Finally building one of my favorite sets or My 1963 Topps Astronauts Needs List

I have always loved the 1963 Topps Astronauts set because it pre-dated the famous Apollo program and so we are strictly dealing with Gemini-era astronauts that sometimes get overlooked in their importance in reaching the moon.

There is a wide range in value for mint cards but most "loved" versions (like my John Glenn "Space Hero" above) can be found for $10 and less if you have patience in searching on eBay. The set is 55 cards in size (plus a set of 3-D glasses that help you see an image on the reverse side of the card) just like the  1962 Mars Attacks series from the previous years. There is a also a reverse side variation that features an add for Popsicles instead of the 3-D image.

1963 Topps Astronaut Needs List

Updated: 3-20-20

Missing either brand

1, 5, 7, 9, 26, 30

1 Picking the Astronaut Team
2 Floating Astronauts [3D and Popsicle]
3 Testing the Chimps [3D and Popsicle]
4 In Orbit [3D]
5 Recovery Training
6 Space Explorers [3D]
7 The Seven Astronauts
8 Takeoff Inspection [3D and Popsicle]
9 Training the Astronaut
10 Astronaut Alan Shepard [3D]
11 The First US Astronaut [Popsicle]
12 Awaiting the Take-Off [3D]
13 Shepard in Space [3D and Popsicle]
14 Picking Up Shepard [Popsicle]
15 Successful Recovery [3D and Popsicle]
16 Carrying the Capsule [3D and Popsicle]
17 Back from Space [3D and Popsicle]
18 Astronaut Virgil Grissom [3D]
19 Reporting New Information [3D and Popsicle]
20 Spacesuit Checkup [3D and Popsicle]
21 Grissom in Space [3D and Popsicle]
22 Putting on a Space Helmet [Popsicle]
23 Putting on His Parachute [3D and Popsicle]
24 Grissom in a Pressure Suit [eBay]
25 Final Checkup
26 Grissom Awaits Countdown
27 Grissom Gets Ready [Popsicle]
28 2nd US Spaceman [3D and Popsicle]
29 Grissom Blasts Off [3D and Popsicle]
30 Grissom in Space
31 Mercury Atlas 4 [two copies of 3D and Popsicle]
32 Astronaut John Glenn [Popsicle]
33 Glenn and the F-106 [Popsicle]
34 Space hero
35 Glenn & Grissom [3D]
36 Taking a Break [Popsicle] [3D at COMC]
37 Rest Day for Glenn [3D and Popsicle]
38 Getting Into the Suit [3D and Popsicle]
39 Checking His Suit [3D and Popsicle]
40 Inside the Test Chamber [3D and Popsicle]
41 Glenn in Training [3D and Popsicle]
42 Posing for Photographers [3D]
43 Studying His Maps [Popsicle] [3D at COMC]
44 Before Glenn's Take-Off [Popsicle]
45 Glenn in Space [Popsicle]
46 1st Man in Orbit [Popsicle]
47 Glenn Meets the President [3D and Popsicle]
48 Our 1st Spacemen [3D]
49 Astronaut Carpenter [3D and Popsicle
50 Carpenter Checks His Suit [Popsicle]
51 Astronaut Donald Slayton [33D and Popsicle]
52 Astronaut Gordon Cooper [3D and Popsicle]
53 Astronaut Walter Schirra  [3D at COMC]
54 Astronauts in Flight Suits
55 Checklist


3-D glasses [five in hand and one at COMC]
Original wrapper


SumoMenkoMan said…
Definitely a great set with a ton of the Mercury astronauts! Wish there were more sets of the US Astronauts out there. Good luck.
Fuji said…
Very cool. I'm excited to check out some singles from this set over on COMC. Maybe I'll find a few cheap ones for my collection.
GCA said…
Want to find a good starter somewhere real bad, but haven't been lucky yet. The one you show is the only one I've got so far.
Scott Crawford said…
Love these. Have been slooooooowly picking them up here and there (back in The Before Times, they'd been showing up 1 or 2 at a time at my local flea market). Best of luck building the set!
Unknown said…
I have an unopened pack of Astronauts pictures with gum 5 cents. 3-D viewer in each pack…where can I find out more about them?