1956 Topps is a sweet victory lap issue. Having just won the bubble-gum war by buying out its chief competition, the ’56 Topps issue showcases beautiful dual-image cards, featuring a portrait and an in-action shot. The artwork jumps off the cards of a design, favorited by many collectors. The set contains some variations, but the basic set consists of 340 cards (excluding checklists). The set boasts of only one rookie card of a Hall of Famer (Luis Aparicio), but it is still headlined by Mickey Mantle (who won the Triple Crown in ’56), Hank Aaron, Roberto Clemente, Willie Mays, and the rest of your main-line Cooperstown members.
BurlsSports.com’s Set Break of the Week is a 1956 Topps set of 340 cards that is largely in VG to EX condition. The grades for the key cards are as follows: #5 Ted Williams VG-EX PSA 4, #30 Jackie Robinson VG-EX PSA 4, #31 Hank Aaron VG SGC 40, #33 Roberto Clemente VG PSA 3, #79 Sandy Koufax VG PSA 3, #130 Willie Mays VG PSA 3, and #135 Mickey Mantle VG PSA 3.
The price for this break is set at $15 per spot. To purchase spots in the break or to find out more, you can access the break page here. A free slot is given away in every break. Stay tuned to Burl’s Sports Facebook page for details.
If you haven’t participated in a group break, each card in the break is sold at a fixed price, but you don’t pick the card beforehand. When all spots 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 c ommons for set building or trade bait. In order to ensure transparency, the randomization is broadcast live online for all participants to view.
Later this year, Burl’s Sports will host a 1952 Topps complete set break (407 cards). 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.