While the 1962 baseball set has become a classic and there is some argument to be made that its design is actually perfect for the era, there is little debate about its status as one of the cheesiest motifs in Topps’ long history. And, as if to drive home the point that collectors were stuck with the new look, for better or for worse, the 1962s were the largest single baseball card set ever produced at the time of its release.
Life as a Major League baseball player simply doesn’t get much more glamorous than it was for Roger Maris in the spring of 1962. Not only did he break Babe Ruth’s single-season home run record and win his second consecutive AL MVP award as his New York Yankees marched to yet another World Series title the year before, but he was featured in all his sleeveless glory as the #1 card in the audacious 1962 Topps baseball set.
Each of the team sets and league sets contain a total of 17 cards. A checklist of all the players included in the 2016 Topps Baseball Team Sets can be seen below.