This is one of the “standard” insert sets in 2012 Topps Heritage, though this one has (for the most part) nothing to do with baseball – it honors the 1963 “year in the world”. They do this every year with Heritage.
Info about the set:
Set description: “10 world news moments from 1963.”
The set has a white border with a pennant in the top left saying “News Flashbacks ’63”. The person featured is in the top right, and there is a green circle in the bottom with wording describing the event depicted.
Set composition: 10 cards, 1:12 odds.
Hall of Famers: There aren’t any baseball players in this year’s version, after Jackie Robinson was included in last year’s.
How I put the set together:
4 cards from the 2 hobby boxes I bought
1 card from a retail blister (the ones with 3 packs and 3 black parallels)
1 cards from Sportlots
4 cards from trades
Thoughts on the set: I think they’ve done this each year for Heritage – and I think it’s a good idea. The point of Heritage is to honor a past Topps set – and having an insert set that also shows what happened in the world is great!
The things I’d change – they are the same I said when I finished off last year’s set. First, I’d number the cards in chronological order – they don’t even “number” them this year, they alphabetized them. I hate that.
Also, there are some other things that could have gone in this set – though I think they did a pretty good job with the content. Things Topps could have considered:
- Iron Man debuts in Marvel Comics Tales of Suspense. Marvel also released its first ever X-Men comic.
- The Beatles release their first album Please Please Me
- Lawrence of Arabia wins Oscar for Best Picture
- Buddy Rogers wins the first WWF championship belt after the WWWF splits from NWA
- Medgar Evers is murdered in Jackson, Mississippi by Byron De La Beckwith – who wouldn’t be convicted for another 30 years
- ZIP Codes are introduced in the United States
- The Pro Football Hall of Fame opens its doors in Canton, OH
- I left My Heart in San Francisco by Tony Bennett was song of the Year
Aside from the Beatles, and maybe Iron Man (both of which probably pose rights issues for Topps), I don’t even know if I’d really change anything from what they did include – the above are just ideas. The zip code thing is actually featured as a cartoon on the back of each card.
Card that completed my set: #NF-VT – Valentina Tereshkova
This was one of two cards in a trade from Reader Mike just before I moved to Chicago in early September. I waited to open the package until early October; the month delay is standard for me right now.
Highest book value: #NF-JK, NF-JKE – John F. Kennedy
The 2 cards of the US President carry a little more weight than the rest of the set.
Best card (my opinion): #NF-A – Alcatraz
I love the mystique of Alcatraz – it’s intrigued me ever since Sean Connery did “the Rock” with Nick Cage. I still wish they had continued the show from last year.
As I did last year – I thought it would be fun to take a look at each of these cards and what they represent.
NF-A – RFK order closure of crumbling Alcatraz: Alcatraz, in need of millions of restoration dollars to remain a viable prison, was ordered closed by U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy in 1963. On March 21, the last convicts were removed from “The Rock”, which, for three decades, had housed some of the country’s most notorious offenders.
NF-JK – The end of “Camelot”: America wept as one on the afternoon of November 11, 1963, when President Kennedy was shot and killed during a motorcade in Dallas. With wife Jacqueline by his side in a roofless limo, the popular 46 year-old died soon after being struck by two bullets from the high-powered rifle of Lee Harvey Oswald.
NF-JKE – “Berliner” JFK pledges German freedom: Some 120,000 Germans witnessed a landmark speech by President John F. Kennedy on June 26, 1963. With the words “ich bin ein Berliner” (“I am a Berliner”), Kennedy pledged United States solidarity with the citizens of West Germany, and hailed their nation as a symbol of freedom during the Cold War.
NF-MK – MLK’s “Dream” awakens a nation: From the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. on August 28, 1963, Dr. King delivered some of the most compelling and influential words in U.S. history, when he told the world “I have a dream today.” The 17-minute call for equality among races helped animate the Civil Rights movement.
NF-MKI – MLK’s Letter “The Negro is Your Brother”: A letter written by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in August of 1963 “The Negro is Your Brother” (also known as the “Letter from Birmingham Jail”) implored Americans to wait no longer for an end to discrimination. “This ‘wait'”, he wrote while incarcerated for demonstrating, “has almost always meant ‘never'”.
NF-PP – Conclave convoked: Paul to lead Church: Five years after becoming a cardinal, Giovanni Montini of Italy was chosen to succeed John XXIII in leading the Roman Catholic Church as Pope Paul VI on June 21, 1963. His election during the ’63 conclave was not a surprise, as he Montini was long-seen as a leader in ministering, teaching and administering.
NF-PS – Beloved landmark bites the dust: Considered an architectural masterpiece when it was built 53 years earlier, New York City’s Penn Station was demolished amid considerable protest, beginning in October 1963. The nine-acre station (named for the Pennsylvania Railroad) was leveled, in part, to make room for Madison Square Garden.
NF-UA – Feds vs. Gov as U. of Alabama integrated: On May 16, 1963, a federal district court ordered the U. of Alabama to admit African-American students Vivien Malone and James Hood. Governor George Wallace blocked their admission by standing in the front of the doorway on June 11, but ultimately lost his battle to keep the school a whites-only institution.
NF-UC – Cuba closed to American Travel: After embargoing trade with Cuba in 1961 and ’62 during a nuclear arms crisis, the U.S. went a giant step further on February 8, 1963, when President John F. Kennedy prohibited American citizens from traveling to the island country. JFK also made commercial and financial transactions illegal.
NF-VT – Pioneering Cosmonaut First Woman in Space: Tereshkova, the daughter of a Russian tractor driver, turned her early parachuting experience into a role in her country’s cosmonaut program. On June 16, 1963, she became the first woman in space. Aboard Vostok 6, Valentina orbited Earth 48 times on a 70-hour mission – a journey that made her a Soviet hero.