1981 Topps Raiders of the Lost Ark Trading Cards

1981 Topps Raiders of the Lost Ark Trading Cards

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Indiana Jones is one of the most beloved movie franchises of all-time. And while the four films have inspired several trading card sets, including five from Topps, the whip-toting, hat-wearing, snake-fearing adventurer is still largely overlooked in the hobby. 1981 Topps Raiders of the Lost Ark, the first set of Indiana Jones trading cards, remains extremely affordable.

The 88-card set offers a fun and comprehensive look back on the film. The first card is a header that introduces the film, hyping up the dream team of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. The next four cards are character profiles, looking at the film's lead characters: Indiana Jones, Marion Ravenwod, Rene Belloq and Sallah. Until the final checklist, the remaining 80-plus cards focus on retelling the film's story. From the rolling boulder at the beginning to the action of the closing sequences, 1981 Topps Raiders of the Lost Ark is about as comprehensive as one could expect from a set of trading cards in this regard.

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1981 Topps Raiders of the Lost Ark card fronts are easily recognizable thanks to their bright green outer borders. Story cards also use a snake to frame in the photo. A yellow ribbon along the bottom offers the card's caption. Card backs carry a lot of text inside a yellow box that is surrounded by a red frame border. The Raiders of the Lost Ark logo is at the bottom of the card along with a prompt to continue following along on the next card.

1981 Topps Raiders of the Lost Ark is still quite cheap despite the number of years since it was released. Sets and even unopened packs and boxes can still be found without much effort. Because the cards are so cheap, single cards can be a little trickier to find though for those looking to finish sets or upgrade well-loved cards from their youth.

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Set Checklist

1981 Topps Raiders of the Lost Ark Checklist

Base Set Checklist

88 cards.

1 Title Card
2 Indiana Jones -- Freelance Adventurer
3 Beautiful, Spirited - Mario Ravenwood
4 Rene Belloq - Indy's Rival
5 Indy's Loyal Friend -- Sallah
6 Valley of Mystery
7 Temple of the Warriors
8 Victim of the Gods
9 The Priceless Gold Idol
10 Removing the Idol
11 The Collapsing Walls
12 Chased...By a Boulder!
13 Fearsome Hovitos Indians
14 Snagged by Belloq
15 Belloq's Prize
16 Escape to the Skies!
17 Indy's Lecture
18 Outlining the Quest
19 Mystery of History
20 The Raven Bar
21 The Drinking Contest
22 Indy and Marion Reunited
23 An Affair to Remember
24 The Mysterious Medallion
25 The Creature Called Toht
26 Marion in a Jam!
27 Jones to the Rescue!
28 Struggle to the Death!
29 Deadly Flames!
30 The Human Torch
31 The Prize of Agony
32 Escape!
33 Fleeing the Blazing Inferno!
34 Secret of the Medallion
35 Attacked by Arab Henchmen!
36 The Challenge
37 Master of the Bullwhip
38 Where's Marion?
39 Marion Ravenwood...Dead?
40 The Rivals Meet
41 A Valuable Clue for Indy
42 The Tanis Digs
43 Overseers of Evil
44 Indy and Sallah...In Disguise!
45 Inside the Map Room
46 The Key to Eternity
47 Indy Zeroes In
48 Well of the Souls
49 A Very-Much-Alive Marion!
50 Treacherous Descent
51 Chamber of Death!
52 Within the Stone Chest
53 Ark of the Covenant
54 Trapped By Belloq
55 Sea of Serpents
56 Our Heroes...Doomed?
57 Hissing Death!
58 Trapped in the Well!
59 Terror of the Mummies
60 I Hate Snakes!
61 Indy's Gamble
62 Loading the Ark
63 A Mountain of Muscle
64 Marion Holds Off the Enemy!
65 Spectacular Brawl!
66 Exploding Fuel Tank!
67 Where There's Smoke, There's Indy!
68 Destruction of the Flying Wing
69 Race for the Ark!
70 The Chase
71 Aboard the Bantu Wind
72 Held at Gunpoint By the Nazis
73 Indy Hitches a Ride!
74 The Arrival of the Ark
75 Removing the Precious Cargo
76 Yet Another Disguise for Jones
77 The March to Destiny
78 Threatened by Indiana Jones
79 Indy's Bluff Is Called
80 Captives of the Evil One
81 The Way to the Altar
82 The Ritual Begins
83 The Awesome Moment
84 The Ark Is Opened!
85 The Power of God!
86 The Adventure Ends...Or Does It?
87 Destiny of the Ark
88 Checklist
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Ryan's collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection. Ryan can be found on Twitter @tradercracks and Google+.

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