Even though they don’t get as much love as their kid brother (that would be 1952 Topps), 1951 Topps baseball cards are an integral part of baseball history.

In reality, 1951 Topps cards come in five flavors — Teams, Connie Mack‘s All-Stars, Major League All-Stars, Blue Backs, and Red Backs.

Those first three are sufficiently scarce that most collectors will be lucky to ever see even one card in their lifetimes.

So … we’ll focus on the Blue Back and Red Back sets.

1951 Topps Blue Backs Unopened Wax Pack

Each set contains 52 cards and is designed to let you play a baseball game with the players pictured — Billy Goodman is a bunt, Sherman Lollar is a strike, etc.

The sets feature different checklists, so you could have theoretically collected two complete and distinct “decks” of playing cards.

Of the two, the Blue Backs have always been considered to be more scarce, and the PSA Population Report shows about twice as many of the Reds have been submitted for grading.

But there are desirable cards in both sets, so we’re going to Franken-set this list of the most valuable 1951 Topps baseball cards — you’ll find Reds and Blacks mixed in here, ranked based on values for PSA 7 copies pulled from the PSA Sports Market Report Price Guide.

1951 Topps Blue Back Richie Ashburn (#3)

1951 Topps Blue Back Richie Ashburn

Ashburn was as key member of the 1950 Phillies’ Whiz Kids team that streaked all the way to the World Series before running into a dynastic Yankees club.

During that magical season, Put Put hit .303 with an NL-leading 13 triples, and he would go on to cop National League batting titles in both 1955 and 1958.

Ashburn’s lifetime .308 average on the back of 2574 hits was enough for the Veteran’s Committee to vote him into the Hall of Fame in 1995.

On this list, Ashburn leads off with a $150 card in graded NM condition.

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1951 Topps Red Back Yogi Berra (#1)

1951 Topps Red Back Yogi Berra

The year this card was issued, Berra won the first of his three American League MVP awards, with the others coming in 1954 and 1955.

The Red Backs, though more common, have always been appealing to collectors for their superior star power, and Yogi leads the charge among the all-time greats.

He lines up here at about $115 in PSA 7.

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1951 Topps Blue Back Red Schoendienst (#6)

1951 Topps Blue Back Red Schoendienst

Schoendienst was another Veteran’s Committee selection, in 1989, an honor he won on the strenght of 2400+ hits and his role as the starting second baseman for two World Series winners — the 1946 St. Louis Cardinals and the 1957 Milwaukee Braves.

Probably didn’t hurt that he managed the Cards through their glorious run in the mid-to-late 1960s, either (save for the 1964 champs, who were guided by Johnny Keane).

The Blue Schoendienst is a $110 card in PSA 7.

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1951 Topps Blue Back Bobby Doerr (#37)

1951 Topps Blue Back Bobby Doerr

Except for 1945, when he was serving in the military, Doerr parked his slender frame at second base in Fenway Park in 1937, and he didn’t budge until after the 1951 season.

In between, he smacked 223 home runs, batted .288, collected 2000+ hits, and garnered nine All-Star selections.

He also happened to play alongside the great Ted Williams, who also just happened to be an influential part of the Veteran’s Committee in the mid-1980s.

So, for better or worse, Doerr made the VC cut in 1986, and his cards are all the better off for it.

This Blue Back is a $100+ buy in PSA 7.

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1951 Topps Blue Back Enos Slaughter (#30)

1951 Topps Blue Back Enos Slaughter

Slaughter starred in St. Louis through the 1940s — aside for three seasons of military service — before bouncing from the Yankees to the A’s to the Yankees to the Braves to end his career.

During that journey, he won two rings with the Cards and one with the Yanks, and he got the Veteran’s Committee HOF nod in 1985.

Oh, and Country was a key part of the Abbott and Costello classic, “Who’s on First” — you know, because Enos his first name. Get it? Get it?

To get his Blue Back, expect to pay about $85 for a PSA 7 copy.

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1951 Topps Blue Back Johnny Mize (#50)

1951 Topps Blue Back Johnny Mize

It looked for a long while like the Blue Backs would never feature a Hall of Famer at all, but that changed when the VC elected Mize in 1981.

Didn’t seem like that much of a stretch for a man who hit 51 homers in 1947, won four NL home run crowns, and nabbed five straight rings with the Yanks from 1949-53.

The slugger’s 1951 Topps card sells for about $75 in PSA 7 condition.

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1951 Topps Blue Back Eddie Yost (#1)

1951 Topps Blue Back Eddie Yost

Yost is sort of a forgotten man among fans and collectors these days, but it’s hard to stand out when you do your best work for a bad team (the Senators) in a league and at a time when a juggernaut is steamrolling everyone.

That would be the American League and the 1940s and 1950s Yankees, in case you’re wondering.

Yost was a steady force at third for 15 years or so, though, and he benefits from all the condition problems of being a #1 card here.

Expect a $70 price tag for a PSA copy.

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1951 Topps Red Back Bob Feller (#22)

1951 Topps Red Back Bob Feller

Feller, on the other hand, was a superstar about as far back as anyone can remember.

Heck, he was setting strikeout records as a teenager!

By the time this card made its way to collectors, Feller had five 20-win seasons, an Opening Day no-hitter, and a World Series championship under his belt.

He’d win 22 in 1951 — his last 20-win season — and then turn his eyes toward Cooperstown.

Today, his Red Back is a $65 card in PSA 7.

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1951 Topps Red Back Phil Rizzuto (#5)

1951 Topps Red Back Phil Rizzuto

It took awhile for Scooter to join his Yankees teammates in the Hall of Fame, but he finally made the Veteran’s Committee cut in 1994.

The major knock on Rizzuto, of course, was his relatively weak offensive profile — a career line of .273, 38 home runs, 563 RBI, and less than 1600 hits doesn’t really inspire the imagination.

But Rizzuto was as solid as they came at shortstop, and he was a key component of the Yankees’ mid-century dynasty.

His 1951 Topps card sells for about $60 in PSA 7 condition.

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1951 Topps Red Back Duke Snider (#38)

1951 Topps Red Back Duke Snider

Snider pushed Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle for the title of most popular New York player for awhile — remember “Willie, Mickey, or the Duke”?

Of course, Duke fell short of those other gents in terms of career accomplishments, but he was a cog in centerfield for the Brooklyn (and Los Angeles) Dodgers for more than a decade.

A ring in 1955, plus 407 home runs, 2116 hits, and a .295 career average all add up to a HOF plaque and a $60 price tag here.

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