For the most part, I confine my collection to baseball and hockey. They're my two favorite sports, the two sports I have the most history with, and they keep me more than busy enough in the little free time I find each week for my collection. With that being said, I'm a believer in the "variety is the spice of life" line of thinking, and every so often I like to branch out and sample something outside of my self-imposed collecting boundaries. Recently I did just that, acquiring my first authentic, vintage Mars Attacks card:
Mars Attacks Heritage set back in 2012. The original set was released back in 1962 and is one of my all-time favorite non-sports sets. I'm sort of an amateur fan of history, as well as science fiction and space travel (told you, variety is the spice of life), and I love how this set kind of blends all of these interests together.
The cards were produced in 1962. At that time, many scientists theorized that there was liquid water on Mars, and wondered whether the Red Planet could foster life. It wasn't until our first fly-by three years later in 1965 that we began to confirm that Mars hosted neither life as we hoped/feared, nor liquid water (although some has been found in ice form since, especially at the poles). Anyway, not to get bogged down in a history lesson, but you can see how public opinion/curiosity in 1962 could have led Topps to create and distribute a set like this.
This card features a nice battle scene where the martian saucers are completely decimating our nation's capital. Our tanks don't seem to be able to do much, and right in the center we have a member of the US Army running away on fire. This is actually a pretty tame painting compared to some of the cards on the checklist!
My card is pretty badly off-centered, although somehow it avoided an OC designation when graded by PSA? I don't care though, my only real qualification in searching one of these out was that the painting be intact with good visual appeal, which is definitely the case here. Thanks to the centering issue and the low grade, I was able to land this one for the paltry sum of $7.16 plus a couple bucks shipping. I won't formally go after this set, as it can get fairly pricey for just 55 cards, but I couldn't turn down a beauty like this for just $10 and I'm happy that an original now sits beside my Heritage set in my collection.
Coming later this week are two awesome trade packages that arrived towards the end of last week...
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