Once upon a time, I collected non-sport cards, then I stopped. I think this is the last set I ever bought before completely giving up the ghost. It’s about a little show called Heroes, that started out as the most amazing show, then quickly went straight into the toilet. That’s sort of how I feel about what happened to the non-sport card industry too.
Heroes was a show that caught everyone by surprise. It was the brainchild of Tim Kring and was a phenomenal mix of superhero action, science fiction mentality, amazing characters and an intricate storyline that kept people rushing back to their TVs week after week. The first season was nominated for 8 Emmy awards including Best Drama. It was the #1 new series of 2007, the #1 Monday show for the season and the first season finale had the highest ratings ever recorded, beating out fan favorite 24’s ratings by more than 50%.
However, it became painfully obvious that, like so many other shows, the creators of Heroes didn’t consider what they’d do if the show became a hit. They’d blown their load on the first season and, as it went on, it was clear they were just recycling things they’d already done and ratings dropped quickly. By the end of the 4th season, it was mercifully dropped, never having achieved the high marks or ratings that it had in it’s first season.
This is the card set that covers the phenomenal first season of Heroes. It is a 90-card series, released by Topps. It featured cast images, scenes from the show and cards #73-81 depicted the Tim Sale artwork that was used on the show as paintings by psychic artist Isaac Mendez. Truly, if there was any card set to get on this show, this is it.
As always, click on the individual images for a closer look. I hope you’ve enjoyed this foray into the world of Heroes and non-sport cards. See you next time.