1962 Topps Civil War News
A century after the Civil War took place, Topps issued their Civil War News card set. Released in 1962, the 88 card set consisted of 87 cards depicting the most well-known battles that took place during the Civil War. The fronts contain color drawings along with the name and date of that battle. The reverse gives a short description of what took place during that specific conflict. When put in order, the cards show an accurate sequence of events as to what took place during the Civil War. The last card in the deck (Card #88) is a checklist card. While kids, specifically little boys, were infatuated with the Civil War trading cards, the cards were met with a great deal of opposition from parents who did not want their children viewing such graphic and violent scenes.
By Dean Hanley