|# 16 Strapped Down for Takeoff - 1957 Topps Space Cards|
It's 1957. The United States and Soviet Union are beginning the great space race. What would happen in the near future could only be imagined as a fantastic dream. The sky was clearly not the limit any more.
With a majority of the population entranced by the atmosphere of a science fiction novel, the Topps company decided to throw its hat in the ring with their release of 1957 Topps Space Cards and 1957 Topps Target: Moon Cards. The sets each contain 88 cards with identical card fronts and backs.
|# 88 Life on Other Planets - 1957 Topps Space Cards|
The reason for producing two nearly identical sets escapes a lot of collectors. One theory is that the Target: Moon cards were released a year after the Space cards. Regardless, Target: Moon is still recognized as a 1957 Topps release. Target: Moon also holds a marginally higher value when compared to the Space Cards issue.
Another interesting twist with this set is the Popsicle version of Target: Moon. The differences can clearly be seen on the back of the cards; with the Space cards and earlier Target: Moon having blue colored backs and Target: Moon Popsicle cards having pink (some call it salmon colored) backs. The year of issue for the Popsicle backs is rumored to be a good bit after the initial releases of both the 1957 Space Cards and Target: Moon sets.
|The differences between the regular issue and Popsicle version are a bit more evident.|