Friday, February 24, 2023

2020 Historic Autographs POTUS The First 36


Hope everyone is doing well.  I'm doing great with the timing of posts, doing a baseball pack around the Super Bowl and now this around the NBA All-Star Game.  Yes, my plan was to post this on President's Day (and it would have had extra emphasis since it was reported that Jimmy Carter entered hospice care the day before), but life happens.

I heard about this set but never thought I'd get to sample it.  Modern card collecting consists of sports cards at retail and then basically hoping the LCS has it.  I'm not the type to go online looking for packs to buy.  Anyway, when I went to my LCS back in 2021, I grabbed the last 2 packs they had.  I think they charged 4 bucks per pack...yep, kinda pricey. 

8 cards per pack, and you all get to see both packs!  My gift to you all.

#50 - Adams Onis Treaty

There are 110 cards in the base set.  If you assumed that the first 36 cards in the set are reserved for the Presidents, then you are correct!  The rest of the set are reserved for events, accomplishments, and oddities that occurred during each President's term.

Pack 1 starts with the Adams Onis Treaty.  It was signed in 1819, and in the Treaty, Spain ceded Florida to the United States.  I have never seen the eagle (?) drawing over the then-new boundary of the U.S.

#59 - Annexation of Texas
#73 - Purchase of Alaska

Two more examples of American expansion.

The cardstock and size is like any standard baseball card.  The company that produced the set has been around for a while, but I never heard of it.

#20 - James Garfield
#110 - Almost Shot by Secret Service

I finally get a President, and here's the last card of the set, matching up to the last President profiled in the release, Lyndon Johnson (the 36th President).

#70 - Patent #6469

If you can't tell from the picture, this is the patent from Abraham Lincoln regarding a system to basically lift boats over rocks in a river.

#25 - William McKinley
#89 - Nobel Peace Prize

We get one more President (smile, William!) and card commemorating the first Nobel Peace Prize given to a Commander-in-Chief, Teddy Roosevelt.

Here are the backs for Pack 1:

The fonts used are a little strange, but it's large enough to read.  They could have put more info about the President on their backs, but not too bad overall.

Ready for Pack 2?

#13 - Millard Fillmore
#42 - Uncivil Presidential Race

Leading off the pack with the 13th President, and a card detailing the race between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.

#97 - Nan Britton
#33 - Harry Truman

Finally got an actual big name President, as well as a card summarizing Warren Harding's love child.  It appears the set covers more than just treaties and accomplishments.

#8 - Martin Van Buren
#39 - Washington's Political Party

Make sure you know the sign to flash if you ever run into the Van Buren Boys!

#78 - First Civil Rights President
#92 - Removal of the White House Stables

The last two cards detail the activities of Presidents Garfield and Taft.

Don't believe me?  Here are the backs of Pack 2:

There are inserts for the set, but I didn't get any.  Fortunately they avoided the Panini route and refrained from making a thousand parallels.  How about a Millard Fillmore Blue Velocity #'ed out of 30!

Anyway, those were the packs.  These are pretty cool; my only issue is the set is too small.  This could easily be a 200+ card set.  I haven't seen a release date for a follow up, but if they do, I hope to pick up a pack or two of that as well.

Have a great weekend, and thanks for reading!


Fuji said...

Glad to read that Jefferson and Adams became tremendous friends after their nasty race. Maybe one day Trump and Clinton will become besties.

John Bateman said...

This is a great looking set. Martin Van Buren looks like the Ghost from Christmas past

Kicky Sam said...

No William McKinley fingernail relic??!?!? :)

Bulldog said...

As soon as I saw Van Buren my mind went to the same thing. Great post and cards. Never seen them but I like history and these are cool. Fun post.