As I was surfing through the various sets in the new SGC Registry, it seemed to me that there were some memorable and forgettable #1 cards (first card in set) created by Topps, Bowman and all the rest.
The #1 card for the 1962 Topps set was Roger Maris. In the previous year, Maris hit 61 home runs which added value and distinction to his '62 Topps card. Today, this #1 card is highly sought after (and tough to find) in quality condition.
If memory serves, the #1 card for the 1966 Topps set is Willie Mays, and is also in high demand.
#28320 - 11/21/0201:10 AMRe: What is the most desireable #1 card?
Old, dense-headed hammers are cool. Best nail pounders.
I've been wondering where you've been the last week.
I'm a bit of a #1 card freak myself.
I think the most famous, desireable, whatever is the '52 Topps Andy Pafko...people seem to lose all sanity when bidding on this card...and definately way too rich for my blood.
My personal favorite is '53 #1, Jackie Robinson. A really nice card.
My collection of #1's includes: '63 NL batting leaders -- really nice card with Musial and Aaron '66 Mays -- classic card '67 "The Champs" -- a team card of the Orioles...nice concept which resurfaces '68 NL batting leaders with Clemente '72 "World Champs" -- the pirates '73 All time HR's -- Aaron, Mays and Ruth! '74 Aaron...I really like this card...and #''s 2-6 '75 Aaron (again!)... '76 Aaron (again) all time RBI's
Hammering Hank sure got some exposure on #1 cards!
#28321 - 11/21/0205:33 AMRe: What is the most desireable #1 card?
Bid more or post more... tough one...
Loc: On The Beach....where else!
I would say the best and most famous #1 card is the Topps 52 Andy Pafko. I went to the antique show in A.C. last year and my uncles who are bigtime antique wind-up toy collectors knew all about that card. And trust me they are not sports or sport card's fans. They talked about that card for a good 30 minutes at while shopping for toys.
Heck they "made" me plunk down a few bills on some Chein roller coaster with the box. Had to have the box.