Non-Sport & Entertainment Trading Card News from Non-Sport Update

David Tennant and Billie Piper to Appear at Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia

Written By: Harris Toser - Mar• 20•15

Doctor Who stars David Tennant and Billie Piper are set to appear at Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia. The show runs Thursday Mar 7 through Sunday May 10. Tennant stared as the Tenth Doctor on Doctor Who from 2005 to 2010. Piper played companion Rose Tyler from 2004 to 2007. Both actors have had prolific careers both before and after Doctor Who. Most recently, fans will recognize Tennant from his two series of Broadchurch and the American version Gracepoint while Piper appeared on Penny Dreadful.

Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia

Tennant will appear Saturday and Sunday (May 9-10) at Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia. Piper will attend Sunday (May 10) only. A dual interactive Q&A panel will be held during the Con. The Philadelphia Wizard appearance marks Tennant’s second Wizard World appearance and Piper’s first.

Piper and Tennant are just two actors in a legion of guests Wizard World show organizers are promising for Philadelphia. Other guests include Ben McKenzie (Gotham), Nathan Fillion (Firefly, Castle), Stephen Amell (Arrow), Hayley Atwell (Agent Carter), Karl Urban (Star Trek, The Lord of the Rings), Danny Trejo (Machete, Machete Kills), Penn Badgley (Gossip Girl, Easy A), Michael Cudlitz (The Walking Dead, Southland), Lacey Chabert (Mean Girls) and more.

Wizard World Philadelphia also boasts a huge artist alley. Some of this year’s guests include Scott Blair, Danielle Gransaull, Greg Horn, J.G. Jones, Ken Kelly, Mark Pingitore, and Mike Zeck.

Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia show hours are Thursday, May 7, 3-8 p.m.; Friday, May 8, 12-7 p.m.; Saturday, May 9, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; and Sunday, May 10, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, be sure to visit the show website.


Renegade Game Studios to Produce Munchkin Trading Cards

Written By: Harris Toser - Mar• 18•15

Munchkin, the trading card game from Steve Jackson Games, is being turned into a traditional trading card series by Renegade Game Studios. It’s a bit confusing so let’s explain. Munchkin is a card game that dates back to 2001. The game is written by Steve Jackson and illustrated by John Kovalic. The game has had numerous expansion and sequels over the years. In fact, just last year, Steve Jackson Games released a 15-card Mars Attacks themed expansion Munchkin Apocalypse Mars Attacks.

Renegade Game Studios

Today’s announcement from Renegade Game Studios (the company formed by former Cryptozoic Entertainment Founder and former COO Scott Gaeta) has the San Diego-based game company turning the game cards into traditional trading cards. The license will also allow the company to produce Munchkin dog tags and “Treasure Packs”. Trading cards are up first and the initial series is expected in the Fall. The series will feature a base set, original sketch cards, stickers, autograph cards, and unique playtest cards that you can use in your Munchkin games at home. Boxes will consist of 24 packs and at least one sketch card or autograph card, on average, will be found in every box. The company plans to announce additional content (other inserts, redemptions, guest artists, and more) over the coming months.

“We are really excited to be working with the folks at Steve Jackson games on this,” says Renegade President Scott Gaeta. “Munchkin has a phenomenal fan following and we’re honored to be a part of its community.”

“I’ve got an email from over three years ago that outlines a Munchkin trading card project,” says Phil Reed, CEO of Steve Jackson Games. “So seeing Renegade Game Studios tackle this project makes me very happy.”


Topps Announces Mars Attacks Sequel

Written By: Harris Toser - Mar• 18•15

Topps has just announced its second all-new Mars Attacks card series (following 2013’s Mars Attacks: Invasion). Mars Attacks: Occupation will arrive in December of 2015. Topps will launch Occupation via a Kickstarter campaign beginning May 5.

“The previous set was a hit with fans, and now feels like the right time to begin crafting a sequel,” says Topps’ Head of Outbound Licensing, Adam Levine. “We also know we have to continue to push boundaries, and offer fans that can live up to Mars Attacks’ pedigree as an icon of pulp science fiction. Utilizing Kickstarter as our development and pre-order platform is a great way for us to deliver the quality our fans desire, and will allow us to reach a more diverse group of fans across the globe–particularly important on projects aimed at more niche audiences like Mars Attacks.”

Mars Attacks: Occupation will be a 72-card set with art by Earl Norem, Bob Larkin, Alex Horley, Greg Staples, Ed Repka, Jason Crosby and others. Inserts include sketch cards, autograph cards, and metal reproductions of the original 1962 cards.

Topps is asking collectors to sign-up for to receive updates via topps.com/MarsAttacks. According to Topps, “Fans who sign up at the link will get exclusive early access to the Kickstarter page in April, where they can communicate with Topps, and become a part of the creative process during the development phase–before it is made available for pre-order in May.”

We’ll have much more about Mars Attacks: Occupation inside the pages of Non-Sport Update and here on the blog. The upcoming Jun/Jul ’15 issue  of Non-Sport Update will include an exclusive interview with Adam Levine and Mars Attacks: Occupation promo card. Looks for that in early May.

Mars Attacks: Occupation


Chronicles of The Three Stooges Series 3 Promo Checklist

Written By: Harris Toser - Mar• 16•15

Wondering what the 10 different Chronicles of The Three Stooges Series 3 promo cards in the current Apr/May ’15 issue of Non-Sport Update look like? We’re here to help! You can see them all below. And for good measure, we’ve thrown in images of the two promos that complete the set of 12. These can be found at the upcoming Chicago Non-Sport Card Show (April 17 & 18 in Carol Stream, IL) and the Philly Non-Sports Card Show (May 2 & 3 in Allentown, PA).

As you can tell from the photos below, Chronicles of The Three Stooges Series 3 has a 3D component and several of the promos are printed in 3D. The card backs tell us there are 36 3D cards to collect as part of the complete series.

Head on over to the current issue page on our main site to purchase a single issue or subscription. Each copy contains one random card inside (from numbers Promo 1 to Promo 10). You’ll also find Non-Sport Update in select Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million stores as well as comic and card shops.

Chronicles of The Three Stooges Promo 1 (RRParks CARDS)

Chronicles of The Three Stooges Promo 1 (RRParks CARDS)

Chronicles of The Three Stooges Promo 2 (RRParks CARDS)

Chronicles of The Three Stooges Promo 2 (RRParks CARDS)

Chronicles of The Three Stooges Promo 3 (RRParks CARDS)

Chronicles of The Three Stooges Promo 3 (RRParks CARDS)

Chronicles of The Three Stooges Promo 4 (RRParks CARDS)

Chronicles of The Three Stooges Promo 4 (RRParks CARDS)

Chronicles of The Three Stooges Promo 5 (RRParks CARDS)

Chronicles of The Three Stooges Promo 5 (RRParks CARDS)

Chronicles of The Three Stooges Promo 6 (RRParks CARDS)

Chronicles of The Three Stooges Promo 6 (RRParks CARDS)

Chronicles of The Three Stooges Promo 7 (RRParks CARDS)

Chronicles of The Three Stooges Promo 7 (RRParks CARDS)

Chronicles of The Three Stooges Promo 8 (RRParks CARDS)

Chronicles of The Three Stooges Promo 8 (RRParks CARDS)

Chronicles of The Three Stooges Promo 9 (RRParks CARDS)

Chronicles of The Three Stooges Promo 9 (RRParks CARDS)

Chronicles of The Three Stooges Promo 10 (RRParks CARDS)

Chronicles of The Three Stooges Promo 10 (RRParks CARDS)Chronicles of The Three Stooges Promo 11 (RRParks CARDS)

Chronicles of The Three Stooges Promo 11 (RRParks CARDS; available at Chicago Non-Sport Card Show)

Chronicles of The Three Stooges Promo 12 (RRParks CARDS)

Chronicles of The Three Stooges Promo 12 (RRParks CARDS; available at Philly Non-Sports Card Show)