Topps Astronaut Trading Card, "Astronauts in Flight Suits," 1963

Summary

President John F. Kennedy's vision to explore the "new frontier" of space ignited the public's imagination. Pictorial souvenir cards like this helped generate excitement about the latest achievements in the space program. The U.S. astronauts and their accomplishments dominate the card fronts, while the backs show drawings that blend elements of science fiction and fantasy-requiring 3-D glasses to view.

President John F. Kennedy's vision to explore the "new frontier" of space ignited the public's imagination. Pictorial souvenir cards like this helped generate excitement about the latest achievements in the space program. The U.S. astronauts and their accomplishments dominate the card fronts, while the backs show drawings that blend elements of science fiction and fantasy-requiring 3-D glasses to view.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)
Cardboard

Technique

Photomechanical processes

Color

Multicolored

Dimensions

Height: 3.5 in

Width: 2.5 in

Inscriptions

Text on front: 54 / ASTRONAUTS IN FLIGHT SUITS / TOP ROW: Alan B. Shepard, Virgil I./ Grissom, and L. Gordon Cooper; BOTTOM / ROW: Walter M. Schirra, Donald K. Slayton, / John Glenn, M. Scott Carpenter. / Partial text on back: BUILDING A SPACE STATION Text on back of card: Front Photo Courtesy NASA

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