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Re: Monster Trading Cards
« Reply #30 on: August 13, 2014, 07:58:34 AM »
I'll start us off with the first monster trading card set from 1959- You'll Die Laughing (aka Funny Monsters) by the legendary Jack Davis. Many different sets of monster related cards followed through the years but this one was never topped in my opinion.


I agree! The Jack Davis artwork made these the gold standard by which all subsequent monster cards can be judged. And seeing these cards in the hands of older kids in the schoolyard was my first exposure to monster ephemera and was the seminal event in my becoming a monster kid.

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Re: Monster Trading Cards
« Reply #31 on: August 15, 2014, 06:33:05 PM »
Spook Stories is a popular set from Leaf. Dated 1961, they weren't distributed until '62. Photo fronts with funny captions and silly jokes on the back meant they followed the common monster card formula. The photos are from Universal and Hammer flicks. There are 144 cards in the complete set. The second series, 73-144, are scarcer than the first. The first series is called Spook Theatre on the wrapper, and the second series wrapper is Son Of Spook Theatre. There are also several stickers which are REALLY scarce. The exact number of stickers is unknown but it is believed to be around 48.


The Leaf Spook Stories were a great set to be sure! In fact they were the first non-sport cards I collected as a kid. I completed a set of the cards within a month or so after starting to buy them. Here are some pictures/scans of wrappers, cards and stickers from my present collection:













I have no recollection whatsoever of what I did with the stickers as a kid. It's possible that I just pitched them when I opened the packs. Perhaps stickers weren't even included in the packs sold in Canada.

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« Reply #32 on: August 15, 2014, 06:56:13 PM »
I think SS is my favorite photo cards set. It's what I think of when I think of monster cards!
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« Reply #33 on: August 15, 2014, 07:24:13 PM »
These are awesome
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Re: Monster Trading Cards
« Reply #34 on: August 17, 2014, 08:42:42 PM »
Topps in 1963 issued the 153 card Monster Laffs Midgees set. The cards though were only a third the size of regular cards as they were issued three cards to a 2 1/2" X 4 11/16" panel with each card separated by perforations that could be broken apart.

Later that same year Topps released 66 of the Midgees as standard size Monster Laffs cards. These cards seem to have been issued primarily for vending machine purposes as they were only packaged in generic wrappers. Here are front and back scans of some of mine:





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Re: Monster Trading Cards
« Reply #35 on: August 18, 2014, 02:59:32 PM »
To add to Hep's posting above here is more about Monster Laffs Midgees. The Topps 1963 set of 153 cards is divided into two series. Series 1 includes #s 1-108 and series 2 includes #s 109-153. The cards were issued in 3-card panels to be separated at the perforation. The single cards measure 1 9/16" x 2 1/2" and will show one (or two) side(s) where the perforation is evident unless carefully trimmed. Most (maybe all) of the card front photos are from AIP flicks. The second series is more scarce than the first. Most sets are comprised of single cards. A complete set of the 3-card panels is extremely scarce and could trade for more than 2 grand. Pictured below are scans of my first nine. I have all 153 cards but no unseparated panels.





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http://www.lostwackys.com/monster-cards/monsterlaffsmidgees.htm

http://www.monsterwax.com/terrortour.html
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Re: Monster Trading Cards
« Reply #36 on: August 18, 2014, 03:30:25 PM »
Topps issued 66 of their Monster Laffs Midgees in 1963 as standard size trading cards called Monster Laffs. These were sold without gum in clear cello packs. Monster Laffs cards are still fairly common in the marketplace and are one of the most inexpensive sets of '60s monster trading cards. You should be able to find a set for less than $100. A warehouse find of these cards from a few years ago is finally drying up so in future they won't be so cheap. Scans of my cards 1-9 follow.






http://www.lostwackys.com/monster-cards/monsterlaffs.htm

http://nslists.com/monlaff.htm
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Re: Monster Trading Cards
« Reply #37 on: August 18, 2014, 03:59:54 PM »
Monster Magic Action Trading Cards were produced by Abby Vending in 1963. The cards are in color with no text on the front, and have fuzzy looking illustrations which seem to move when the clear lenticular lens is placed "rough side up" on the card and moved about. I loved these goofy things as a kid and still think they're pretty cool. They are also one of the cheapest monster items in existence. A complete set of 24 cards and a lens can still be bought for 20 bucks or less. They were sold in blister card packs for 39 cents back in the '60s. When I bought my set from The Wrapper back in 2002 they sold commonly for 5 bucks a set. Below are scans of the fronts of 9 of my cards, and a card back (all backs identical). Also is a scan of my sealed blister card pack which can still be bought for around $15. Those annoying shadows are conjured up by my scanner.








http://www.lostwackys.com/monster-cards/monstermagicaction.htm

http://magiccarpetburn.blogspot.com/2010/03/monster-magic-action-trading-cards.html

http://www.tradingcardspace.com/community/printthread.php?t=3565
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Re: Monster Trading Cards
« Reply #38 on: August 18, 2014, 04:23:37 PM »
Odder Odd Rods were produced by Donruss in 1970. It contains 66 stickers of cartoonish monsters driving various blowed-out vehicles. When I was in the 5th grade we traded the heck out of these things in school- both Monsterkids and Hotrodkids (which were often both). I picked up my set from a Toy Shop ad pretty cheaply a few years ago, and it brought back some fond memories. Following are scans of my first nine fronts, and a scan of the back which were all identical.






http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Odd_Rods

http://thewrapper.tripod.com/oddrodreview.html
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Re: Monster Trading Cards
« Reply #39 on: August 18, 2014, 05:12:31 PM »
The Ackermonster's Cardiacards were produced by Raygen Entertainment in 1991. They were sold as a set of 45. In later years more sets of 45 cards were offered totaling 4 sets. Ackerman and Ferry, before the blowup.



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Re: Monster Trading Cards
« Reply #40 on: August 18, 2014, 05:32:20 PM »
The Night Slasher is a color photo set of 36 cards made as an homage to The Night Stalker TV series. It was produced in 2004 by Mystery Playhouse Productions (Monsterwax) and sold as 300 #ed sets through the Monsterwax website. My set is #191/300 and I have promo card P1 #50/300. My first nine are shown below.






http://www.monsterwax.com/nightslasher.html
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Re: Monster Trading Cards
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