Slapstick rules and it is back in vogue in a grand way! RRParks CARDS have undertaken a massive project that will represent the most comprehensive look at the Stooges ever. Even though there have been no less than seven card sets based on the antics of The Three Stooges, there’s apparently no shortage of material, nor is there, it appears, a lack of Stooges fanatics.
The first set dates back to 1959 with the most recent set being produced by Breygent back in 2005. Now, RRParks CARDS is about to present a chronological look at The Three Stooges that will be so comprehensive it will take four cards sets to present all of the material. Richard Parks availed himself to fill NSU in on all of his company’s plans for the Stooges sets and his enthusiasm is infectious.
How will the card sets break down?
Each of the four series takes on 50 of the shorts (with the final series covering the last 40 shorts but also featuring films with Curly Joe DeRita). When a collector has all 190 base set cards in order they will have an index system for every single Three Stooges film, beginning to end, with cast, production crew, plot synopsis, release date, running time, etc.
What can we expect from the first series of cards?
Series One’s base set will cover, sequentially, Columbia’s The Three Stooges shorts starting with 1934’s Woman Haters (card #1) and ends with 1940’s No Census, No Feeling (card #50, the 50th Columbia short). Each card’s number corresponds to the film short—all in release order. Series One will be drop ship to Diamond the last week of August.
Can you outline the subsequent series of cards and when they will ship?
Sure, Series Two picks up with Columbia Pictures’ 51st Three Stooges short Cookoo Cavaliers from November 15, 1940 and concludes with the 100th short Hold That Lion from 1947. Again, always in sequential order. Series Two is planned for a Christmas release (and includes some really fun Christmas themed chase cards as well as some ‘stocking stuffer’ redemption super rare cards).
Series Three will come out sometime around May/June and will cover Columbia shorts #101 Brideless Groom and conclude with #150 Rip, Sew And Stitch.
Series Four I’m REALLY excited about because I’m a big fan of collecting monster cards (finished my hi grade Terror Tales a few months back… and nearly done with my Monster Midgees intact panel collection with only a few more ‘hi number’ panels left to go) and Halloween and Series Four figures to be an October 2015 release and C3 (the licensor) is allowing me some real latitude. Plus, the set will conclude the Columbia Pictures’ shorts #151 Bubble Trouble from 1953 up through the final Columbia Pictures’ Three Stooges short #190 Sappy Bull Fighters. The series’ will have cards of a Halloween theme with a Stooges and monster subset, specially commissioned art of a ‘spooky’ nature from ‘my’ talented Netherlands artist, and Halloween seasoned chase cards.
What can we expect in the line of chase cards?
The subsets of all the series’ are sort of ‘fill in the gaps’ cards covering the supporting actors, sideline trivia and genre, and fun ‘footnotes’ and such that are important to the chronicles of The Three Stooges, but which are not numbered in the base cards because the base cards are numbered along the lines of the chronological release of each of the Stooge films.
NOTHING random in the base/core sets—the whole point and ‘anchor’ idea of the series is everything is chronological and in exact order.
We can’t wait for this comprehensive set of cards. We thank Richard Parks for filling in our readers! For more detail on this slapstick-spectacular series, see the New & Noteworthy column in the current Aug/Sep issue of Non-Sport Update.