Starting in 1996, Topps decided they were going to do a reprint set every year. From ’96 through 2000, they did reprints of a specific player. In 2001 they did a “through the years” reprint set. In 2002, they focused on 50 years earlier – ’52 reprints of guys who were in the 1952 World Series.
Info about the set:
Set description: This set reprints certain Dodgers and Yankees, from the 1952 set – because they matched up in the World Series that year. There is a special gold foil World Series logo stamped in the top right corner on the front of the card. Unlike the previous flagship reprint sets, these cards have a gold foil border. The set was inserted across both series.
Set composition: 19 cards, 1:25 (2002 Topps)
Hall of Famers: 6
Roy Campanella, Duke Snider, Johnny Mize, Phil Rizzuto, Jackie Robinson, Yogi Berra
How I put the set together:
- 3 cards from my series 1 and 2 hobby boxes
- 10 cards from Beckett’s Marketplace
- 3 cards from Sportlots
- 3 cards from COMC
Card that completed my set: #52R-10 – Jackie Robinson
This was one of 3 cards I got from COMC in the Black Friday sale last year – purchased in November, showed up in December.
Thoughts on the set: In contrast to the 2001 reprint set, which was just “let’s throw a bunch of reprints together”, I’d rather have reprint sets like this. It has a theme that makes sense. It’s 50 years after the 1952 World Series, that was an iconic card set, let’s do cards of the guys who played in that series. I like the gold border to distinguish it, too.
Best card (my opinion): #52R-4 – Andy Pafko
He’s card #1 in the ’52 Topps set, so his card has a later number here. I was between this and the Duke Snider card, which I really like. I think I went with this just because it was so notable as card #1.
Here’s a scan of the whole set.
Any other tidbits: Pafko has a black back – every other card has a red back. In the original set, the first 80 cards were printed in both colors.
There are 8 Dodgers and 11 Yankees in the set. There aren’t Chrome versions inserted in the regular Topps Flagship sets. However, you can find Chrome and refractor versions in the Topps Chrome product.
Ralph Houk is in this set. He won 2 World Series with the Yankees as skipper Casey Stengel’s replacement in 1961, but he had less than 200 at bats in his major league career. It’s kind of amazing he had a card in the 1952 set – he had 9 at bats in 1952, and 1 AB in the World Series.