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1964 Topps John F. Kennedy Trading Cards

1964 Topps John F. Kennedy Trading Cards

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To most, John F. Kennedy is one of the most beloved American Presidents to ever reside in the White House. Although shrouded by tragedy, JFK's legacy is one that borders on legendary. Kennedy is one of the few Presidents whose place in pop culture history goes beyond his time in office. Released in the wake his death, 1964 Topps John F. Kennedy trading cards capture the icon on both a professional and personal level.

The 1964 Topps John F. Kennedy set has 77 cards. The design, typical for the era, is very simple. Card fronts have a large black and white photo surrounded by a thin white border. There are no captions. Card backs are horizontal. They are dominated by an illustration of Capital Hill. Surrounded by a starry border, the backs also have a short caption describing the photo on the front.

While many of the 1964 Topps John F. Kennedy cards capture the President in action, what makes it stand out is the personal side it also shows. Many cards show JFK, the family man, hanging out with his wife, Jackie, and young children, Caroline and John Jr. Other cards look at the Kennedy family as well as important political figures of the time. They also feature Kennedy before he moved into the White House, both in the military and as a Senator.

1964 Topps John F. Kennedy trading cards remain relatively inexpensive. Although not scarce, they're not as readily available as many other trading card sets from the era.

Rosan released a similar JFK trading card set a short time before Topps. These cards have nearly an identical design, particularly in regards to the black and white fronts. The copyright info for both sets is different. Topps cards read, "T.C.G." while the Rosan set states, "Rosan." The Rosan set also has three illustrations at the bottom of the card to go with the caption versus Topps' Capitol Hill drawing.

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1964 Topps John F. Kennedy Trading Cards 377 cards.

1 President John F. Kennedy meets Lyndon Johnson
2 President Kennedy, First Lady, two children
3 Senator Kennedy with daughter Caroline
4 West Point Academy
5 President Kennedy speaks to audience
6 President-elect Kennedy and his daughter, Caroline
7 President Kennedy with astronaut Gordon Cooper
8 Congressman Kennedy and wife greet Vice President Nixon
9 Kennedy clan, 1934
10 Navy Lt. Kennedy congratulated by Captain
11 Senator Kennedy and wife Jacqueline
12 Lt. Kennedy relaxes
13 President Kennedy reports to the nation
14 President Kennedy and son
15 President Kennedy and a game of golf
16 President Kennedy gives a State of the Union Address
17 President-elect Kennedy and pastor after mass
18 First Lady greets King Hassan II of Morocco
19 John Jr. enters the family limousine
20 President Kennedy at Mexico City
21 President and Mrs. Kennedy at Base Hospital
22 President Kennedy and First Lady at Bogota, Columbia
23 PResident and Mrs. Kennedy, Glenwood Park Course
24 President Kennedy and the Grand Duchess
25 President and Mrs. Kennedy at the White House
26 President Kennedy to the nation on radio and TV
27 Labor Convention, New York City
28 President Kennedy address on his Civil Rights stand
29 President Kennedy speaks at a Washington news conference
30 President Kennedy speaks about school aid program
31 President Kennedy speaks about Birmingham
32 Debate with Richard Nixon - 1960
33 News Conference
34 Taking a break
35 News conference on Soviet forces
36 Washington press conference
37 Talking to reporters
38 President Kennedy in front of White House
39 Marshall Tito of Yugoslavia
40 Chancellor Adenauer Bonn, West Germany
41 Portrait
42 Attorney General Robert Kennedy
43 President Kennedy and the First Lady
44 President Eisenhower
45 Senator Kennedy speaks to his brothers
46 The First Family
47 Senator Kennedy with nephews
48 The children return from Florida trip
49 Taking oath
50 President Kennedy enjoys a laugh
51 Senator Kennedy on crutches
52 Senator Kennedy returns after an operation
53 Senator and Mrs. Kennedy pose with daughter
54 Hyannis Port, Massachusetts
55 Wife and daughter at Gettysburg, PA
56 President and Mrs. Kennedy on South Lawn
57 Senator Kennedy with family at summer house
58 Senator Kennedy and family at Washington airport
59 Senator and Mrs. Kennedy sailing at Hyannis Port
60 Wedding at Newport, September 12, 1953
61 President and Mrs. Kennedy
62 President Kennedy tosses out the first ball
63 Mrs. Kennedy poses with her son, John Jr.
64 Mrs. Kennedy, John Jr and Caroline
65 President with Carolin and John Jr.
66 Varsity football team
67 President Kennedy and Vice President Johnson under U.S. Seal
68 President and Mrs. Kennedy - Dinner in Paris
69 Speech at Boston College
70 Enjoys an anecdote at the ballpark
71 First Lady and John Jr. watch a military
72 President Kennedy and First Lady relax on a trip
73 Senator and Mrs. Kennedy after their marriage
74 Senator and Mrs. Kennedy in New York during campaign
75 Senator Kennedy and Miss Jacqueline Bouvier
76 President Kennedy on the phone with his daughter
77 President-elect Kennedy and wife after Sunday mass

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.

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Christine Hurley
Christine Hurley

I also have in my possession The Topps 1964 JFK Series (64 out of 77) in great condition.


Were both left & right sides of these cards originally cut to be in the middle on both sides?

I couldn’t help but notice specifically where the border of stars is located on the back of some of the cards, that they just don’t seem to be centered exactly in the middle of the card…

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