Under The Tree: 2012 Hot Wheels Monster Jam Series w/ Topps Trading Card

Hot Wheels began to make their Monster Jam series of trucks in 2000. This partnership between Hot Wheels and Monster Jam lasted 18 years and concluded in 2018.

The 2012 set in my opinion is the most interesting. (80) monster trucks make-up the set. (7) subsets cover the (80) monster truck set – 1st Editions, Hot Wheels Originals, Edge Glow, Spectraflames, Monster Jam World Finals Deco, Mud Trucks, and Standard. The “Standard” designation does not appear on any of the packaging like the others do. Its just the name given to those trucks which do not fit in any of the other categories.

2012 was the 30th anniversary of Grave Digger. The packaging for each monster truck contains a special 30th anniversary logo celebrating this achievement.

Packaged with each monster truck is a Topps trading card. The card matches the monster truck it is packaged with.

5 Historic Thanksgiving Day Trading Cards

Happy Thanksgiving! Time to fill your bellies with food while surrounded by friends and family. The Thanksgiving holiday is no stranger to trading cards. Tons of cards are dedicated to turkey day.

Here are my five favorite Thanksgiving-themed cards for 2022. Hope you have a nice holiday.

1983 Topps The A-Team “You Turkey!” #7

2009 Upper Deck A Piece of History Historical Moments Thanksgiving Becomes Holiday #188

2017 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Wacky Packages Thanksgiving Gary Gravy #5a

1987 Topps ALF – Stickers – Don’t Be Repulsed… It’s A Turkey! #14

2013 Topps Mars Attacks Invasion – The Last Thanksgiving #69

5 Historic Halloween Trading Cards

Happy Halloween!

Its time for costumes, candy, and scary movies.

Here are my top five scary/funny Halloween trading cards for 2022.

All Panini Redemption Cards – Pulling one of these would sure scare the hell out of me.

1989 Topps Batman – “Is It Halloween?” #81

1996 Comic Images Elvira Mistress of the Dark #63

Michael Myers 1998 Bowman Chrome Interstate Refractor #201

1994 Collect-A-Card Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Series 2 Retail Power Foil Frankenstein #86

5 Historic Bald Eagle Trading Cards

Happy Birthday America! The USA is the best country in the history of the world.

Hot dogs, hamburgers, and fireworks. America is #1!

To celebrate, here are 5 historic trading cards featuring our national bird the bald eagle.

1933 R78 Jungle Chewing Gum – Bald Eagle #37

2016 Topps Garbage Pail Kids American As Apple Pie – U.S. Arnie #5a

1956 Gum, Inc. Adventure – As American As The Hot Dog #29

1992 Panini Wildlife in Danger – Bald Eagle #76

2021 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions Feathered Creatures – Bald Eagle #FC-100

5 Historic Easter Trading Cards

Happy Easter Every Bunny!

Spring has arrived. Hopefully a majority of the cold weather is coming to an end.

Its time to gather with friends and family. Eat a good meal. Hunt for some candy/money-filled eggs.

In between all of that be sure to check out my top five historic Easter trading cards for 2022.

1910 E45 American Caramel – Two Rabbits/Egg Basket – Easter Series

2021 Topps Garbage Pail Kids – Food Fight – Peeping Paige #44a

1995 Dart 100 Years of Hershey’s – Chrome – Easter 1952 #C2

2019 Topps Allen & Ginter X – Egg #213

1995-96 Boston Market Florida Panthers – Hearth Honey Ham

Under The Tree: 1982 Corgi Baseball Trading Cars

Precision Made. Check. Moving Parts. Check. Safety Tested. Check. One Year Money Back Warranty. Check. Non-Toxic Paints. Hang on just a second. I don’t know about you. But I prefer my toys to have a certain amount of lead in them. They just don’t taste the same.

Corgi made die-cast toy vehicles for decades. From Batman to James Bond. There is an entire collectors market for them.

Released in 1982, Corgi introduced their line of Baseball Trading Cars. (26) MLB cars make up the set. The body of a Ford Mustang Cobra was used for each car. Cars have the team name on the roof, and team logo on the hood.

In 1983 collectors saw another set of (26) Baseball Trading Cars. This time the body of a Pontiac Firebird was used. A poster offer also came with the 1983 line of cars. Corgi even made a Baseball Trading Cars carrying case to protect your cars once they were removed from their package.

5 Historic Thanksgiving Day Trading Cards

Happy Thanksgiving! Time to fill your bellies with food while surrounded by friends and family.

The Thanksgiving holiday is no stranger to trading cards. Tons of cards are dedicated to turkey day.

Here are my five favorite Thanksgiving-themed cards for 2021. Hope you have a nice holiday.

1890 N80 W. Duke Sons & Co. Thanksgiving Day – U.S. Holidays

Beavis and Butt-Head 1994 Fleer Ultra – Spanking The Turkey #6919

Richard Sherman 2015 Topps Chrome SP Photo Variation SuperFractor #’ed 1/1

1992 Tabb Investments/Prestige Derrick “DJ” Johnson Turkey Bowling Prototype #’ed/35,000

1954 Topps Scoop Pilgrims Land At Plymouth #104

Product Highlight: 1993 Topps/McDonald’s All Time Greatest Team Trading Card Glasses

McDonald’s has been making collectible drinking glasses for decades.  I never really got into them, except for when they made a set for the movie Batman Forever in 1995.  Topps and McDonald’s teamed-up in 1993 to bring collectors a set of ten glasses.  Printed on each glass is a Topps baseball card.  If you purchased any Extra Value Meal with a Coke Classic you had the opportunity to buy one of these 16-ounce All Time Greatest Team Trading Card Glasses.  Each glass features the player’s facsimile signature too.

Here’s the checklist:

  • #1 Nolan Ryan 1969 Topps #533
  • #2 Johnny Bench 1970 Topps #660
  • #3 Lou Gehrig 1961 Topps #405
  • #4 Joe Morgan 1973 Topps #230
  • #5 Cal Ripken Jr. 1985 Topps #704
  • #6 Brooks Robinson 1961 Topps #10
  • #7 Roberto Clemente 1961 Topps #388
  • #8 Willie Mays 1957 Topps #10
  • #9 Babe Ruth 1962 Topps #139
  • #10 Carl Yastrzemski 1970 Topps #10

The first nine glasses were sold nationally.  In order to get the tenth glass, you needed to live in the Boston area.  That makes Carl Yastrzemski the rarest of them all.

1995 Fleer Christmas Trading Cards – Don’t Eat The Yellow Snowflakes

Wow!  Junk wax from the 80’s and 90’s really produced some crazy stuff.  That includes entire products dedicated to holidays like Easter and Christmas.

Fleer’s Christmas Trading Cards hit store shelves in 1995.  This isn’t a sports product with Christmas characters randomly thrown in like we see done today.  Oh no.  In fact, there are zero sports figures included in this set.  Its nothing but Christmas characters.

The entire set contains (42) cards.  Over those (42) cards, (6) themes are covered – Twas the Night Before Christmas, The Twelve Days of Christmas, The Nutcracker, A Christmas Carol, The Velveteen Rabbit, and Christmas Songs.  Its a very artistic set.  Contributing artists include Greg Hildebrandt, David Delamare, Joe Boddy, and Turl MacComble.

Have you been dying to know if there are any chase cards?  Yes there are.  One card from each theme has a Golden Memories parallel.  Looking almost exactly like the base, these parallels have the Golden Memories logo in the upper left corner on the back.  Gold snowflakes also adorn the back instead of the standard yellow ones.  I don’t think anyone enjoys yellow snowflakes.

Needless to say, this product never made it past the Premiere Edition.  Boxes, packs, and singles are readily available on the secondary market.  Unless its a small, niche set sold as an online-exclusive, Christmas products such as this traditionally don’t survive.  (36) packs of Christmas cards is just way too much.

If you’re going to make a Christmas product.  Go all-in and make it super high-end.  I want a cut signature of the actual St. Nick that lived from the year 270 A.D. to 343 A.D.  Charles Dickens cut signatures.  Redemption card for a 1st edition of A Christmas Carol.  Cut signature of Clement Clarke Moore, author of Twas the Night Before Christmas.  We could call it A Transcendent Christmas.

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