But for a three year span, from 1954 - 1956, the Topps cards had the same basic design. The card featured a large head shot of the player in the foreground, while an action shot was in the background. The names all had the same font, as did the positions and team names.
If Topps were to repeat major design elements for three consecutive years now, they would be massacred in the blogs and forums.
But not in the '50s. The market for the cards was kids, not adult collectors. And the kids in the '50s didn't seem to care.
The kids didn't seem to care that not only were the designs similar, but many cards used the same pictures, two and even all three years.
I'm a kid of the '60s. I care!
I went through my Cubs cards to see just how many players had repeat pictures.
There are six players that had cards in two or all three sets. Of the six, only one had different pictures...Ernie Banks
Well, he had two different pictures, but the '55 was repeated in '56
Hank Sauer was in all three sets also, and he had the same picture...
....in all three.
Howie Pollet was in '54 and '55..
Paul Minner showed up in '54 and '56.
Jim Davis and Bill Tremel were repeated in...
The repeating stopped in 1957, when Topps when a drastically different route by using actual photographs while shrinking the card size to the now familiar 2½" x 3½" format.