trading cards

1992 Pro Cheerleaders Trading Cards: Real Human Beings

July 2nd, 2018

Trading cards are meant to be ephemeral collectibles. They’re made of paper, produced cheaply, and generally, hold very little value. It’s this lack of utility that’s pretty fascinating, so I’ve often found myself digging pretty deep into the who, what, and why of trading card sets. If they’re pretty much defined by their...

You Don’t Know Jack : Kirby Trading Cards

March 2nd, 2018

The miracle that was Jack Kirby is discussed ad nauseam by comic historians both amateur and professional, but that’s the privilege you get when you’re clever enough to convince people that you’re a comic historian and they should pay you for it. It’s true that Kirby had a hand in creating a vast majority of […]

Fantasy Girls vs. Fantazy Girlz PART 4: Low-Effort Lasciviousness

August 27th, 2017

When it comes to 1990s-era ladycards, there are few that put in less effort than Imagine Inc.’s Fantasy Girls, a haphazard, blurry set of mis-numbered cards that’s more embarrassing than exciting. But therein lies their weird charm. Back in 1993, Imagine, Inc. was better know for their horror-themed publications: things like Scream Queens...

Fantasy Girls vs. Fantazy Girlz PART 2: California Dreaming Trading Cards

November 13th, 2014

Here’s how I imagine the origin of California Dreaming trading cards : The year is 199X. A dude purchases a camera from the seediest pawn shop California. It looks fancy enough on the outside to  convince his potential subjects that he knows what he’s doing. If they don’t look close enough, they won’t see that […]

Fantasy Girls vs. Fantazy Girlz : Sexy Trading Cards of the 1990s PART 1

September 8th, 2014

The comic shop can be a weirdly libidinous place. When a young man stumbles into a building that’s designed to sell elaborately-described power fantasies and detailed drawings of idealized women, things can start to feel a little weird. And as you pseudo-accidentally stray towards the beaded curtain at the back of the shop, to that […]

Prophetic Pecs: Comics Futurestars 1993 Trading Cards

November 1st, 2013

Comics have been through a lot of crap. If comics were a person, they’d be that guy who looked like he had his life together, only to let it fall apart because of some gross secret addiction or a failed get-rich-quick scheme. Comics would hit rock bottom and show up to events wearing really inappropriate […]