Monday, March 18, 2013

Topps American Heritage Heroes - Page 2

Continuing our progression through the American Heritage Heroes set.

Binder page #2:

The "theme" of the set changes every 10 cards - and with the change in theme there is a corresponding theme in Topps card design.  The first 10 cards are military heroes.  The next batch of 10 are political heroes.


Best photo:  Claiborne Pell
Pell's photo isn't particularly special, but it looks special when surrounded by all the other "old timey" looking cards.  He looks like a scientist but he was actually a politician.  As a college professor, I am quite familiar with Pell Grants - named after him.

Best subject:  Charles Weltner
A southern politician who actually voted in favor of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

Best surprise:  George Mason
Mason was mad that the Constitution didn't focus on individual rights enough.  So mad, in fact, that he didn't sign American's most famous document as a protest of sorts.

Best card back:  Thomas Jefferson
The card refers to Jefferson as an "astute political philosopher and brilliant polymath."  I had never heard the word polymath before so kudos to Topps for teaching both history and language!

Best card:  Abraham Lincoln
Looking at the page objectively, Lincoln is probably the most fitting to be called a "political hero."  Unfortunately, this set is overrun with Lincoln (as you'll see towards the end of the set) but that shouldn't dissuade me from choosing him here.

1 comments:

Nick said...

I've often thought about creating a separate blog to show off my 2009 American Heritage completed sets, both the regular and the Heroes Edition.

While I doubt I'll ever do that, I'll definitely be enjoying these posts of yours!

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