The 1954 Topps Baseball Card set was a definite new direction for design. A smaller set than either the 1952 or 1953 issues, this release still boasts a fabulous mix of Hall of Fame players and rookies. This set has appeal to 50s collectors who do not want to worry about a high-priced Mantle card or a large set. For both of these reasons, the interest in the set remains strong. Topps scored a victory that help cement this set in the mind of youngsters by signing Ted Williams to an exclusive contract. The war between Topps and Bowman had heated up and Topps made sure that the 1954 set started with Teddy Ballgame.
Number of Cards
The card count for the 1954 set plummeted all the way down to 250 (only about 60% the size of the 1952 release). The small size is generally attributed to contract signings of players by Bowman and financial difficulties as both Topps and Bowman waged war for baseball card dominance. The smaller size makes this a hotly collected set.
Size of Cards
The cards are still a then standard of 2 5/8 by 3 3/4" very close to the cards of today which are 2 1/2 by 3 1/2".
The cards were issued in 1-cent, 5-cent packs with the ubiquitous bubble gum stick and also were issued in a cello pack. It is unknown exactly how many series this set was issued in. Current collectors generally believe it to be around four. Topps basically ironed out the production and distribution issues that had plagued the previous issues for the 1954 release. There are no scarce short print cards and the high numbers don't command a premium as in previous years.