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November 9, 2014 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

These Intellivision trading cards were made by the same guy who made the Atari 7800 cards

I've always loved trading cards from the first day I saw Wacky Packages at a local convenience store in the early 70s. There was no game involved with them - they were just funny and all my friends loved discovering a new card no one had seen.

Wacky Packages wrapper Wacky Packages were stickers, but I remember them coming with a cardboard card that I think was part of a puzzle when you collected all of them. These things became popular when introduced in 1973, but the first series had actually been released several years earlier in ~1968. They didn't catch on until the '73 release.

Sports cards didn't interest me much although I did go through a baseball card phase. My son loves Pokemon cards and the ensuing game, although I was never into trading card games when they first came on the scene. When Tank Girl cards arrived, I bought cases of them - I adore Tank Girl!! I also have some Kiss (the band) cards.

Imagine my surprise when I got an Intellivision newsletter talking about the imminent release of a game-centric set of Intellivision trading cards. Each one is specific to a game title with a pic and stats. Very cool! Here is some ordering info.

Intellivision Trading Cards Intellivision Trading Cards - Tron Deadly Discs (front).
Intellivision Trading Cards Intellivision Trading Cards - Tron Deadly Discs (back).

Wacky Packages wrapper The first set of Intellivision trading cards is comprised of about 54 cards. The exact number may vary slightly as the set is finalized.

Atari 7800 Trading Cards

So, I receive this email newsletter with a link to a awesome set of Intellivision trading cards and I'm scanning through the info delighted by the entire concept when it gets better. Apparently, this set was inspired by the now completed set of Atari 7800 trading cards created by the same person!!

Atari 7800 Trading Cards Atari 7800 Trading Cards - Tank Command (front).
Atari 7800 Trading Cards Atari 7800 Trading Cards - Tank Command (back).

Here is some more info about the Atari 7800 trading cards. I'm not sure if they are still available, but both of these sets seem perfectly suited to multiple print runs as demand grows. Great stuff!

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