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1965 Topps Battle Trading Cards

1965 Topps Battle Trading Cards

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1965 Topps Battle is a bloody and often sensational look at World War II. Like a mash-up of 1962 Topps Civil War News and 1938 Gum Inc. Horrors of War, the set is bold, bloody and beautiful.

The 1965 Topps Battle base set has 66 cards. The first 53 are done in a way to show war "scenes." Much like propaganda posters and the Horrors of War cards, the Axis forces are often depicted more like the over-the-top villains shown in old silent movies. The cards take a piece of truth and amplify them with gore and jaw-dropping scenarios. Card fronts are beautifully painted. It's another Topps set that's highlighted by the work of the legendary Norman Saunders, who is perhaps best known for 1962 Topps Mars Attacks.

The final 14 cards include a pair of checklists and cards highlighting the fighting forces of WWII as well as important Allied leaders.

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Card backs come with an illustrated soldier on one side with a lengthy writeup on the other. The background is orange with a white box for the text.

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Every pack of 1965 Topps Battle came with a Cloth Emblem card. The 24-card set is considered tough to find in good condition today. Most haven't held up well over the years due to poor printing and bleeding colors. The emblems show logos from different military divisions.

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Set Checklist

1965 Topps Battle Checklist

Base Set Checklist

66 cards.

1 Fight to the Death
2 Attack on Pearl Harbor
3 Execution at Dawn
4 Grenade of Deat
5 Collision in the Sky
6 Watery Doom
7 Ambushing the General
8 Death of a Frogman
9 Hiding from the Nazis
10 Medic Under Fire
11 Death Rides the Wing
12 Death on the Bridge
13 Death in the Street
14 Stop Those Planes
15 Dog Warrior
16 The Ocean's Victim
17 Attack on Nazi Convoy
18 Jungle Duel
19 Hand to Hand Combat
20 Snipers in the Snow
21 Saved in Time
22 Stockade Attack
23 Suicide Dive
24 Trapped!
25 Stopped by Grenades
27 Train of Death
28 Caught While Escaping
29 Smashing Thru the Guards
30 Cossack Charge
31 Battlefront Transfusion
32 Confession by Force
33 Nazi Terror
34 Saving His Buddies
35 Terror From the Sky
36 Helpless Paratrooper
37 Jungle Execution
39 Death Blow
40 The Flaming Sea
41 Hospital Raiders
42 Fiery Death
43 Disaster in the Street
44 The Torture Chamber
45 Trainyard Bombing
46 Assassin in the Sky
47 Battle on the Beach
48 Exploding Grenade
49 Death Struggle
50 Bomb Victims
51 Tangled on a Tree
52 Flames of Death
53 Beautiful Spy
54 The U.S. Navy
55 The U.S. Commandos
56 The U.S. Marines
57 U.S. Paratroopers
58 The Japanese Soldier
59 The Nazi Soldier
60 Charles DeGaulle
61 Winston Churchill
62 General Douglas MacArthur
63 President Franklin Roosevelt
64 General Dwight Eisenhower
65 U.S. Military Cloth Emblem Checklist
66 Battle Checklist
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Cloth Emblem Checklist

24 cards.

1 7th Army
2 Army Air Forces
3 HQ. European Theater
4 2D Division
5 17th Airborne Division
6 59th Division
7 63D Division
8 10th Mountain Division
9 11th Airborne Division
10 77th Division
11 187th Airborne Reg. Team
12 4th Air Force
13 Alaska Air Command
14 Aviation Cadet
15 Air Material Command
16 99th Infantry Battalion
17 442D Regimental Combat Team
18 101st Division
19 Armored Force
20 U.S. Wing Marking
21 73D Air Base
22 31st Bombardment
23 3D Observation
24 VF-2
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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

Robert Walker
Robert Walker

Hi, I live in the UK. When I was a kid I collected “Battle Cards” and have a full collection. However, I notice that cards No. 54 and 62 (US navy and Gen. MacArthur), have been substituted by a British paratrooper and Gen. Montgomery. Did the publishers (Topps), produce a different set of images for the UK market by any chance?

Many thanks.

Brian Foy
Brian Foy

how much?

I have full set to sell

I have a full set of 1960s battle cards to sell

Kenneth Hafeli
Kenneth Hafeli

I have several decals from the Topps Battle Cards. Do they have any value?

Angela Holland-Yousaf
Angela Holland-Yousaf

Hi, I have quite a few of the
1965 Topps Battle rare, complete vintage cards set but with a marked checklist, I’m missing about 14, but have the rest and a ‘Hand to hand Combat’ which I’m not sure where it belongs, I know nothing these cards, they were going to be thrown away into a skip, but I bought them home from my friends house for my son who wasn’t interested in them, they’re in excellent condition. Can you please tell me anything about them and where I can sell them on? Thanks very much Kind Regards

Ryan Cracknell
Ryan Cracknell

Angela Holland-Yousaf Nice find! If you have a card shop or antique store nearby, they may have interest. eBay is probably the best way to get the biggest audience and most possible buyers.

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