I’ve spend more time and money than I’m comfortable revealing on digital trading cards. Yes, cards that are just jpegs on my phone. We’ve explained the obsession in the past but, it’s a rising trend among collectors and now the card company Topps is tackling a new franchise: The Walking Dead.
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…
Tomorrow, March 12, marks the official one-year anniversary of the popular app Star Wars Card Trader, and to mark the occasion characters and images from The Force Awakens are taking over.
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.
It’s no exaggeration to say Disney has been very careful with content released from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Trailers, footage and toys have all been calculated in what’s revealed and while there’s more coming soon, there’s also stuff out there you may have missed.
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.
In 1962, Topps released a controversial trading card series that depicted the gruesome annihilation of "much of Earth's population" by Martian forces. The set was called "Mars Attacks." Many parents, unsurprisingly, hated it. Some three decades later, it inspired the Tim Burton film of the same name.
In 1988, Topps released its Dinosaurs Attack! trading cards — an extraordinarily graphic and brutal collection of artwork, featuring all the horrible things that could go wrong in the unfortunate event that dinosaurs (inexplicably) made their way to the present day. The series, which consisted of 55 cards and 11…