Fabian

Fabian Topps produced the Fabian trading card set in 1959 to capitalize on the popularity of the singer and teen idol. The set contained 55 cards, with no stickers.

The card fronts had color photos of the young star, with a small red block containing the card title in white text, with a little record drawing in the corner as a motif.

Card backs sported a feature called Tell Us Fabian, in which facts about the singer were given in a question-and-answer format (although both questions and answers were almost certainly written by a Topps employee, with approval from Fabian's handlers). (This is similar to the Ask Elvis card backs from the 1956 Topps Elvis card set.) This block of text is surrounded by an orange border, with cartoon heads of Fabian and the kids asking the question.

Despite being 50 years old, this card set is surprisingly inexpensive and easy to find. This is mainly due to the fact that, after poor initial sales at the time of release, cards from this series were dumped into remainder inventory that Topps often sold off in 500-count boxes and generic, you-never-know-what-you're-gonna-get packaging. The wrapper and display box, however (since they could not be resold in this format), are still rather expensive and difficult to find.

This card set has an American Card Catalog reference number: R710-5.