The 1959 Topps Baseball set has aged well and remains popular with collectors. What had been a few years of competition-free baseball card releases from Topps came to an end in 1959. The Fleer Gum Company released an exclusive 80-card set dedicated entirely to the immortal Ted Williams. Not only did this keep Ted Williams from appearing in the Topps set, but it also re-awakened the possibility of a serious card competing with Topps for baseball card supremacy. Topps had thought the purchase of Bowman a few years back would help them maintain dominance for years to come, but the surprising upstart set from Fleer would put Topps back on alert.
Number of Cards
The 1959 Topps set boasted a massive 572-card lineup. This would be Topps' biggest issue to date. Lack of competition and an increase in business allowed Topps baseball card sets to grow every year since the Bowman buyout.
Size of Cards
Following the standard introduced by the 1957 Topps set, the 1959 issue was again 2 1/2 x 3 1/2" – the same as modern cards.
The 1959 Topps set was issued in both one cent and five cent wax packs. The cards were again issued in series. This year, Topps broke them down into six series for distribution, but none are particularly scarce and all can be found in near equal numbers.