I feel like I understand most merchandising decisions. This one is a little lost on me.
Although these days the realm of collectible Star Wars cards might be more active on your phone or tablet, the movies have been forever linked with the world of trading cards ever since they came out. A new book wants to stoke the flames of your nostalgia for those heady days of card collecting, and we’ve got a look…
Topps and Star Wars have been linked ever since the original film hit theaters—and the trading card series for all the movies, even into today with the success of Star Wars Card Trader, have all been huge hits. Now, a new book is letting you relive the heady days of collecting these classic cards, and io9 has a look…
As part of the merchandising blitz for the original Star Wars, Topps released five series of trading cards tied to the film. Finding a complete set today that doesn’t cost a small fortune is all but impossible, unless you’re happy to settle with this new book featuring detailed scans of every last one.
Would you spend almost $225 for a single digital image of Han Solo from the original Star Wars? For most people, the answer is obviously “No.” But many of us who are using the app Star Wars: Card Trader, from Topps, would kill to have that singular image in our collections. And some people will pay dearly for it.
Ah, trading cards. We all amassed piles of them when we were younger, be it Pokémon, Star Wars, sports or whatever. Now, at least for their Star Wars line, Topps are bringing the cards back... as part of a digital app that is literally nothing other than buying pictures on your phone.
Books, magazines, comics, even photographs have already all made the move to digital. And finally, 65 years after coming up with a clever way to boost gum sales, Topps is bringing its iconic trading cards into the digital world with a new Star Wars app that lets collectors trade cards with anyone else on earth with an…
A hero as popular and long-lasting as Batman is bound to get some weird merchandise over the years. That said, I'm not sure anyone was expecting an ultra-rare trading card of Batman's bathroom break to be one of those things, or for it to be on eBay for three and a half thousand dollars.
Before we had DVDs and Blu-rays of every Star Trek episode — before VHS tapes, even — there were trading cards that commemorated every adventure. A brand new book commemorates the lurid Topps trading-card adventures of the U.S.S. Enterprise, and we've got an exclusive peek.
When I was a kid, I wasted nearly 97.9% of my allowance on basketball cards. It was awesome. Now I don't even know where they are. So if I could do it all over again, I'd much rather collect these scientist trading cards. It's the coolest nerdiest thing ever.
The Star Wars films have become such cultural touchstones that even the most arcane background minutiae are subjected to intense fan scrutiny.
Going a step up from the typical Pokemon cosplay, Don Schwabs created this clever Pikachu trading card costume, which he recently showed off at Melbourne's Supanova Pop Cultcha Expo. Get enough of these costumes together, and you could play through a live-action version of the card game. [Albotas via Fashionably Geek]
In 1902, a French trading card manufacturer released this curious batch of playing cards depicting women and their futuristic careers as soldiers, lawyers, journalists, and cigarette-chomping students. But because these cards were designed to titillate, many of these outfits aren't entirely practical — note the…
In 1962, Topps released the pulpy Mars Attacks bubblegum card series, which would eventually inspire the 1996 film. Now, the original cards are being reprinted as art prints, so you can enjoy the skull-faced invasion in your living room.
For his book Absolute Beginner's Guide to Building Robots, author Gareth Branwyn recruited Boing Boing co-founder Mark Frauenfelder to illustrate these famous roboticist trading cards. Be the first kid on your block to pull a Rodney Brooks of MIT!