Flashback Product of the Week: Revolutionary Comics 1992-93 Baseball Legends

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Revolutionary Comics had a short lifespan.  It was founded in 1989 and went belly up five years later.  They were known for printing unauthorized biographies of famous people, specifically musicians.  Their line of Rock ‘N’ Roll Comics was very successful.  Some musicians were totally for it, while others took up legal action against them.  It seemed the more legal cases thrown at them, the more comics they sold.  But in the end, it was their line of sports titles that lead to their downfall.

During it’s reign, Revolutionary Comics issued four different sports titles.  It began with Baseball Superstars Comics in 1991.  They then went on to print Baseball Legends ComicsSports Legends Comics, and Sports Superstars Comics.  Much like their Rock ‘N’ Roll Comics, these told the unauthorized biographies of popular sports figures from the past and present.  Sports fans didn’t find these as entertaining as they thought.  I don’t think they caught on because you know how the story was going to end.  Their sports titles racked up a lot of debt.  Losing a lawsuit to the Pittsburgh Penguins over the use of their logo, and having to settle another suit brought on by Joe Montana certainly didn’t help.

Some of their sports issues contained cards.  Not every one though.  In March of 1992 Revolutionary Comics started their Baseball Legends Comics.  This particular series ran until September of 1993.  In total there are (19) issues.  The issues about Billy Martin, Yogi Berra, Roberto Clemente, Honus Wagner, and Willie Mays all contained (3) cards each.  You would need to tear apart the cards as they came in an uncut strip.  The artwork mimics that of the comic book, which is something I wouldn’t mind seeing tried on today’s cards.  I think they look really cool.  Every now and then some of these cards will surface.  Just like the comic books, the cards don’t hold much value.

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