I liked that Topps snuck a partial Topps Gum ad in the background. To my knowledge they did this with 3 cards in the set. This one from the 1st series, as well Sid Hudson and Willie Miranda; both in the 4th and final series.
I did a little bit of research and found that Topps used 4 or 5 different artists for the set and gave them a black and white 8 x 10 photo of the player and paid them $25 for each painting.
Great looking cards! Probably my favorite Topps design of all-time. Not just because of the fronts, but I also really like the backs of the cards as well.
Check out how much info Topps was able to cram on the back of the card. I did notice that we no longer get the players hair and eye color, but that's okay. I think the facsimile signature on the back works and prefer it on the back as opposed to the front.
At some point I'd like to add the two other cards with the Topps advertisements.
Since I'm sharing a 1953 Topps cards, I'll share my 1953 Topps Page-A-Year from this set.
Maybe I should replace the Don Hoak card with the Clem Labine card.