I’ve mentioned before that I used to collect non-sport cards, those cardboard packs of cards from movies and TV shows that had the stick of horrible gum inside. A couple of months ago, in fact, I brought up classic Garbage Pail Kids cards and how much of a blast from the past they were.
Now I’ve been building an online database of our current collectibles and hobbies and decided that I ought to add scans of all of our non-sport cards as well, just to keep it complete and all in one place. The obvious decision was to share them here with everyone since I was scanning them anyhow, but it didn’t take long to realize that there were far too many cards in those first 15 sets to have any chance to become a post. After scanning the first 80 images and realizing I wasn’t close to half-way done, I took a break. There are 1240 individual cards in the 15 regular sets, plus special sets, other GPK properties, tons of variants, etc., I estimate that the total number of scans required will be between 170-180 all told. That’s an insane number of images to put on a single post, or even a series of posts.
Therefore, I decided to start sharing something a bit smaller, the 1981 series from Raiders of the Lost Ark. This set consists of 88 cards depicting scenes from the original Indiana Jones adventure. You can click on the images to see larger versions.
This is back when non-sport card collecting was fun, before it tried to go mainstream and attract the non-geek with sex and mainstream TV series, etc. They were more fun when they were printed on cardboard and only glossy on one side, back when you had piles of toxic gum to discard, as opposed to the later slick versions that were largely driven by CCGs and produced like playing cards. This is back when you didn’t have the Internet to scour for pictures and information, we were limited to magazines with scant coverage and cards as a memento of a movie that once it left the theater, we’d probably never see again. The days where everything came out on VHS or DVD within months of theatrical release were far away, this was our way of holding on to a film that we loved and Raiders certainly falls into that category.
As I continue to scan cards for inclusion in our database, I’ll share a set here and there, especially if it brings back memories for me. If anyone has any sets that they might like to see, please let me know and if I have them, I’ll make sure to share them here.
This is yet another area that I wish had never “improved” by becoming mainstream, but I suppose that “progress” marches on.