In 1955, to generate increased interest particularly with youngsters, Topps debuted its Doubleheaders set, borrowing from the Mecca Doubleheaders dating to the early days of the 20th century. The set had a modest following but was heavily overshadowed by the regular 1955 Topps issue, which featured a groundbreaking horizontal design that quickly became a fan favorite.
The primary focus of the card is none-other than the great Hank Aaron, who was paired with reliever Ray Herbert. In 1955 Aaron emerged as a genuine star after a modest debut in 1954. In typical Aaron fashion, the future home run king, hit over .314 with 27 home runs, while driving in over 100. Aaron also made his first All-Star appearance in 1955. Aaron played in every All Star game from 1955-1975.
Herbert was a journeyman pitcher who found lightning in a bottle in 1962, when he suddenly went 20-9 for the White Sox. While Herbert was a classic innings-eating bottom of the rotation pitcher, he is best remembered for giving up Carl Yastrzemki’s first career hit.