November 21, 2016

Non-Sports Card of the Day: 1952 Topps Look 'N See Stonewall Jackson

Today's non-sports card comes from the 1952 Topps Look 'N See set which featured 135 cards with original painted artwork. The set had two series of card with the second series being much harder to find. Topps also threw in one athlete with a Babe Ruth card at #15 which has proven to be more budget-friendly alternative for collectors who aren't able to buy a Ruth card from his playing days. 

Stonewall Jackson was of course the South's most successful general during the Civil War and his death following getting accidentally shot by Confederate troops demoralized the entire Southern military. Countless historians have wondered how the Civil War would have ended had he survived and continued his fight. 


The reverse side of the Look 'n See cards features a quiz question of "how did General Jackson get the nickname "Stonewall?"" Under the question it reads "place the red paper over this card and see the answer" and that refers to a red cellophane paper that came in each package to allow the pack ripper to get the answers to the questions. 


The answer to the question is that Jackson was compared to a stone wall by another Confederate General, Bernard Bee, during the First Battle of Manassas and the nickname stuck. 

1 comment:

Kin Kinsley said...

I found a couple of PSA graded cards from this set at an antique mall by my house. Almost picked them up, but decided against.