I'll be honest. As far as I'm concerned Topps finished third when it came to baseball card design in 1954.
It's not that Topps' design is all that bad, it's more about Red Heart and Dan Dee's design being better.
For small issues, Red Heart (dog food) and Dan Dee (potato chips) made some sweet-looking cards.
The other problem for Topps in 1954 is that it was missing more than a few stars in its set including: Stan Musial, Bob Feller, Robin Roberts, Roy Campanella, Pee Wee Reese and arguably the most popular player of all – Mickey Mantle.
I know some of you out there disagree.
Some may think that this is one of Topps' better designs. 1952 is far and away the best and 1957 and 1964 are two of my favorites.
While I can't argue that the effort in 1954 may have been in the top-10 overall for Topps, I just think Red Heart and Dan Dee are better.