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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Just Commons Part 4: Dead Presidents

I was hoping to post about some of the new stuff that's come out in the US or Japan, but I spent about 10 hours working on a project and I'm feeling pretty sick anyway. I'm hoping it's just allergies, but I might have a fever and I certainly feel like I have at least a cold. I blame my coworker.
 Topps issued a whole bunch of Americana-themed sets starting around the middle of last decade, and focused heavily on presidents in 2008 to coincide with the election.
 One of the multitide of non-baseball inserts in flagship Topps that year was a Historical Campaign Matchups set. Each card features portraits of the winner and loser of one of the presidential elections, and their political affiliation.
 The set has 55 cards, one for each election from 1792-2008. This means some subjects are pictured multiple times, sometimes as losers more than once!
 Being based on the presidential campaigns, there are a couple presidents who don't have cards; they came to office when another president died and didn't run for re-election. On the other hand, some presidents have multiple cards, like FDR.
Interestingly, the 2008 card features only the Democrats (Hilary Clinton/Barack Obama). There was no Republican card issued, apparently.

Right now, I still need 29 cards to finish this set! 1792, 1796, 1800, 1804, 1808, 1812, 1816, 1820, 1844, 1860, 1864, 1896, 1904, 1912, 1932, 1940, 1952, 1956, 1960, 1964, 1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 2000, 2004, 2008

That means I more than tripled my current holdings from this set with this purchase. I still need a few US Constitution (AB, JM, JW, HDR1, HDR2, HDR3) and several Declaration of Independence (AM, BF, FH, GT, GWY, JH, JHA, JHE, JP, JW, LH, LM, MT, OW, PL, SC, TN, TS, WE, WP, WW, WWI) cards from Topps' other Americana sets.


  1. That 1852 card has the wrong "Winfield Scott" on it. It has Winfield Scott Hancock on it. The Winfield Scott that ran against Franklin Pierce was THIS guy.

    1. Interesting. I don't think anyone's noticed that before, or at least haven't mentioned it! I doubt there's a corrected version, given that fact.