One of the single coolest mayhem filled adventures of all time is contained in the 1962 Mars Attacks trading cards from Topps.  Taking H.G. Wells WAR OF THE WORLDS concept to an insane extreme, Mars Attacks.  They were only available for a short time in stores when they first appeared, as their overly graphic depictions of violent Martian destruction didn't impress early 60s mothers very well.  Enjoying a cult popularity through the next 3 decades from rabid collectors and reissued collector sets, Tim Burton immortalized the cards with an incredibly faithful film version in 1996.  Many critics wrote the film off as "too cartoony and crazy" but a look at the cards show that Burton was right on the money.

Acquiring an original set of these could set you back thousands of dollars, as a single wrapper from these hard to find gems can go for as much as $1,000.

I'm happy to show off this remarkable series of cards below.  Just click each to view the larger version.  The first 55 are from the original series, while the last portion of the set below were modern addition cards created in the late 90s.

 

mars01.gif (53384 bytes) mars02.gif (49797 bytes) mars03.gif (52215 bytes) mars04.gif (49873 bytes) mars05.gif (48466 bytes)
mars06.gif (50650 bytes) mars07.gif (52053 bytes) mars08.gif (50355 bytes) mars09.gif (51833 bytes) mars10.gif (49791 bytes)
mars11.gif (46759 bytes) mars12.gif (48218 bytes) mars13.gif (50666 bytes) mars14.gif (45211 bytes) mars15.gif (51454 bytes)
mars16.gif (46010 bytes) mars17.gif (46232 bytes) mars18.gif (45301 bytes) mars19.gif (49364 bytes) mars20.gif (47438 bytes)
mars21.gif (46156 bytes) mars22.gif (47565 bytes) mars23.gif (43582 bytes) mars24.gif (47538 bytes) mars25.gif (46963 bytes)
mars26.gif (48572 bytes) mars27.gif (43606 bytes) mars28.gif (44159 bytes) mars29.gif (43004 bytes) mars30.gif (46860 bytes)
mars31.gif (46175 bytes) mars32.gif (47447 bytes) mars33.gif (47435 bytes) mars34.gif (46305 bytes) mars35.gif (43664 bytes)
mars36.gif (47024 bytes) mars37.gif (46077 bytes) mars38.gif (45897 bytes) mars39.gif (48101 bytes) mars40.gif (48029 bytes)
mars41.gif (45564 bytes) mars42.gif (43790 bytes) mars43.gif (48810 bytes) mars44.gif (51177 bytes) mars45.gif (47725 bytes)
mars46.gif (47927 bytes) mars47.gif (46514 bytes) mars48.gif (48207 bytes) mars49.gif (50753 bytes) mars50.gif (51432 bytes)
mars51.gif (52318 bytes) mars52.gif (50398 bytes) mars53.gif (49935 bytes) mars54.gif (41387 bytes) mars55.gif (37070 bytes)
mars56.gif (59925 bytes) mars57.gif (52449 bytes) mars58.gif (55063 bytes) mars59.gif (46169 bytes) mars60.gif (53401 bytes)
mars61.gif (51984 bytes) mars62.gif (50016 bytes) mars63.gif (63333 bytes) mars64.gif (60739 bytes) mars65.gif (39329 bytes)
mars66.gif (51718 bytes)

 

-Robert
webmaster@retrocrush.com