Cannonball

Part of the USA Today Network

Get your NPS Civil War Trading Cards at Gettysburg, and elsewhere!

Wanna trade a Jeremiah Gage for your 9th Massachusetts Battery?
Oh, you haven’t picked up any Civil War trading cards at Gettysburg National Military Park yet?
Gettysburg has eight cards, with photos and stories about Amos Humiston; George Meade, Jeremiah Gage, Robert E. Lee, the 9th Massachusetts Battery, the Soldiers’ National Cemetery, the Gettysburg Address, and the Battle of Gettysburg.
Two dozen national parks, including the Civil War battlefields as well as other parks with Civil War connections, are distributing their own trading cards.

This new National Park Service project is an appeal to younger, newer visitors. The idea of the cards is that Park Rangers give them to young visitors as a reward for attending programs. Any youngsters who mention that they have collected any cards from other national parks get a free commemorative backpack – while supplies last.
The cards are free and collectors can travel to other national parks to collect a complete set. The collectible series commemorates people and places of the Civil War and makes connections to places you can visit today. The trading cards are a Civil War 150th project.
To learn more about the Civil War 150th commemoration in the National Park Service go to: http://www.nps.gov/civilwar150/

Many other National Park Service units across the country are also participating in this promotion, including the Lowell National Historical Park in Massachusetts. For more on their giveaway, click here.
The official NPS Civil War Trading Card Program includes 189 collectible trading cards that can be obtained from 22 different sites across the country.
Time to start checking eBay!

I was a young kid during the 1960s and the 100th Anniversary of the Civil War. Now I am a grandfather of four little boys during the 150th Anniversary. These National Park Service-sponsored trading cards provide a link to the past. Above is a photo of one of the vintage trading cards issued back in the 1960s from Topps, the same company that for years dominated the baseball card industry.
“Civil War News” remains a highly collectible series of cards issued in wax packs by Topps. Known for their colorful (and very graphic!) images by artist Norm Saunders, these cards were one of my prized possessions as a kid, although I still all these years later have never completed my set.
There have been other issues of Civil War-related trading cards over the years, but none has matched the classic Topps set for quality, imagination, quantity (or images of blood).
I commend the National Park Service for its new program instituted earlier this summer, and encourage those Cannonball readers with small children or grandchildren to visit a participating historical park this summer and begin to collect these cards.