Card of the Day: 1978 Topps Superman: The Movie – Christopher Reeve as The Man of Steel #1

Hellboy (2019 Movie) New Trailer “Red Band”

Card of the Day: Ernest Borgnine 2008 Celebrity Cuts Movie Stars


Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter – Official Trailer

Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter was a novel written by Seth Grahame-Smith which was released back in 2010.  It poses one of the most notable figures in history as a vampire hunter.  I never heard of it until I saw the movie poster for it a few weeks ago.  I like it when historical figures are used in fictional stories.  I never read the book, but it looks good.

Abraham Lincoln has a handful of cut signature cards, all selling for thousands when they hit the auction block.  I think my favorite Lincoln cards are the ones Upper Deck made for Goodwin Champions last year.  Those Museum Collection cards containing a piece of Lincoln’s desk are really interesting.

Maybe that wood isn’t from a desk.  Perhaps its an authentic piece of wooden stake used to kill a vampire?


Cowboys & Aliens

Unlike Thor, Captain America, or any other superhero movie that came out this summer, I wasn’t sure what to expect when heading in to see Cowboys & Aliens.  To be honest, I had no idea it was a graphic novel which was published back in 2006.  It was fun not having a single clue about what was going to happen next.  In my reading, the film makes some changes when compared to the novel, but that usually happens.

Combining the old west with futuristic alien tech is something I’ve never seen before, and I really enjoyed it.  Let me say one thing.  Harrison Ford makes one badass cowboy that I wouldn’t want to screw with.  The same can go for Daniel Craig.  The aliens were designed well.  They kinda reminded me of miniature incredible hulks.

There have already been small talks about a sequel, but I’m not sure how that would work.  The end of the movie really puts a cap on the whole thing.  In 2007, there was a web-comic released that was a sequel to the graphic novel.

All in all, it was a great film.  Nothing gets more sci-fi then the title of Cowboys & Aliens.  The last movie I’ll probably go see this year in the theatre is Rise of the Planet of the Apes.  After that, I’ll be waiting for The Avengers which hits theatres May 2012.


My 2011 Summer Movie Summary… So Far

Let’s face it.  This summer has been one of the best for movie goers, especially if you’re into superheroes.  So far this summer I’ve been to the movies five times.  I don’t think I’ve ever been to the movies that many times in one summer before.  Ranking them in order from most favorite to least favorite, I’ve seen:

  1. Captain America: The First Avenger
  2. Thor
  3. X-Men: First Class
  4. Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  5. Green Lantern

Marvel films are kicking ass when compared to DC Comics.  All these individual films leading their way up to The Avengers is just amazing.  I’m totally excited to see it!!! After seeing the trailer for The Avengers that’s at the end of Captain America, just makes me want to see it even more.  Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk, Hawkeye, Nick Fury and many more all in one movie is just mind blowing.

If I had it my way, I’d have Christopher Nolan direct every DC Comics movie.  He has done a great job with the Batman films, making them feel down right dirty, gritty, and truly lifelike.  I look forward to seeing The Dark Knight Rises next summer.  After his epic Batman conclusion, I’m interested in seeing what he can do with Superman.  I wish he would have taken on Green Lantern.  I’m not saying Green Lantern was bad, it was just choppy.

Cowboys and Aliens and Rise of the Planet of the Apes look like fun, so I might see those.  As far as superhero films go, it looks like their finished for this summer.  Next summer is right around the corner – The Avengers, The Amazing Spider-Man, and The Dark Knight Rises.


Captain America Comes To Cardboard

Upper Deck Entertainment has had a ton of success with its superhero related products – Iron Man, Thor, and now Captain America: The First Avenger.  Due to be released on 6/14/11, collectors will find (2) relics or autographs per box on average.  Insignia manufactured patches come (1) per box too.  Sketch cards fall about (1) in every other box.  Autographs and relics include:

  • Chris Evans (Captain America / Steve Rogers)
  • Tommy Lee Jones (Captain Chester Phillips)
  • Hugo Weaving (The Red Skull)
  • Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury)
  • Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter)

Its going to be a great summer packed with superheros and cards!


Example of an insignia manufactured patch

Thor Is Coming!

Next summer is going to be packed with comic book superhero movies.  I can’t wait!!!  Green Lantern, Captain America: The First Avenger, and Thor are whats in store for next year.  Upper Deck has even prepared to make a Thor trading card set thats due out on 3/15/11.  Here are some of the product highlights:

  • 90-card base set
  • Costume Cards 1:12
  • Autographs 1:288
  • Sketch Cards 1:48
  • PETG Movie Cell Cards 1:16
  • 24 packs per box


For those of you who haven’t seen the Thor trailer yet, take a look.

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.




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.



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