While Topps issued several popular baseball stamps series in the early 1960s, the leading bubble gum card producer also tried out a lesser known series titled "Stamp Gum". Known to hobbyists as the "Famous Americans" stamps, this super-tough series is cited as a test issue and based on what is currently available, positions as a real challenge to complete. Considered a non-sport set, the FA stamps do include a few big time sports stars, with baseball legends Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig and boxers John L. Sullivan and James J. Corbett, who all are present and accounted for in the offered 1963 Topps Famous Americans near-set of (77/80).
The first (34) stamps in this set are U.S. Presidents inclusive of Washington through Kennedy and the balance boasts noted military men George Custer, John Pershing, Douglas MacArthur; explorers Daniel Boone and Lewis and Clark; writers Edgar Allen Poe and James Fenimore Cooper; founding father Benjamin Franklin; scientist Albert Einstein; aviator Charles Lindbergh; and many others who shaped our great nation. The (3) absent stamps are #5 James Monroe, #13 Millard Fillmore and #59 Jim Thorpe. As these stamps were issued with factory folds to serve as wrappers for pieces of bubble gum, they technically grade as average (GD), however they present much better in general, with bold colors, clean surfaces and nice gloss.