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

Avatar 3D Is Coming To Collectors

One of my favorite movies this year was Avatar.  I loved the story, and the 3D effects were awesome!!!  I was surprised that no company stepped to the plate before the movie was released and made a trading card set.  Then I learned that card sets based on movies that use a lot of computer generated graphics haven’t always sold well.

With all the success Avatar has had, Topps plans to release a 48-card set based on the movie that will coincide with the extended Blue-Ray version that will be released in September.  Each pack will contain 3 widevision 3D trading cards.  If Topps gets the OK from Twentieth Century Fox, they would also like to include sketch cards and autographs.  This is one movie that has excellent scenery, and I bet these 3D cards will look amazing.

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Avatar 3D Trading Cards & More

Last night I went to see the hugely popular movie Avatar 3D, and it was probably one of the best films I’ve ever seen.  I could watch that movie a thousand times and I’d still be learning new things.  The graphics were stunning and it had a terrific story behind it.  James Cameron has one heck of an imagination and I can’t wait to see what he has in store for its sequel.  Being a big fan of superhero movies and stuff like that, I usually know what I’m in for when I plan to go to a movie of that genre in a theater.  But Avatar 3D is in a world by itself.  Before this movie was released nobody had any past knowledge of these characters.  Its not like they’ve been in the comics for 40+ years.  Not only was it the characters first time on the big screen, but it was the first time the audience was introduced to them.  After seeing Avatar 3D, I get a sense of how people must have felt when they watched Star Wars for the first time back in 1977.

I know what everyone is thinking – “What the hell does this have to do with trading cards?”  In truth, it doesn’t have a lot to do with cards at all.  I thought with all the popularity this movie has received it might have its own card set, but I haven’t seen anything yet.  Doing a quick search on eBay you’ll find a bunch of collectors that have made their own cards, plus some other various promotional cards given away at certain theaters.  Some of these promos have been selling for as much as $50.00.  It wouldn’t surprise me if they release a trading card set in the future.  They could do a whole lot with refractors, holograms, and even lenticular technology to create a cool product.  You can also find various other autographed cards of stars from the movie in products like Donruss Americana, Celebrity Cuts, Upper Deck Spectrum, and some of the Razor Cut Signature brands.

I rarely talk about non-sports cards, but I thought I’d take a crack at it.  If your really into collecting non sports related cards, be sure to check out Trader Crack’s Card Blog.

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These cards look like they’re signed by the actors, but its just a reprint.