Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Topps Heritage: Transcontinental Railroad

Railroad related cards are one of the newer parts of my collection so I do not have a lot yet, but I am always on the lookout for anything new and interesting to add. In the case of my latest COMC order, I stumbled upon a really neat card from Topps that I just had to have.

This one comes from the 2009 Topps American Heritage set and features an awesome photo of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad at Promontory Summit. As a fan of American railroading, this card seemed perfect for my growing train card collection.

I didn't even know this set existed until I did a search for railroad related cards on COMC. I'm glad I did as this captures a significant event in the history of the United States. Like some of my other train card posts, I thought it would be nice to include a scan of the back.

I've always been fascinated by the Transcontinental Railroad. When I was a kid I loved watching documentaries about it and have always wanted to visit the place where that final spike was driven into the ground. Click here for some more information about the location in Utah. This is near the top of my railroad destination bucket list.


  1. Topps created two cool history based sets back in 2009:

    2009 Topps American Heritage
    2009 Topps Heritage American Heroes

    Both are filled with some pretty cool subjects. I just picked up the latter. My goal is to put both into one binder some day.

    1. That's awesome. I saw some other examples for this set and they would look great all placed together in a binder.

  2. I'm still working on both of the American Heritage sets from 2009 (mostly short prints and inserts now). They are super cool sets, highly recommend them both. It's surprising to me that Topps never did another set in the same vein as those. Maybe they didn't sell as well?