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1954 Topps Scoop

The 1954 Topps Scoop trading card set is one of the more unique collectible sets as it spans more than 1,000 years of history up to the 1953 baseball season. The set consists of 156 cards measuring 2-1/16” by 2-15/16” and presenting a colorful painting on the front with a caption and date printed in red and black, respectively, with in a white box. Some cards were originally issued with a scratch-off area meant to hide the headline and can therefor be found with and without the original coating. The backs of each appeared as an open newspaper chronicling the event in black-and-white including the headline, date and location at the top. The set delves into the history of disaster with the San Francisco Earthquake (#1), Fire Sweeps Chicago (#2), Rome Burned (#89) and Pompeii Destroyed (#91); war: Battleship Maine Blown Up (#4), Alamo Falls (#8), U.S. Troops Reach France (#21), World War II Begins (#32), Victory in Europe (#57) and Napoleon Loses at Waterloo (##115); achievement: Lindbergh Flies Atlantic (#3), Statue of Liberty Unveiled (#11), Pony Express Starts (#46), Boy Scouts Organized (#123) and Erie Canal Opened (#133); sport: Bob Feller Strikeout King (#27), Dempsey Defeats Willard (#39), Babe Ruth Sets Record (#41), Ederle Swims Channel (#72), Notre Dame’s 4 Horsemen (#110), Jesse Owens Races Horse (#128) and Ben Hogan New Golf King (#129), as well as many more events that shaped the world. 

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