Monday, April 23, 2012

Topps 50th Anniversary Mars Attacks Heritage

Topps and Mars Attacks is celebrating 50 years in the very popular card set that started something epic. In celebrating the 50th anniversary, Topps will be creating  the Mars Attacks Heritage, which will collect the original 55-card set with 25 new and never-before-seen images. All of the cards will be printed on thick, old fashioned card stock and the wrappers will mimic the 1962 original wrappers. 

Not only will we be getting a treat in collecting the original set, but you will find amazing insert cards as well. Packs of Mars Attacks Heritage will include limited-edition, multi-colored parallel cards and 3D lenticulars. Both will be randomly included in packs. Mars Attacks Heritage will also include sketch cards, which will definitely be highly sought after!  

One of the artists that will have sketch cards in the Mars Attacks Heritage is our friend, Denise Vasquez. Here are a few of the sketch cards she has created for Mars Attacks Heritage. They even glow in the dark! 

Other artists who have contributed in creating sketch cards are John McCrea, Bruce Gerlach, Lee Bradley, Beck Seashols, Ashleigh Popplewell, Layron Dejarnette, Chris Mason, and so many more. 

Topps recently announced autograph inserts in the Mars Attack Heritage set. 

Signed by Original Series Co-Creator Len Brown April 16 – As a surprise addition to this summer’s highly anticipated Mars Attacks Heritage card series, Topps announces that co-creator Len Brown will be signing a limited number of foil-stamped parallel cards. 
“During the course of his remarkable, 40+ years at Topps, Len Brown helped shape hundreds of Topps products, from Ugly Stickers to Garbage Pail Kids and Wacky Packages,” said Ira Friedman, Topps VP of Global Licensing. “He spearheaded many legendary sets, collaborating with artists the likes of Basil Wolverton, Jack Davis, Norm Saunders and Art Spiegelman, among many others– and in his spare time created the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents comic book with Wally Wood for Tower Comics. We’re thrilled that Len has agreed to add his signature to our 50th Anniversary card set so that fans can have the chance to own an authentic piece of Mars Attacks history.”
For Mars Attacks Heritage, Brown will be signing 10 foil-stamped parallel of each of the 55 cards from the reissued base set, for a total of 550 autographs, randomly inserted into packs. Each of these parallel cards will also be hand numbered 1 through 10.

 Mars Attacks Heritage is currently being offered in this month’s issue of Previews catalog (April cover date), and via Topps authorized hobby distributors and will be in stores this July. For more information on Mars Attacks, including an ever-growing gallery of sketch cards, go to: Also follow on twitter for news, announcements and more @realmarsattacks

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