Tuesday, July 15, 2008

T.C.G. "Wings" Trading Cards: Cold War Tensions AND Hard Gum!


My friend Alex Wald gave me these cards that he had come across some years ago. He thought of me because I'm such a geek about aviation: Military in particular.
I've done a little research and these are part of a set put out by Topps in the
1950's. A total of 200 cards completed the set. Herald Tribune Inc. is credited as a source or sponsor on the back of each card, along with a silouhetted tri-view of a random aircraft from the series to test your "Friend or Foe" reflexes plus a description of the featured craft on the face side of the card. The backs of my cards are marred as some kid decided to paste them to a board around the time that Eisenhowers' prostate started giving him problems. Still the art for these are terrific. There's some vanquished, remote victim shown in each U.S. card, pratically "Beware!...this could be your village". LOL.
Reminds me of model box art from the Czech Repubic (yes, I meant "RePUBIC").
I'll post more as I edit. Maybe those guys at drawn.ca will notice my blog finally (boo-dee-hoo!).


























10 comments:

Anonymous said...

those are BEAUTIFUL! look at the offset printing on those, and the color richness --- YOU BASTARD!

Tony Akins said...

Hmmm, I am a bastard. Few know that I'm a bastard. Some even regard me as a magnificent bastard,... is this a particular wayward Dominican?

Anonymous said...

oh, did i say you are a BASTARD!!! I DID! because you have those cards and i do not, and no, amigo, this is from a norto, mucho norto, pacifico norto...capiche? bastarde!

Tony Akins said...

Ah, Professor H!
I didn't know you spoke Spanish so dastardly!
Indeed, I have the cards! But I am sharing as best I can!

Anonymous said...

I have a near complete set of these cards.I had the complete set but had three of the cards taken and never returned.These cards are in very nice condition......JOHN

LANCE said...

Thank you for these wonderful memories of my childhood. I collected them in the 4th to 6th grades.

Anonymous said...

I just found out that I to have a hand full of these cards is anyone Interested in buying them? Email me at BBELEC171@wild blue.net

Colleen said...

I just found a box of these about 200. very cool

Anonymous said...

I discovered that I have 51 of these cards that I had forgotten that I have. Does any one know if these have any value to them. J.N.

Tony Akins said...

I was given a link,have since misplaced it. But I recall that the full collection is worth about 400 bucks. I may have seen this via a search on eBay.