The Hit Stars trading card set was released by Topps in 1957. It contained 88 cards and no stickers.
The subject of the set was popular musical acts and actors of the day. Card fronts depicted a large color photo of the subject, with a small colored square giving their name; the square was styled as either a record in a sleeve (for musicians), a reel of film (for movie actors), or a television (for TV personalities). Many of the photos appear to have been publicity stills, distributed for that purpose.
The card backs were printed in a stylized red and blue design, with an informative block of text in the center; to the left was a little cartoon motif, usually a girl listening to the radio or teenagers dancing.
This card set featured a number of top stars who are still household names today; their cards often go for more on the collector market than cards of less-remembered persons. Some of the more popular cards include Elvis Presley, Fats Domino, James Dean, Bob Hope, Jerry Lewis, Elizabeth Taylor, Little Richard, Nat 'King' Cole, and Sammy Davis Jr.
The American Card Catalog number for this set is R710-3.