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Abraham Lincoln on Topps Baseball Cards

Baseball cards aren't just for kids anymore, nor are the subjects related only to baseball. Topps, Upper Deck, and many other sport card manufacturers have created presidential cards. Here are some cards that honor Abraham Lincoln from Topps.

Look 'N' See (1952)
Scoop (1954)
US Presidents (1956)
Civil War News (1962)
Who Am I? (1967)
US Presidents (1972)
American Pie (2002) - Mt. Rushmore (#79)
American Treasures (2003)
Presidential Pastime (2004)
World Champions (2006)
Campaign (2008)
First Couples (2008)
Heritage (2009)
Heritage: Hero's Journey (2009)
Heritage: Hero's Journey Stamp Collection (2009)
Abe Lincoln Variants (2010)
Magic Historical Coins (2012)
 


Topps Civil War News: Council of War - Abraham Lincoln (1962)

The 1962 Topps Civil War News series includes Abraham Lincoln strategizing with General Ulysses S. Grant in a card titled "Council of War" (card number 79). In September, 2009, a PSA 9 card was listed for $49.99; in 2016, a PSA 9 sold at eBay auction for $112.50, with the second-highest bidder casting a bid for $110. In 2009, a PSA 8 was listed for $34.99 by two different sellers. You can pick up a non-graded excellent card for less than $10.

1962 Topps Council of War Abraham Lincoln Ulysses S. Grant

1962 Civil War News Checklist

There are 88 cards in the Topps 1962 Civil War News series. It's not a collection for the faint of heart because it graphically depicts the horrors of war. A set of all 88 from a recent Cello pack opening sold on eBay on September 22, 2009, for $750.

1962 Topps Civil War Checklist 1-46    1962 Civil War Checklist 47-88

  Card Number Card
  1

The Angry Man (John Brown)

  2

President Jeff Davis

  3

The War Starts

  4

Rebel Power (what the card says)
Confederate Power (what the checklist says)

  5

Exploding Fury

  6

Pulled to Safety

  7

Death at Sea

  8

Destructive Blow (Merrimac v. The Congress)

  9

Savages Attack

  10

Destruction at Sea (Monitor v. Merrimac)

  11

Attack

This ungraded Attack card (number 11) sold on eBay on September 26, 2009, for $19.01.

1962 Topps Civil War News Attack 11

  Card Number Card
  12

Bloody Combat

  13

Dying Effort

  14

Fight to the Finish

  15

Nature's Fury

  16

Direct Hit

  17

The Flaming Raft

  18

Death to the Enemy

  19

Pushed to His Doom

  20

Death Fall

  21

Painful Death

  22

Wave of Death

  23

Crushed by Wheels

  24

After the Battle

  25

Hanging the Spy

  26

Messenger of Death

  27

Bloody Massacre

  28

The Cannon Roars

  29

Bridge of Doom

  30

Charging the Bullets

  31

Terror of the Sea (Alabama v. Commerce)

  32

Death Struggle

  33

Fight for Survival

  34

Wall of Corpses

This PSA 9 Wall of Corpses card (number 34) sold on eBay on September 29, 2009, for $161.59. Seller uncommons has many PSA cards listed.

1962 Civil War News 34 Wall of Corpses PSA 9

  Card Number Card
  35

Gasping for Air

  36

Midnight Raid

  37

Death Barges In

  38

General Grant

  39

General Lee

  40

Bullets of Death

  41

Protecting His Family

  42

The Battle Continues

  43

Costly Mistake (death of General Stonewall Jackson)

  44

Shot to Death

  45

Riverboat Explodes

  46

Vicious Attack

  47

Death Battle

  48

Smashing the Enemy

  49

The Explosion

  50

Stolen Secrets

  51

Horse Thieves

  52

Friendly Enemies

  53

Train of Doom

  54

A Horseman Falls

  55

The Silent Drum

  56

Burst of Fire

  57

Hand to Hand Combat

  58

Angel of Mercy (Clara Barton)

This PSA 8 Angel of Mercy card (number 58) is currently listed as a Buy It Now for $45.00 by eBay seller triplessinc (as of October 4, 2009).

1962 Topps Civil War News 11 Angel of Mercy PSA 8

  Card Number Card
  59

Submarine Attack

  60

Suicide Charge

  61

The Flaming Forest

  62

The General Dies

  63

Ambushed

  64

Jaws of Death

  65

Flaming Death

  66

Victim of the War

  67

Deadly Duel

  68

The Will to Win

  69

Death in the Water

  70

The Sniper

  71

No Escape

  72

The Cannon's Victim

  73

Through the Swamp

  74

Fighting for Victory

  75

The Family Flees

  76

Blazing Cannon

  77

Trapped

  78

Sudden Attack

  79

Council of War (Abraham Lincoln)
Lincoln and Grant, November 1, 1864

President Lincoln met with the commanding officer in charge of the Northern Army, General Grant, this afternoon. The two men discussed the current campaigns and battle plans for the future. Lincoln hopes that the fighting will end soon and that the weary soldiers on both sides will be able to rejoin their families. Military maps were studied by both men and Grant revealed some of the Union's strategic moves to the president. Discussing future plans, General Grant was optimistic that the war would end within the year. He believed that the North's military strength was just nearing its peak and gave as evidence the recent shattering victories over the Confederate Army. Lincoln expressed his great confidence in Grant's decisions.

  80

City in Flames

  81

Deadly Defense

  82

Destroying the Rails

  83

The Looters

  84

Deadly Arrows

  85

Attacked from Behind

  86

Dynamite Victims

  87

The War Ends

  88

Checklist

 

The set was also made in 1965, by A&BC of England. The cards in that set are smaller than the Topps cards.

Likewise, there is a French version of the set, with cards the size of the English cards. A complete 88 card French set sold on eBay on September 16, 2009, for $547.92. There was also a Spanish set printed in Spain in 1968; many of the bloodier, grizzyly images were redrawn in this set.

1962 Topps Civil War Abraham Lincoln Council of War French

To see the full scans of the French set, visit Bob Heffner's Civil War News French page. He's got some nice scans of the Spanish set also.

Scroll down for more pictures including Wax Pack after these listings.

 

 


Civil War News Format

The 1962 Civil War News series shows an illustration on the front of the card, accompanied by a "headline" and a "date line." For example, card 47 carries a "Death Battle" headline and a date line of "Seminary Ridge, PA--July 3, 1863."

1962 Topps Civil War News 47

To see the front images of all the Civil War News cards, visit Bob Heffner's Civil War News text page.

The back of the card uses a newspaper layout and displays a news story about some aspect of the Civil War.

1962 Topps Civil War News 47

To see the full text of all the stories on the backs of the Civil War News cards, visit Bob Heffner's Civil War News text page.

1962 Topps Civil War News Friendlly Enemies 1962 Topps Civil War News Battle Continues

Civil War News Packaging

Here is an unopened wax pack and an unopened cello pack. Notice that the back of the cello pack shows an example of the facsimile Confederate currency that was included as an extra. Note that "Civil War" was the official set name, but collectors appended "News" to the name because of the name of the newspaper masthead used on the back of the cards.

1962 Topps Civil War News wax pack

1962 Topps Civil War News cello pack 1962 Topps Civil War News cello pack

This unopened cello pack, graded 9.5 by GAI, sold on eBay on September 23, 2009, for $255.01. Shanony, the seller, noted that the centering on the face card was well centered, as was the card on the back. The listing was viewed 87 times and had 10 bidders competing for it.

1962 Civil War News unopened cello pack

 

This outstanding 1962 Topps Civil War News rack pack sold on eBay in October, 2009, for $699 (only one bid received in the auction). It was sold by robodojo, who often has some great pieces to sell!

1962 Topps Civil War News rack pack

In December 2009, upsalaallamerican sold a 1962 Civil War rack pack in similar condition on eBay for $654. The auction started for $169 and got nine bids from eight different bidders. It came out of a rack pack box the seller once owned. He opened all of them except this one. At over $600, he may have wished he'd left a few more unopened!

1962 Topps Civil War News wrapper

You can see a Civil War News box at the bubblegum-cards site.

 

1962 Civil War News baseball cards

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