In 1958 Topps must have been feeling pretty good. They had defeated all competition and had the baseball card business all to themselves. Their product was becoming very popular and I bet they were making a lot of money.
A sign that the cards were selling would be the fact that Topps again increased the set size for 1958. There were 494 cards in the set now, which was a huge increase over the 407 cards in 1957.
I don't like the '58 design; to me it is a step backwards from the full color photos on the '57's. Most of the cards featured a tight head shot with a colored background. They almost looked like the painted cards from the mid-Fifties. I also like to figure out at which ballpark a picture was taken, and I can't do that with the '58's.
The Cubs count increased to 29 cards. Included among them was an Ernie Banks All Star card. This was the first time Topps had separate All Star cards.