In 1951, Topps produced its first set of 52 baseball cards. These cards were produced to mimic the game of baseball. The cards had baseball actions printed on them like “strike” and “Home Run” labeled near each player. Two friends could get together and play a game of “fantasy” baseball with their favorite Major League Baseball players.

The foundation for “Pack Wars” was laid in 1952 when Topps added player statistics and biographical information to the back of their product. Topps’ intent was to sell bubble gum, but they started a market that would become a $1.2 billion dollar market More >