A recent obsession of mine has been collecting old wax packs of trading cards from the 80s & 90s. Sure, I have a ton of these non-sport cards from when I was a kid, but the artwork and design of the packaging is something I missed. When you would buy one of these packs you would tear it open and throw away the wrapper. Never giving it a second thought. Seeing these again brings back memories of feeling the slick paper in your hands, seeing the simple artwork and the smell of bubble gum. Let's dive into a few of these packs that I have on display...AGAIN!
Batman Forever (Fleer, 1995)
Ah, Batman Forever...the follow up to Tim Burton's grim & gritty Batman Returns. This movie could not have been more removed from it's previous two films. The tone was more cartoony and almost could have been seen as a reboot of the Batman television show from the 60s with Adam West! Just add one dancing Batman and that would have done it! I did see this movie in the theaters, because I was crazy for anything Batman at the time. I collected the original Topps Batman movie cards, but as the series went on my passion for collecting non-sport cards declined. These are actually pretty nice looking cards and the promise of holograms is always a plus.
Bill & Ted's Most Atypical Movie Cards (Pro Set, 1991)
I am going to be honest and say that I never knew these cards existed up until a few years ago. I know if I had seen these as a kid, I would have tried to collect the whole set. Me and my brother were big Bill & Ted fans and would have loved to have this set in our collection. Even though the design is a little lacking, I think it's pretty cool that this set collects all the shenanigans from both Bill & Ted films!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3 (Topps, 1992)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3 may be my least favorite of all the TMNT movies, but I actually dig these cards! I like the borders of the base cards, the backs are nice looking and the art cards subset is a very cool addition. I only picked up a few packs of these when I was younger, but I look to rectify that error soon. I would like to add this set to my TMNT collection.
Shadow Hawk (Comic Images, 1992)
ShadowHawk debuted in the Image comics series Youngblood in 1992. He definitely was a hero of his time. He was dark, brooding and brutal to those he would catch in the act of a crime. He would literally break evil doers spines and leave them for the police to pick up. Pretty nasty stuff. These Comic Images cards are just like most of there other sets. Colorful backgrounds with decent artwork on the front and colorless card backs containing a part of an overall story. The only reason I bought any of these cards though was to see if I could score one of the elusive prism cards!
Super Stars MusiCards (Pro Set, 1991)
Here is yet another set of cards Pro Set put out in 1991. This one is a little more appealing to the eye due to the bold colors and stylish borders. I always wanted these cards growing up and would see ads in the comics all the time for these, I just never found them at the stores I got my cards from. I may have to search for a box online somewhere. Maybe I can find one cheap on ebay? Now relish in the glory that is the ProSet Super Stars Musicards commercial from 1992!