What are TCG Baseball Cards?

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TCG baseball cards are Topps baseball cards, with TCG standing for Topps Chewing Gum—the name the company started with when founded back in 1938.

If you look at some of the older, more expensive trading cards around like the back of this 1954 Topps Hank Aaron rookie card, you’ll see “T.C.G.” in small print at the bottom or along the side of the card.

1954 Topps - [Base] #128 - Hank Aaron [PSA 2 GOOD] - Courtesy of COMC.com

You’ll find “T.C.G.” printed on Topps cards up until 1975, which is when they switched to printing out the full name of “Topps Chewing Gum” as you can see here:

1975 Topps - [Base] #638 - Team Checklist - Chicago Cubs Team, Jim Marshall - Courtesy of COMC.com

In 1989, there was a switch to “The Topps Company”—here is an example from 1989 Topps:

1989 Topps - [Base] #699 - Team Leaders - Pittsburgh Pirates - Courtesy of COMC.com

You’ll still see “The Topps Company” to this day, including the most recent release with this example—a Wander Franco Logofractor, one of 2022 Topps Chrome’s best cards.

2022 Topps Chrome Logofractor Edition - [Base] #80.1 - Wander Franco - Courtesy of COMC.com

Now, you’ve probably heard the abbreviation “TCG” thrown around a bit in cards, yet, having nothing to do with Topps or baseball cards specifically. In this case, TCG stands for “trading card game” and is a term used to reference Magic The Gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh, and others.

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Thus, Topps TCG baseball cards can also be used to describe any of the baseball-themed trading card games Topps has rolled out over the years. In fact, Topps first burst on to the scene with their 1951 Red and Blue Back cards, which could be used to simulate the unfolding of a baseball game:

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