There are certain periods in time that specifically appeal to me including the American Revolution and World War I. Last year I came across the 2009 Topps American Monuments USS Constitution relic that contained a piece of wood from this iconic ship, which is actually the oldest commissioned warship in the world, and ended up picking up one for a song and a dance.
|USS Constitution Wood relic|
Most of the cards I have come across are from WWII and while interesting I am drawn to the WWI cards. As best as I can tell there are 4 cards connected to WWI: An Engineer uniform, a blanket from the 105th Machine Gun Battery, a WWI soldier’s uniform and a Signal Flag (I have seen red and white versions). I grabbed the two that I was able to find most readily, the Engineer uniform and the blanket from the 105th Machine Gunners. I just got the cards in the mail today and I am in heaven.
|WWI Signal Flag|
I am still hoping to find the WWI Soldier’s uniform relic because I have only seen 1 on eBay so far and it is part of a 3 card lot selling for $45 plus shipping. There is one other card that is of interest to me (along with the Signal Flag), the 76th Infantry Division Medic Uniform. The card is marked as a WWII Medic Uniform (AH-WWII2) but the image on the front of the card is clearly soldiers from the First World War. They are wearing Brodie Helmets and appear to be wearing Trench Boots and canvas leggings plus the ambulance is clearly a WWI vehicle and the satchels that three of the soldiers are wearing over their shoulders are gas mask bags. The 76th Infantry was deployed to France during WWI too. This may be a generic image that was used in error by Topps designers but I still wouldn’t mind getting one of these at a reasonable price just in case.
|WWI Soldier Uniform relic on the far right|