BO DEREK TRADING CARDS?
The late 70s and early 80s were a bizarre period for trading cards. Though surefire series for movies like Star Wars were put out, equally strange sets based on Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (The Bee Gees Movie) and Andy Gibb were also produced. But hands down, the strangest celebrity based card set belonged to "Here's Bo", which featured Bo Derek photos taken exclusively by her husband, John. On the surface, it sounded like a good idea, I mean what red blooded boy wouldn't want to have a few sexy pictures of Bo in his pocket? The problem was is that the G-rated pictures that were chosen, largely from the set of her stinker film Tarzan The Ape Man were about as erotic as an episode of Mork and Mindy.
Looking at them with an adult set of eyes is just disturbing. Check out the captions for this cards! Yep, John Derek had his bride scoped out and ready when she was SIXTEEN!
And here's card #57 which shows off the young Bo laying down on the beach at 17. Bearing in mind that John was already 47 at this point, it's kind of creepy.
Predictably these cards just couldn't find any possible target audience when they were finally released, as the numerous sealed cases on eBay that can barely get a bid for a dollar still attest.
But if you're interested in looking at the entire set, here's scans of my collection. I have to say that getting the unopened box and painstakingly scanning all 72 cards ranks seemed like a good idea on paper. I think next time, I'll stick with Garbage Pail Kids.
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