Topps has announced a very special retrospective series for November. As its name implies, Topps 75th will celebrate the companies 75 years of producing non-sport and entertainment trading cards, starting with 1948’s Magic Photos through 2013’s Star Wars Galactic Files 2 and beyond.
A future issue of Non-Sport Update magazine will have many more details on the series but we’ve obtained a few early details on how the series is shaping up so far. Here are some bullet points:
- Coinciding with its 75th anniversary, Topps will launch a one-of-a-kind card collection featuring reproductions of 100 of the most memorable cards in the company’s history.
- The subject matter will span the world of pop culture entertainment: from the Beatles to Elvis; from Pokémon to The Simpsons; from Wacky Packages to Garbage Pail Kids… and more!
- Topps has also chronicled major newsworthy events including the Desert Storm war, the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and the landmark presidential election of Barack Obama, which will all be celebrated through the iconic Topps trading card medium.
- Len Brown, Topps’ creative director for forty years and now in retirement, will assist in the selection of images, as well as commentary for the card backs.
- Hobby only
There will be 116 in all to collect: 100 base cards, 8 Mini cards, and 8 Test Issue Cards. The series will have multiple levels of parallel cards: Rainbow Foil (1 per pack), Diamond Anniversary (75 per subject), Glossy Print (10 per subject). And boxes will contain three hits each: Pop Culture Autographs (2 per Box), Stamped original buybacks (1 per Box), Printing Plates (400 total), and Cut Signatures (50 total).
Topps has revealed a few of the early commitments for the autographs: Lou Ferrigno (The Incredible Hulk), Dawn Wells (Mary Ann; Gilligan’s Island), Richard Kiel (Jaws; Moonraker), Marta Kristen (Judy Robinson; Lost In Space) and more to be announced.
Topps also plans a social media push for the series celebrating 75 years by giving away 75 prizes over 75 days via Topps Facebook and Twitter accounts. Prizes include uncut sheets, autographs, and sealed original packs.
This is really shaping up to be a super series! Be sure to stay tuned to NSU and the blog for more information.