1955 Topps All-American-Football Set Highlights Testing the Waters Collection

Collection Also Includes Vintage Topps Mickey Mantle, Jackie Robinson, and Joe DiMaggio Baseball Cards
  • December 10, 2021

1955 Topps All-Amercan Football Cards Just Collect

A complete 1955 Topps All-American football set highlights a new collection we purchased at Just Collect today.  While the vintage gridiron is the centerpiece of the collection, there are also MULTIPLE vintage cards of Hall of Fame baseball players included like Mickey Mantle, Jackie Robinson, and Joe DiMaggio! We're proud to have purchased the Testing the Waters Collection.

When a collector named Sam reached out to us on our FREE APPRAISAL section on the Just Collect website, we were happy to review his vintage sports card collection. We offer many ways to review and appraise collections that includes meeting you at a convention (we keep a calendar of events we attend here) or scheduling an appointment to review your collection in-person at our New Jersey office. Sam was not able to travel with his collection so we offered an option we use frequently at Just Collect - he could SHIP his collection.


Sam was a little hesitant on shipping his collection to Just Collect office; there were many valuable cards!  We understood the concerns and came up with a great proposal.  First we offered Sam our FedEx account with 2-day shipping, fully insured, all covered by us.  Then we suggested that he ship just a small batch of cards out for us to review. Sam sent his first batch to us that included a 1954 Topps Hank Aaron rookie card. Sam was very happy with out idea and we made a deal to purchase the Hank Aaron.

Hank Aaron Rookie Card Just Collect

Being more comfortable shipping his collection to us,  He "tested the waters" with Batch 1 and was ready to ship Batch 2 for another potential sale.


Sam's second batch arrived and is highlighted by a complete set of 1955 Topps All-American Football. The 1955 set marked the return to the football market for Topps after a four-year hiatus. Cards are large, colorful, and have stunning eye appeal making it a favorite among collectors. Back in '55 you could find single-card penny packs or wax packs with 9 cards that set you back a whole nickel.  Imagine going back in time to 1955 when you actually purchase something for just a penny. Can you even think of anything here in 2021 that actually sells for one penny? We can't! When this gorgeous football set came out, not only were penny packs a thing but right around this time, Sears published a phone number for kids to call Santa Claus.  One misdial later began the official Santa Tracking that NORAD does for us each year.  This 1955 Topps All-American football set is officially older than our ability to track Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, and it's in great condition.

1955 All American Football Cards Just Collect

Also included in Sam's second batch of cards are multiple vintage Topps baseball cards from legendary players like Mickey Mantle , Jackie Robinson, Joe DiMaggio and many more!

Here are stars from the 1948 Leaf baseball set - Luke Appling, Warren Spahn, Joe DiMaggio, and Bobby Doerr.  Below are Hall of Famers from the 1953 Topps baseball set - Satchel Paige, Mickey Mantle, and Jackie Robinson.

Joe DiMaggio Rookie Card Just Collect

Including in the batch were stacks of common players from the 1952 Topps baseball set , 1953 Topps baseball set, and 1954 Topps baseball set.

1952 Topps Baseball Cards Just Collect

1953 Topps Baseball Just Collect

1954 Topps Baseball Cards Just Collect

Despite being deemed "commons" there is very much still value in vintage cards from the 1950's.  For stacks of commons like Sam's, we group them together and take the average condition to determine the market value.

After evaluating the entire second batch of cards we made Sam a fair offer that he accepted. We then paid Sam how he wanted to be paid! When we agree to purchase your collection, we'll pay you how you'd like to be paid - cash, check, money order, or we'll personally call NORAD for you and find out where Santa is right now if that's your preferred payment 😀

Sam already shipped his third batch of cards in to review.  We can't wait to show you what is on deck!  We JUST took the cards out of the FedEx package - what's in here? Check back right here on the Just Collect blog very soon for Batch #3! 



Your local card shop is never equipped to appraise or purchase vintage collections like Sam's. The retail stores are focused on selling modern products and simply don't have the time or the knowledge to carefully evaluate vintage collections. This is where I'm happy to help you. My name  is John, vintage card specialist and acquisitions manager at Just Collect. If you have a collection you're interested in selling, I'd love to hear from you.  Don't hesitate to reach out to John@JustCollect.com.



Just Collect is always buying vintage sports and non-sports cards from 1879 to 1979 as well as select modern cards. If you have a collection that you are considering selling, contact us today to discuss or get our industry-leading purchase offer. If you have a collection that you want appraised, please contact us and we would be happy to discuss your collection and help you understand the real cash value of your collection in the current marketplace. Check out the Just Collect Buy List


We've run into a wide range of people and collections over the last 25 years. Although Just Collect is known for buying vintage sports cards and especially vintage baseball cards, we are also extremely interested in buying non-sports cards, too!  

Every collection and every collector is different and we treat EVERY collection with the respect and attention that we show for our own collections. We understand that many have put their heart and souls into building their collections. So when you're ready to sell, we understand the feelings that you're going through and will work with you to help you reach a decision that is a WIN/WIN, because if you're not happy, we're not happy.


Whether you have vintage cards or modern wax you want to sell, you can reach out to us any time! 


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