Monday, May 21, 2007


You’ve probably noticed that I’ve been doing this card countdown of the 30 best cards from the Topps set and today we just moved into the top ten. Will your favorite card make it? Will the most talked about controversial card in trading card history make the cut? Will I throw in a Welcome Back Kotter card? You’ll have to wait and see!

I do want to share a quick memory and some photos relating to the cards.

My brother and I collected pretty much any type of trading card from sports to movies to TV shows. If it was printed on cardboard and it came with a stick of bubble gum, we probably made a point to buy a pack or two.

Series 1 Wax Pack

I made the first discovery at the Minit Mart convenience store, when I saw a box of Star Wars trading cards sitting between some baseball cards and Pop Rocks candy.

I completely ignored the baseball cards and plunged my hand in the box and picked out a stack of Star Wars wax packs. I opened them in the car as my mom drove home. They were the first series with the snazzy blue border.

Series 2 Wax Pack

Series 3 Wax Pack

Series 4 Wax Pack

Series 5 Wax Pack

Besides the exciting scenes on the front of the cards, the backs had puzzle pieces to make a poster and some backs had fun facts to learn about the making of the movie.

One of our favorite things to do with the cards was to build card houses. Yep, that’s right we made card houses out of Star Wars cards! Aw, the memories of Star Wars trading cards. Good times!


Anonymous said...

Sweet, I love seeing the full card back puzzle posters for sets like this.

Mike Middleton said...

So how many times did Pat knock over your card houses?

John Rozum said...

Ah, I can smell the waxpacks and bubblegum now. I'm glad you posted the wrappers. I still have wrappers from each series and a box from the first series, and wished I could have included them in my own countdown, but they are some distance away in storage.

the trading cards were the first way I remember really connecting with the movie on a collecting basis.

Your countdown has been outstanding, and a lot of fun, and I can't wait to see how you bring it to a close now that we're in the final stretch.

Todd Franklin said...

Shawn - I remember taping one together for my wall. I think it was the Tusken Raider one.

Mike - Probably all of 'em!

John - I have a bunch of stuff packed away in storage too and I keep thinking of things I would really like to post, but I don't have quick access to it.

Aw yes the final stretch. Do you think we'll survive? I've really been enjoying your posts too as they've been top notch. You've done some great work without having your collection in front of you.