Stan Musial Baseball Cards

48B-MUSIALStan Musial is one of most overlooked great players in modern baseball history. Playing out of the east coast spotlight, Stan The Man’s greatness was lost in the shadows of Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays.

His accomplishments are undeniable, though. Musial was a 7-time National League Batting Champion, a 3-time National League Most Valuable Player and hit 475 homers (2nd in NL history at the time of his retirement).

Eight times Stan led the league in doubles, 5 times he led in triples and 6 times in hits. Musial held the National League hits record at 3,630 until Pete Rose passed him in  1981. In all, he spent 22 seasons with the Cardinals, leading them to 3 World Series Championships. Musial was also a member of 24 All Star Teams, a record he shares with Willie Mays and Hank Aaron.

Stan Musial is a bit of an anomaly when it comes to baseball cards. Since he broke in during the 1941 season, he just missed out on inclusion the 1941 Play Ball set.  In fact, Musial’s rookie cards don’t appear until 1948, when he he is featured in both the 1948 Bowman  (card #36) and 1948 Leaf series (card #4).

58T-MUSIALMusial would become one of the key faces of Bowman baseball cards through 1953, yet he is conspicuously absent from Topps products until 1958. Stan’s only 1958 Topps card is a Sporting News All Star card and Musial base cards only appear in the Topps sets from 1959 through 1963.

To fill the void between Bowman and Topps, collectors would have to turn their attention to the either the 1954 Red Heart Dog Food issue or the 1955 Rawlings which produced six cards of their popular spokesman.

In all, Musial had less than 75 different cards produced of him during his standout career. This ensures that the demand will always be high for Stan The Man.

If you have any Stan Musial baseball cards (produced between 1947 and 1967) to sell or any items on our baseball buy list, PLEASE CONTACT Mark Rubin at 914-725-2225 or via email at mark@amerlegends.com. A quick phone call is all it takes to get started.