|1958 Topps 418 WS Batting Foes (Mantle, Aaron) 1972 Topps #226 '71 WS Gm 4 (Clemente)
The World Series Page!
On this page, we present a tribute to the World Series in both cards and photos. The World Series goes back 100 years and more and has presented some memorable moments. Topps Chewing
Gum, Inc. was the primary producer of bubble gum picture cards beginning in 1952 and were innovators in coming up with new ideas for the kids. One such gimmick were "World Series" cards.
Beginning in 1960, Topps began producing a World Series "subset" in their regular set of cards. So in 1960 you had a World Series highlight cards of the previous year's World Series (1959
Dodgers vs. White Sox). Many future Hall of Fame players and memorable moments were included on some of these cards. We feature them below. Enjoy!
1958 Topps #418 World Series Batting Foes (Mantle, Aaron)
Let's start with this one: 1958 Topps #418 World Series Batting Foes Mickey Mantle - Hank Aaron (above). Prior to the subset of World Series cards that Topps created in
1960, they did produce a few cards with a World Series theme. For instance this card depicts the great Mickey Mantle and Hank Aaron sometime prior to one of the 1957 World Series
games (won by the Braves). Note the World Series banners hanging from Yankee Stadium. What a terrific card this is!
1959 Topps #464 Baseball Thrills Mays' Catch Makes Series History (Willie Mays) (Back view)
The 1959 Topps set featured a subset of cards called "Baseball Thrills." These cards featured some historic moments during the decade of the 1950's. Some of these were World Series highlights with the likes of Hank
Aaron (1959 Topps #467 Aaron Clubs World Series Homer), Mickey Mantle (1959 Topps #461 Mantle Hits 42nd Homer For Crown; actually depicts Mantle hitting a World Series HR) and this terrific Willie Mays card
(1959 Topps #464 Mays' Catch Makes History, above) which depicts Mays' incredible catch in the 1954 World Series. These cards are much more affordable than the regular Topps cards. For instance the above
Baseball Thrills card with Mays lists for $35 in ungraded NM condition, while the regular Topps #50 Willie Mays lists for $150.
This catch is considered one of the greatest catches of all-time, especially considering it was during a World Series. You can probably catch a clip of it on Youtube. I'll try and post a link soon. The New York Giants went
on to sweep the Cleveland Indians in 4 straight games in the '54 Fall Classic.
1961 Topps #312 1960 World Series Game 7 Mazeroski's Homer Wins It! (Bill Mazeroski)
This is an example of one of the Topps World Series subset cards. This 1961 Topps #312 Mazeroski's Homer Wins It! card depicts the famous Home Run that Bill Mazeroski hit to
win the 1960 World Series against a heavily favored New York Yankees team. This was the first time a walk off home run decided the Champions; it wasn't to happen again until the 1993
World Series when Joe Carter belted a Mitch "Wild Thing" Williams fastball over the left field fence to give the Toronto Blue Jays the World Championship over the Philadelphia Phillies. Will it
happen again? You bet. This card lists for $25 in ungraded NM condition. It is a very popular card, especially in the Pittsburgh area!
1972 Topps #226 1971 World Series Gm 4 (Roberto Clemente)
One of the unsung heroes of the 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates World Championship team was the great Roberto Clemente. Clemente batted .310 in that Series with 9 base hits, but Maz got
all the glory. Clemente was to get his due in the 1971 World Series. Against a tough Baltimore Orioles team featuring Hall of Famers Brooks & Frank Robinson, Jim Palmer, and stars like
Boog Powell and Dave McNally, the Pirates won the 1971 World Series. The MVP of the Series was #21 Roberto Clemente. Clemente showcased his fabulous skills in that World Series,
batting .414 with 12 hits (2 doubles, triple, 2 HRs), 3 runs scored, and 4 runs batted in. He dazzled in the field and on the bases and whenever someone mentions the 1971 World Series
the name Roberto Clemente always comes up. One of the all-time best players and all-time human beings.
| 1964 Topps #136 1963 World Series Game 1 Koufax Strikes Out 15 (Sandy Koufax) 1964 Topps #139 '63 World Series Gm 4 Sealing Yanks' Doom (Frank Howard)
Old rivals Dodgers and Yankees faced off in the 1963 World Series. The Yankees had dominated the former Brooklyn Dodgers but in the 1960's things were different. The Los Angeles Dodgers still had some
players from Brooklyn including Manager Walter Alston, Don Drysdale, Jim "Junior" Gilliam, and Sandy Koufax. But the difference was really the pitching. Koufax really blossomed in L.A. becoming the games'
best pitcher. Along with Don Drysdale, they became the best 1-2 punch in any pitching rotation. Can you pick a better duo? I can't. Back to the '63 Series: The Dodgers swept the Yankees in 4 games. Mind you
the Yankees had Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, Elston Howard and young pitching ace Jim Bouton. But it was the year of the Dodgers. Koufax dominated Game 1 at Yankee Stadium with
15 strikeouts (then a record; later bested by Bob Gibson in 1968 with 17 Ks). Game 2 was won by the pitching of Johnny Podres (also a former Brooklyn Dodger) and a HR by former Yankee (now Dodger) Bill
"Moose" Skowron. Game 3 was a 1-0 pitching duel with Don Drysdale vs. Jim Bouton with Bouton giving up just 1 run in the 1st inning and Drysale going all the way with a shutout. Game 4, giant Frank Howard
("Hondo") belted a Whitey Ford offering into the 2nd deck at Dodger Stadium and the Dodgers swept the Yanks in 4 games. The 1964 Topps #136 Koufax Strikes Out 15 World Series card lists for $30 in
ungraded NM, the "Sealing Yanks' Doom" Frank Howard card lists for $7. You can probably get them cheaper on eBay.
1971 O-Pee-Chee #331 '70 World Series Gm 5 B Robinson Commits
Robbery! (Brooks Robinson)
This page is currently under construction; check back soon as I will be adding more cards and photos shortly! For more information and statistics
from the World Series, check out this invaluable online resource: http://www.baseball-reference.com/postseason/
"The Human Vacuum Cleaner," Brooks Robinson, stole the show in the 1970 World Series. His clutch hitting (.429, 9 hits w/ 2 doubles, 2 HRs, 6 RBIs & 5 runs scored) and remarkable fielding (& throwing)
exhibition robbed several Reds players and helped the Baltimore Orioles win the Series 4 games to 1. The picture on this 1971 O-Pee-Chee (Canadian Topps) #332 1970 World Series Gm 5 "B. Robinson
Commits Robbery!" card looks like it was taken from the stands but shows Brooks holding up his glove after spearing a wicked line drive off the bat of Johnny Bench (if I'm not mistaken). He had gone horizontal to
spear the smash by Bench. Graig Nettles of the New York Yankees had a similar World Series with the glove in the 1977 or '78 World Series (it was a long time ago). But when they talk about 3rd base you think
Brooks Robinson and 16 Gold Glove Awards (MLB record). The "Master and Commander." This card is very affordable; you can pick one up for a few dollars (either O Pee Chee or Topps).
| 1962 Topps #234 '62 World Series Gm 3 Maris Wins It In The 9th (Back view)
|Want an affordable Roger Maris bubble gum card from his playing days? Try this 1962 Topps #234 '61 World Series Gm 3 Maris Wins It In The 9th card which shows Maris in action. You can pick one
of these up for around $10-$20 in pretty nice shape. Roger Maris was featured on three different World Series cards! He was featured on this card, 1963 Topps #144 Maris Sparks Yankee Rally," and 1969 Topps
#164 "McCarver's HR Puts St. Louis Ahead" (Tim McCarver greeted at home plate by Curt Flood and Roger Maris).
Roger Maris is not a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Many feel that his "numbers" don't just justify him being enshrined in Cooperstown (.260, 275 HRs, 850 RBIs in just 12 seasons) but you have to look at
more than just the numbers. Maris was a team player. He brought more to the table than just home runs. He was a Gold Glove right fielder, and was a head's up base runner. He played hard, he played hurt. And he
made the "mistake" of breaking Babe Ruth's cherished single season HR record with 61 blasts in 1961. Many feel that Maris is still the legitimate record holder, myself included. Maris won back-to-back American
League Most Valuable Player Awards in 1960-1961 and it is no surprise that he appeared in 5 World Series as a member of the New York Yankees and 2 as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals. That's 7 World
Series in 12 years. I don't think statistics tell the whole story. For more on Roger Maris check out our very own ROGER MARIS PAGE!
1974 Topps #473 '73 World Series Gm 2 (Willie Mays)
Willie Mays last regular card is considered 1973 Topps #305, but his last appearance on a Topps bubble gum card is this 1974 Topps #473 '73 World Series Gm 2 card. Talk
about a cheap Willie Mays card, this is it. I saw this example on eBay for $5. Five bucks for a vintage Willie Mays card and his last appearance on a Topps card to boot (Mays retired
after the 1973 World Series). So if you are on a budget, and want a Willie Mays baseball card from his playing days, this might be the card for you!
| 1961 Topps #307 1960 World Series Gm 2 Mantle Slams 2 Homers 1965 Topps #134 '65 World Series Game 3 Mantle's Clutch HR
The great Mickey Mantle was featured on two World Series cards (above): 1961 Topps #307 1960 World Series Gm 2 Mantle Slams 2 Homers and 1965 Topps #134
1964 World Series Gm 3 Mantle's Clutch HR. Being that the cards feature Mantle, these are probably the most expensive World Series cards. In ungraded NM condition you are
going to be shelling out at least $50 each. But that is still much cheaper than buying a regular 1961 (#300) or 1965 (#350) Topps Mickey Mantle card, which will run you something like
$400 each. As mentioned earlier, Mantle did appear on two other cards that were World Series themed (1958 Topps #418 World Series Foes with Hank Aaron and 1959 Topps #461
Mantle Hits 42nd Homer For Crown which actually depicts him belting a World Series HR), but these are not considered typical "World Series" cards. The card with Aaron is considered a
"combination" card (featuring two or more players) and the 1959 card is considered a "highlight" card. It doesn't really matter. Any vintage Mickey Mantle cards are extremely popular even
P.S. Mickey Mantle still holds the World Series record for most career Home Runs with 18!
1968 Topps 152 1967 World Series Gm 2 Yaz Smashes Two Homers (Back view)
Typically, Topps World Series cards would feature game summaries and box scores on the back. This 1968 Topps Carl Yastrzemski World Series card highlights his 2 HR game in
Game 2 of the 1967 World Series. But as this Topps card reminds us, he wasn't the only hero of that game. Boston ace Jim Longborg pitched a 1-hit shutout and was just 1 out from a
World Series No-Hitter! That would have almost matched the Yankees' Don Larsen, who did throw a perfect game vs. the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1956 World Series. While there were no
"World Series" cards in the 1957 Topps set, Topps did produce a highlight card of Don Larsen and his perfect game in it's 1961 set (see below).
1961 Topps 402 Larsen Pitches Perfect Game (Don Larsen)
In 1961 Topps featured not only World Series cards from the previous year, but also a subset of "Highlight" cards which featured great moments in baseball history. Featured were players like Christy Mathewson,
Rogers Hornsby, Babe Ruth, and some more current highlights like Harvey Haddix's 12 perfect innings and this card which featured Don Larsen's perfect game. Don Larsen was no Whitey Ford. He wasn't Sandy
Koufax. He won just 81 ball games while losing 91 in 14 seasons. But he did something no pitcher had done before and something that has not been done since. He pitched a PERFECT GAME in a World Series.
Not just a perfect game, but in a World Series and against a formidable opponent; the Brooklyn Dodgers. The Dodgers had finally beat the Yankees for their first Championship in 1955. The Yankees responded by
beating the Dodgers the following year. The 1956 World Series would feature the New York Yankees versus the Brooklyn Dodgers for the last time (the Dodgers would move to Los Angeles after the 1957 baseball
season). And in that Series, Don Larsen threw the game of his life. You talk about 15 minutes of fame, try throwing a perfect game against the Brooklyn Dodgers at Yankee Stadium in a World Series Game. Your
name will never be forgotten. And that is why everyone remembers Don Larsen. Note the fielder behind Don Larsen on this Topps card. It is Billy "The Kid" Martin, certainly no stranger to World Series play. Also note
the scoreboard and all the ZERO's. This is a great photograph that was made into a great bubble gum card. The above example is graded PSA 9 MINT, which translates to an expensive piece of cardboard, but you
can pick up a nice ungraded NM example of this card for about $20. I highly recommend it!
1970 Topps #1 "World Champions" (New York Mets Team)
Topps produced a World Series subset with their 1970 Topps set, but also did a special card to start off the set. Card number 1 featured the "World Champion" New York Mets team,
which defeated the Baltimore Orioles in the 1969 World Series 4 games to 1. This is not a "World Series" card, but considered a "team" card. The backs of the 1970 team cards featured
all-time team records. Topps would do these "World Champion" cards in the number one slot for the next two consecutive years. Card number 1 of the 1971 set features the (1970) "World
Champions" Baltimore Orioles. Card number 1 of the 1972 baseball set featured the (1971) "World Champions" Pittsburgh Pirates. Another fun way to collect "World Series" (sort of)
cards is to get the team card of the World Series winner. For instance get a 1963 Topps Dodgers team card as they were the World Champions that year. Or 1967 St. Louis Cardinals
team card. You get the picture. What's great about team cards is that with some of them you can actually make out the players. For instance this 1970 Topps #1 World Champions Mets
team card features Manager Gil Hodges, Coach Yogi Berra, Tom Seaver, Nolan Ryan, Ron Swoboda, Jerry Koosman, Tommy Agee and many more from that "Amazin' Mets" team. Most
team cards are very affordable. Below are some 1970 Topps 1969 World Series cards. Enjoy!
| Misc. 1970 Topps '69 World Series cards
CONGRATULATIONS to the 2011 World Champion ST. LOUIS CARDINALS! This was a pretty even World Series but after the amazing comeback in Game 6, the Texas Rangers
sure seemed deflated. Tonight they scored 2 runs in the first inning off Chris Carpenter, then cough up 2 runs to the Cards in the bottom of the 1st. Personally I don't care for either team. I
am ticked at the Rangers for losing to the Giants last year. Then I sort of pull for them and Game 6 happened. Ugh. So I am not rooting for Texas any time soon. And while I don't care for
the Cardinals they sure deserved to win. They played with a lot of heart in Game 6 and took the heart right out of Texas. Not the two best teams I have ever seen, some ugly defense and
some really ugly pitching (especially by the Rangers bullpen). But the Series was good. Hopefully next year we won't see either team (Go Dodgers!)