I mean, what are we talking about here? Best design? Strength of the checklist? What about individual sentimentality?
If I were forced to give a quick response, my Pavlovian response would probably be "the 1956 Topps baseball set".
If you've read my blog long enough, you know that I hate scanning cards. It's the worst part of blogging. But I love this set so much, I had to share it with all of you. Here are scans of every card front and back:
My favorite thing about Kellogg's baseball card sets of the 70's and 80's are seeing the flashy and colorful borders popping off of these lenticular oddballs... especially when they're featuring ballplayers like Pete Rose, Nolan Ryan, and Reggie Jackson.
But I feel the plain light blue borders works for this particular set, because it's filled with baseball legends who at the time had already been retired for decades.
Plus the yellow shield and banner that house the player's position and name, along with the facsimile signature across the player's photo compliment the blue borders enough to make the card attractive.
The card backs are packed with information that include the player biography, career highlights, a secondary photo, career totals, and World Series totals.
If that weren't enough... this set has additional meaning to me, because it was distributed the same year I was born. Yup. A Kellogg's lenticular birth year set.
My only complaint is Kellogg's decision to use such a small font size. It's difficult for these aging eyes to read without major squinting.
The $64,000 question is...
Do I think this is the greatest set of all-time?
Well... no. Off the top of my head, I can think of at least ten sets that would rank higher than this set. But for less than $45, it's still offers a lot of bang for your buck.
Okay... it's your turn:
What is the greatest baseball card set ever produced?
If you can't pick one, I totally understand. Feel free to list a few sets you feel are "great".
Happy Wednesday and sayonara!