The 1954 Topps set is best known for one thing: rookies. Featuring key rookie cards of Hank Aaron, Ernie Banks, and Al Kaline, Topps’ third major set packs a ton of punch. Although it is missing the young phenom, Mickey Mantle, it is still stacked with Cooperstown elites: two Ted Williams cards bookend the set, with greats like Jackie Robinson and Willie Mays ranking among the highest valued cards in the set. About the only complaint collectors have is that many of the backs are “upside down,” making it difficult to flip through cards while looking at the numbers. This pesky note aside, the ’54 Topps set is a favorite among collectors.
BurlsSports.com’s Set Break of the Week is a 1954 Topps set of 250 cards that is largely in VG to VG-EX condition, with about 5% GD, and 10% EX+. The key stars in the set break down as follows:#1 Ted Williams SGC 40, #10 Jackie Robinson SGC 50, #90 Willie Mays SGC 30, #94 Ernie Banks SGC 35, #128 Hank Aaron BVG 3, #201 Al Kaline SGC 50, and #250 Ted Williams GD.
Each spot in a vintage group set break is sold at a fixed price. When all spots (ne for each card in the set) are sold, the cards are distributed randomly to the participants. Some will get the key cards for a fraction of their value, while others take home vintage commons for set building or trade bait. In order to ensure transparency, the randomization is broadcast live online for all participants to view.
The price for this break is set at $17.50 per spot. To purchase spots in the break or to find out more, you can access the break page here. A free splot is given away in every break. Stay tuned to Burl’s Sports Facebook page for details.
Burl’s Sports will host a 1952 Topps complete set break (407 cards) in December. Make sure you stay informed via emails by signing up here. The company has is breaking an impressive run of complete vintage sets, including a complete run of Topps sets from 1952-72, Goudey sets from 1933-36, 1939-1941 Play Ball and 1941 Double Play. A list of upcoming breaks is here.