November 18, 2016

Non-Sports Card of the Day: 1953-54 Topps World On Wheels Belly Tank

Initially issued in 1953, this Topps set highlights the history of automobiles over 160 cards. Topps tacked on an additional 20 cards at the end of the checklist to highlight the new cars released in 1954. Today's card is a 3-wheeled hot rod given the name the Belly Tank 3-Wheeler. This one of a kind creation was built by Richard Harp and features a aircraft engine under the hood that can get the card up to 110 mph.


As you can imagine, the final 20 cards ended up being short-printed and incredibly hard to find. Originally this set was just called "Wheels" on the original wrapper packs but has become known as "World on Wheels" over time with collectors as that is the title used on the reverse side of the card.


2 comments:

Billy Kingsley said...

One of my all time favorite sets. Nice to see it in the spotlight.

CaptKirk42 said...

Love this set. Really need to get more than the 4 or 5 I have.