DescriptionProject Mercury: Original Artwork for Number Forty-Seven "Glenn Meets the President" Card from Topps' 1963 "Astronauts" Series. A 3.5" x 4.75" flexichrome photo with hand-painted color embellishments of the third American in space, John Glenn, who made a three-orbit flight in Friendship 7 on February 20, 1962. He is shaking hands with President John F. Kennedy who has just presented him with the NASA Service Award shortly after the flight. Glenn's wife is visible in the image as is astronaut Wally Schirra. Topps issued this popular fifty-five trading card set in 1963 at the end of the early Mercury series of space launches. This is the very desirable artwork as it appeals to both space and political collectors. It was JFK who urged America to win the space race by sending a man to the moon by the end of the 1960s. The back is blank. Excellent condition save for some craquelure in the photo's surface.
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