Flashback Product of the Week: 1962 Topps Civil War News

Violent images appearing on collectible cardboard were all the rage back in the 60’s.  It didn’t matter if the pictures were of aliens invading Earth or graphic images of some of the most horrific battles in American history, these sets were popular.  In 1962, Topps released an 88-card set entitled Civil War News which depicted many images from the Civil War.  They were so detailed, parents were up in arms and didn’t want their children seeing so much violence.  Ironically this made the set even more popular because whats more fun than going against something your parents don’t like?  I thought this product would be appropriate since today is Memorial Day.

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  1. Thanks for the 1962 flashback. I remember buying these and my parents had no problems with them. 1962 was part of the Civil War Centennial years (1961-1965) and the war was everywhere those years. The Post Office issued a stamp each year, Marx had a great playset with plastic figures and equipment so you could recreate scenes like this card (and we did), and even the Peanuts comic strip made references to the war.

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