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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 Pasttime (2004)
Presidential Plates (2009)
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 Look 'N See: Abraham Lincoln (1952)

The 1952 Topps Look 'N See series includes Abraham Lincoln (card number 4). The cards sell on eBay for about $25 (more or less, depending on condition and grade).

1952 Topps Look 'N See Abraham Lincoln baseball card

The back of the card indicates that Abraham Lincoln is number 1 of 9 presidents. By card number, however, Lincoln is the fourth. Other presidents in the series include Franklin D. Roosevelt (1), Woodrow Wilson (2), Thomas Jefferson (3), Harry Truman (5), Theodore Roosevelt (6), US Grant (7), Andrew Jackson (8), and George Washington (9).

1952 Topps Look 'N See Abraham Lincoln

 

Of the 135 cards in the set, these cards in the Topps 1952 Look 'N See series relate to Abraham Lincoln:

  Card Card Number
  Abraham Lincoln: 1 of 9 Presidents

4

  Ulysses S. Grant: 4 of 9 Presidents 7
  Jefferson Davis: 9 of 22 Famous Americans 14
  Gen. Robert E. Lee: 4 of 11 Military Leaders 34

 

 


Topps Scoop: Lincoln Shot (1954)

Topps introduced a card series called Scoop in 1954. The cards featured famous events that were "newsworthy" and used various newspaper mastheads to convey the news story on the back of the card. Len Brown, a writer involved with the Topps Civil War News series, said that the newspapers did not like Topps using these mastheads, so Topps switched to a generic "Civil War News" masthead for the 1962 Civil War series.

Card number 6 in the Topps Scoop series is Lincoln Shot, April 14, 1865. Pictured are Abraham Lincoln, Mary Todd Lincoln, and John Wilkes Booth in the balcony box at Ford's Theater. The back of the card is designed as a newspaper article from the Democrat Chronicle of Rochester. The back also cross-references another card in the series: number 7, Battle of Monitor and Merrimac.

1954 Topps Scoop Lincoln Shot baseball card

1954 Topps Scoop Lincoln Shot

These cards in the 156-card Topps Scoop series relate to Abraham Lincoln:

  Card Card Number
  Lincoln Shot

6

  Battle of Monitor and Merrimac 7
  John Brown's Raid 37
  War with Mexico 78
  Fort Sumter Surrenders 99

 

 


Topps U.S. Presidents (1956, 1972)

The U.S. Presidents set has been issued several times. The first set was issued in 1952 by Bowman. Topps bought Bowman in 1956 and reissued the set. The 1956 Topps U.S. Presidents set used the artwork used on the front of the Bowman cards, but a different design for the back of the cards was created.

This PSA-8 Abraham Lincoln card from the Topps U.S. Presidents set of 1956 sold on eBay (August 2009) for $565. It was number 15858394 on the PSA plate. On September 26, 2009, another PSA-8 1956 Lincoln card (number 14154941 on the PSA plate) sold on eBay for $414.09.

1956 Topps Abraham Lincoln baseball card

The U.S. Presidents set was reissued by Topps in 1972. It included new cards for the presidents who had come to office after the 1956 set was issued (numbers 34-36 for presidents Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon), and new cards for the 1972 presidential candidates (numbers 37-43).

1n 1976, the U.S. Presidents set was reissued once again in honor of the Bicentennial.

 

 


Topps Who Am I? (1967)

In 1967, Topps issued an innovative card series called "Who Am I?" The front of each card featured a famous person who was disguised with a scratch-off coating. (The set only included four baseball players: Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, and Sandy Koufax.) The set was also re-issued without the disguise coating.

In 2008, six test proof cards were sold by Robert Edward Auctions for $3525, originally obtained from the Topps Vault. These cards used existing player cards with over-markings to show the concept for internal use.

An Abraham Lincoln test proof card was listed by eBay seller yankees23457. It sold in September, 2009, for $150. The card has a hand-drawn beard colored in with a pen. It originally came from the Topps Vault, and was accompanied by a Topps Vault certificate of authenticity.

This PSA 7 unscratched Who Am I? Abraham Lincoln card sold on eBay in September, 2009, for $23.

1967 Topps Who Am I Abraham Lincoln PSA 7

This is the un-disguised version of the Abraham Lincoln Who Am I? card.

1967 Topps Who Am I Abraham Lincoln

 

 

These cards in the 44-card Topps Who Am I? series relate to Abraham Lincoln:

  Card Card Number
  Clara Barton 9
  Abraham Lincoln 25
  Ulysses S. Grant 30

 


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