Awesome retro-style Stranger Things trading card set from Topps.
Other than CCGs, I don’t get into collecting cards very much, but this reissue of the 1959 Fleer Three Stooges trading card set is pretty cool. This reissue was part of a successful Kickstarter project.
Paula Block and Terry Erdmann provide commentary for The Star Trek: The Original Topps Trading Card Series book. The Topps trading card set was released in 1976, and consisted of 88 full-color cards featuring images from the television show and 22 sticker inserts. The cards are fairly rare, and even an ungraded set can cost $200+. Graded near mint cards have gone for more than $1,000 at auction, so it’s nice to see the full set offered in book form with commentary.
Sidekick Lab, the makers of Suckpax 3, make this DIY Create Your Own Trading Card Set that retails for $30.
In order to highlight Banned Books Week last September, the Lawrence Public Library in Lawrence, Kansas, solicited submissions from local artists that focused on banned books. It selected seven of those submissions and created this awesome set of Banned Book Trading Cards. The back of each card includes details on the book and instances where it has been banned, as well as information about the artists and their inspiration for the particular image.
The library gave away 450 sets of the trading cards at the library and other affiliated organizations. It also did a second print run and sells sets of the cards for $7 + 2.95 shipping and handling.
MonsterWax makes limited-run trading cards like these excellent Urban Legends / Shock Stories cards. An homage to horror comics of the 1940s and 1950s that led to the creation of the Comics Code Authority, these cards feature some nice artwork on the front with text on the back outlining the urban legend or shocking story.