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1962 Topps Civil War News Trading Cards

1962 Topps Civil War News Trading Cards

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1962 Topps Civil War News takes a bloody and, many would argue, sensationalized look at one of the defining events in American history. The set remains one of the most collected trading card sets of all-time, commanding continued attention on the secondary market.

The 88-card set features highly detailed artwork. It was a collaborative effort that had contributions from several artists, most notably of which was Norman Saunders. The images hold back very little, portraying lots of blood and gore. Controversial even today, it took a similar tone to the equally popular 1938 Gum Inc. Horrors of War release.

1962 Topps Civil War News card fronts are dominated by the detailed painting. A caption is in a white rectangular box at the bottom of the card. Backs are designed like a newspaper, telling the story of the Civil War (or at least one take on it) with detailed write-ups.

Packs also come with a replica piece of Confederate money. There are 17 different bills with denominations ranging from $1 to $1,000. These bills were folded in half to fit inside packs. Therefore they shouldn't be considered damaged for a crease down the middle.

The combination of compelling subject matter, memorable tone and classic artwork have helped make 1962 Topps Civil War News one of the most popular trading card sets ever. Today, singles still move briskly as collectors look to build their sets. Unmarked checklists are particularly rare and command a significant premium over other cards in the set.

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Set Checklist

1962 Topps Civil War News Checklist

Base Set Checklist

88 cards.

1 The Angry Man
2 President Jeff Davis
3 The War Starts
4 Rebel Power
5 Exploding Fury
6 Pulled to Safety
7 Death at Sea
8 Destructive Blow
9 Savages Attack
10 Destruction at Sea
11 Attack
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 Massacre
28 The Cannon Roars
29 Bridge of Doom
30 Charging the Bullets
31 Terror of the Sea
32 Death Struggle
33 Fight for Survival
34 Wall of Corpses
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
44 Shot to Death
45 The 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
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
80 City in Flames
81 Deadly Defense
82 Destroying the Rails
83 The Looters
84 Deadly Arrows
85 Attacked from Behind
86 Dynamite Victim
87 The War Ends
88 Checklist
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Confederate Currency Set Checklist

17 bills. Inserted one per pack. Because they were folded, creases through the middle are normal.

$1 Bill Type One
$1 Bill Type Two
$2 Bill Type One
$2 Bill Type Two
$5 Bill Type One
$5 Bill Type Two
$5 Bill Type Three
$10 Bill Type One
$10 Bill Type Two

$20 Bill - Type One
$20 Bill Type Two
$20 Bill Type Three
$50 Bill Type One
$50 Bill Type Two
$100 Bill Type One
$500 Bill Type One
$1000 Bill Type One
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Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff.   His collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection.

User Reviews

Bazooka Joe
Bazooka Joe

Hello, I don’t have any Civil War cards but I have a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle card that looks really good but I don’t want it since it has one corner slightly dinged. I would take some Civil War cards in trade. Please leave name and number…Thanks

Sean lynch
Sean lynch

Hi I have just cleared out my loft and come across quite a few of these civil war cards,they do not look in a bad condition. Would any one like to buy them ,they need to go to someone who would appreciate them. There were are a lot of football cards from the seventies as well.anyone interested drop us a line thanks.

Paul Tramontano
Paul Tramontano

I have just completed my Civil War News set of 88 cards plus the checklist . Purchased all but 3 cards during the issue era . Very good condition …been mounted in 2 card binders for over 40 years I believe . Only slightly marked card is the checklist with 3 minor pencil marks on it. Seriously looking for at least $700.00 .

Mike Lyons
Mike Lyons

I am looking to buy and/or trade for a complete set of 1962 tops civil war cards and the older H. Ellis tobacco card set also featuring the civil war. I have some, several older and desirable baseball cards, and I hope someone out there can help. My cell phone is 8594473093. I look forward to any contacts concerning this.??

Bob W
Bob W

I am interested in purchasing individual Topps 1962 Civil War News cards.


Hi. Are you wanting to sell your French set?


Hi, I’m french and I have french edition of these cards…


iv got nearly all the set were can i see them


I am looking to purchase some civil war news cards as a gift for someone. Can anyone tell me where I can purchase these at a reasonable price nothing to trade or sell. Thanks

Ryan Cracknell
Ryan Cracknell

Sharon eBay is probably your best bet. You might be able to find a lot that has several off-condition cards at a reasonable price.

Jose Enrique
Jose Enrique

I have extras #12,13,14,17,19,24,26,,31,36,37,40,41,47,49,52,56,62,63,66,67,68,69,77,78,82,83,86.

Trade for #1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8..


I have thousands of cards from american civil war,2 batman sets, world war 2,outer limits,Battle cards,man from uncle,tarzan,the Monkeys.Brooke Bond picture card sets of famous people,flags,wild life,flowers,transport,birds,butterflys,trees.I would like to sell them all and would like to know the best way to go about it.I live in the UK.

Paul T.
Paul T.

Sorry no extras but do you have an extra #4 I could buy? Thanks


I just rediscovered my previously complete set of Topps Civil War cards that I personally collected when I was a boy. They were in storage and condition ranges from poor to decent. Does anyone want to swap their extras for my extras? I need numbers 3, 21, 31, 33, 36,42, 52, 53, 57, 70, 75, 78, 85, 86, any condition. I have extra 10, 12, 13, 14, 16, 22, 24, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 37, 38, 39, 44, 47, 48, 51, 58, 59, 61, 63, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 72, 74, 76, 77, 81, 83, 84, 88.

I have a spare #55 if you still need it.

Gary Cleal
Gary Cleal


I am trying to complete my set of Topps Civil War cards and am finding it difficult now that I am down to eighteen cards. It is too expensive to buy lots and only get a couple of cards that I need. Do you have any ungraded cards in decent condition for a lesser price? I need numbers 11, 12, 13, 14, 20, 21, 26, 33, 34, 35, 37, 38, 42, 44, 47, 55, 57 and 69.

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