The Comics Trading Card Market Back With A Boom? Or A Bonnet?

cardRemember the glory days of comic book trading cards? Where every comics publisher was cut and pasting their comics onto pieces of card and making a small fortune. Where customers chased chromium like it was platinum. And the garbage bins were full of ripped open metallic packets.

They're back. Marvel titles currently have rather embarrassing ads for The Women Of Marvel trading cards. And on eBay…

Well, chase card 2013 Marvel Fleer Retro Precious Metal Gems 5 Spider-man 01/10 has just sold for almost two thousand dollars. 2013 Marvel Fleer Retro Wolverine Precious Metal Gems Green 8/10 is almost nine hundred dollars.

And now? Cryptozoic have announced… Downton Abbey trading card packs. For all the kids to collect their favourite butler/neo-fascist/bonnet. What fun!


Downton Abbey Trading Cards Seasons 1 & 2 includes a 72-card base set featuring episodic images from the first two seasons of the show. Sketch cards featuring the actor's likeness and wardrobe cards with swatches of material used for the period-authentic costumes will also be included. Fans can look forward to autograph cards from the extensive cast. Finally, a mini chase card frame – similar in size to the popular "cigarette cards" of the Victorian and Edwardian eras – will give lucky fans a memorable keepsake of the show.


I think we may need a Senior Trading Card Correspondent soon…


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Rich JohnstonAbout Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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