up for my Kaline collection this year.
This is one of three Braves NL All-Star cards I have from 1959, along with Del Crandall and Fred Haney.

I like the fact that the NL and AL All-Star designs are different.

Here is one more bonus 1959 Topps:

I got this a box-topper in 2008 Topps Heritage and it pairs nicely with my regular and All-Star cards of Crandall from 1959.

I will contemplate which one of these is my favorite and report back tomorrow.


After much consideration I'm going with the Wes Covington.  I love the NL All-Star design.


  1. I am chasing down on the cheap a 59' Spahn with the "clear 31" for his birth year.

  2. I like '59 better because you can see the background.

  3. 1959 Topps all the way. I think I’d like to pick up that Wes Covington card you’ve got there - those Sporting News “inserts” are really cool.

  4. I don't really have a preference between the 1958 and 1959 Topps base card designs... but I prefer the 1958 Sport Magazine All-Star subset over the 1959 The Sporting News All-Stars.

  5. I'm not actively pursuing 1959 Topps, but I happened to pick up the Larry Doby yesterday morning at a card show. Also, happily enough, a 1965 Warren Spahn.


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