Remembering The Unreleased 2010 Topps Avatar Widevision 3D Set

2009’s Avatar raked in almost $3 billion worldwide. After all of these years it continues to hold the top spot. That’s incredibly impressive considering the films which have been released since then.

At the time of Avatar’s release there were no plans of a coinciding trading card set. Seeing that Avatar was the start of a new film franchise without a track record it makes sense that a card company wouldn’t want to take on the risk. If the movie bombed nobody would have purchased the cards. This is probably why we don’t have card sets for the first Rocky and Ghostbusters installments.

Upon the world getting caught up in Avatar fever, Topps decided they would produce a set of cards. Topps planned to release them around the time Avatar was coming out on DVD and Blue-Ray.

The 48-card checklist would have used a new type of 3D technology that wouldn’t require the collector to view them using those crazy 3D glasses. If you’re familiar with the 2010 Topps Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back Widevision 3D set, that is most likely what the Avatar cards would have looked like.

Autographs and sketch cards were also in the works for this set before it got canned.

Avatar’s DVD and Blue-Ray release came and went, but no cards arrived. Why was it canceled? Nobody knows for sure. Various reasons could have been the cause.

I’ve only watched one movie in 3D, and that’s Avatar. Its visually stunning. Judging by the would-be checklist this set was packed.

Checklist

Base:

  • James Cameron’s Avatar #1
  • The Planet Called Pandora #2
  • Jake Sully Reborn #3
  • Armed and Dangerous #4
  • A World of Wonder #5
  • The Forest is Alive #6
  • Hammerhead Dead Ahead #7
  • Threat of the Thanator #8
  • She is Called Neytiri #9
  • The Woodsprites #10
  • Judgement of the Na’vi #11
  • The Ways of Shahaylu #12
  • Targeting The Hometree #13
  • The Hallelujah Mountains #14
  • The Mountain Banshee #15
  • To Love an Alien #16
  • Scaling the Hallelujah Mountains #17
  • The Threat of Tsu’Tey #18
  • In the Banshee Rookery #19
  • Test of a Warrior #20
  • “Let’s Dance” #21
  • Jake Seals the Bond #22
  • Entering the Clan #23
  • Kindred Spirits #24
  • First Strike Against the Na’vi #25
  • Defending the Dreamwalker #26
  • Quaritch’s Folly #27
  • All for Jake Sully #28
  • The Future in Their Hands #29
  • Forming a United Front #30
  • The Na’vi Take a Stand #31
  • Invasion of the Sky People #32
  • Defending Pandora! #33
  • Operation Shock and Awe #34
  • An Unstoppable Force? #35
  • Pandora’s Brave Princess #36
  • Direhorse Warriors #37
  • The Battle for Pandora #38
  • Conflict in the Sky #39
  • Rocked by the Air Attack #40
  • Trudy’s Finest Hour #41
  • The Monsters from Space #42
  • March of the Ampsuits #43
  • Neytiri’s Thanator #44
  • Titan Against Titan #45
  • Foes to the Bloody End #46
  • Death of a Dark Dream #47
  • Toward a Hopeful Tomorrow #48

Autographs:

  • James Cameron – Director #1
  • Jon Landau – Producer #2
  • Sam Worthington – Jake Sully #3
  • Zoe Saldana – Neytiri #4
  • Sigourney Weaver – Dr. Grace Augustine #5
  • Stephen Lang – Col. Miles Quaritch #6
  • Joel Moore Norm – Spellman #7
  • Giovanni Ribisi – Parker Selfridge #8
  • Michelle Rodriguez – Trudy Chacon #9
  • Laz Alonso – Tsu’ Tey #10
  • Wes Studi – Eytukan #11
  • CCH Pounder – Moat #12
  • Dilpeep Rao – Dr. Max Patel #13

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