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Ranking Topps Baseball Card Designs (1960-1969)

by Paul Semendinger


As we wait for the season to begin, I thought it might be fun to look back at some of the old Topps baseball card sets and rank the designs.

Here are the 1950s. Here are the deigns year-by-year:











Now comes the difficult part, ranking the designs. Some thoughts...

1960 - I'm less a fan of the sideays cards and the action shot is over a colored background, not great

1961 - One of my favorites ever. Classic and simple

1962 - A fun idea, the wood and the curling up photo doesn't thrill me

1963 - The idea is great. IN 1983, it worked. Maybe the technology in 1963 needed to develop more.

1964 - A great design

1965 - A great design

1966 - A good try, but I've never loved the diagonal team name

1967 - So similar to 1964 and a great design

1968 - A swing and miss, but I do love this set because it's the year I was born

1969 - Good, not great. I don't love the circle.



  1. 1961

  2. 1965

  3. 1967

  4. 1964

  5. 1969

  6. 1968

  7. 1960

  8. 1966

  9. 1962

  10. 1963

How do you rank these designs?


Mike Whiteman
Feb 10

I really like 1964, and then 1962 and 1961. Not really a bad design in the bunch.


Jeff Korell
Jeff Korell
Feb 09

There were two additional additions to the 1969 baseball cards, which I also collected. There were baseball COINS that year, small metal versions of the Topps baseball cards, also containing the 1969 baseball card look. PLUS, there were these little "bicycle sticker" version of the 1969 baseball cards, which of course, young 6 year old kid that I was that year, I promptly stuck on my bicycle, not realizing the great monetary value they would have one day, if I didn't stick them on anything.


Robert Malchman
Robert Malchman
Feb 09

Little known fact about that 1969 card: Instead of saying, "Watch the birdie," the photographer had Susan Kekich standing on the left just outside the frame. /s


Feb 09

Wow… my 2 favorites are in your bottom 4. Just goes to show that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I adore the uniqueness and character of both the 1960 and 1962 designs. When buying classic cards for my collection, those are usually the 2 years that I seek out most often.

P.S. small typo in the heading paragraph… should read “Here are the 1960’s (not 1950’s).

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