Tuesday, February 5, 2008

JOHN CHUCKMAN'S NON-SPORTS TRADING CARDS - TOPPS RAILS AND SAILS 1955 - 200-CARD COMPLETE SET - FRONTS AND BACKS - MINT CONDITION - SET DESCRIPTION

This is to my mind the most beautiful set of cards ever issued. Not every image has stunning merit - as with other sets, you can see the varying talent of artists working for Topps - but the ones that are special are really special - see, for example, Cards 12, 31, 90, 104, 140, or 149 - and the overall quality is high. The set has two parts, the first 130 cards, my favorites, being about trains, and the second 70 cards being about ships. The backs for each set have an entirely different design, all done with color, an unusual quality for trading cards. The backs also are among the most genuinely informative ever done. I still remember holding some of these cards after buying a pack down at the corner drugstore - not a frequent event for me and my brother: the excitement of opening the wax-paper package; the bright colors inside; and the pleasant smell of bubble gum. (See both sets of Rails and Sails in Chuckman's Non-Sports Trading Cards, Volumes 2 and 3.)


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