2013 Topps Mars Attacks Invasion Trading CardsBrand: Topps Entertainment
Not many trading card properties can say they've been made into Hollywood blockbusters. Mars Attacks is a notable exception. More than 50 years after its debut, 2013 Topps Mars Attacks Invasion is the first set to focus solely on a new story line.
The modern take sticks with the original's tradition of fully painted artwork. The 100-card 2013 Topps Mars Attacks Invasion set takes on a new script. Artists include Earl Norem, Joe Jusko, Greg Staples, Glen Orbik and Ed Repka. These artists carry on the pulp tradition hobby legend Norm Saunders used in the original series, contributing more than 80 new pieces of art. Base cards have a borderless full-bleed design on the front. There aren't even any captions. This is in line with what franchise co-creator, Len Brown, originally envisioned. This way, none of the detailed art is lost or obscured.
The base set has multiple parallels. Heritage cards (1:4 packs) take on the classic look and feel with the new series. Gold Foil parallels land two per box. Concept parallels show cards as a work in progress. Join the Fight Graffiti parallels are a case hit.
Basic inserts place further emphasis on new artwork. Mars Attacks Masterpieces (five cards, 1:8 packs) feature images done by Dan Brereton, Jeff Miracola and Sanjulian. Anatomy of a Martian (five cards, 1:12 packs) use clear acetate stock. When combined, collectors can get a look inside a dissected Martian soldier. Join the Fight (four cards, 1:6 packs) are propaganda-style poster cards done by Steven Thomas. Earl Normem does the artwork for Early Encounters (six cards, 1:12 packs), an insert that looks at pre-invasion happenings.
Every 2013 Topps Mars Attacks Invasion box comes with a pair of premium inserts. Sketch Cards fall one per box. A total of 50 packs are Loaded Sketch Packs that have four-card puzzles. Double Sketch Cards work on their own but, if combined, form an over-sized piece of artwork. Finally, there are Creator Sketch Cards that come with a different design from regular cards.
Classic Autographs feature some of the biggest names in the franchise's history. They include Len Brown, Earl Norem, Zina Saunders and Simon Bisley. Comic Creator Autographs focus on contributors outside the realm of trading cards: John layman, John McCrea, Keith Giffen and Charles Adlard. Recognizing the impact of the Tim Burton film, a handful of the film's stars have Actor Autographs. Done in partnership with Warner Brothers, the cards have movie stills. Signers include Pam Grier and Frank Welker.
Other hits include Patch Relics, Medallion Relics and Printing Plates. A limited number of stamped 1962 Topps Mars Attacks buybacks have also been inserted in the product.
Product Configuration: 24 packs per box, 5 cards per pack
Price Point: Low-End Entertainment Card
Target Audience: Mars Attacks Fans, Set Builders, Sketch Card Collectors
2013 Topps Mars Attacks: Invasion Box Break
- 1 Sketch Card
- 1 Autograph, Patch Relic, Medallion Card or Printing Plate
- 9 Basic Inserts
- 120 Total Cards
2013 Mars Attacks Invasion sketch card Dan Bergren (c)
2013 Mars Attacks Invasion sketch card Jeff Zapata (c)
2013 Mars Attacks Invasion sketch card Tim Proctor
2013 Mars Attacks Invasion sketch card Val Hochberg
2013 Topps Mars Attacks Invasion Set Checklist
Base Set Checklist
2 Circulatory System
5 Under Suit
6 Space Suit
2 Disaster at Marshall Island
3 Alien Assassin
5 Private Zar's War
6 Race to Space
2 Join the Resistance! Send 'em Back to Mars!
4 Prepare! Because They Are Coming!
2 Babes to the Slaughter
3 Frozen by Fate
5 Facing the Apocalypse
MM-2 Beauty and the Beast
MM-3 Robot Terror
MM-4 Giant Robot
MM-5 High Voltage Execution
MM-6 Creeping Menace
MM-7 Terror in the Railroad
MM-8 Burning Flesh
MM-10 The Skyscraper Tumbles
MM-11 Crushed to Death
MM-12 Destroy the City
MM-13 The Giant Flies
MM-15 Destroying a Dog
MM-16 Destroying a Dog
Creator Sketch Set Checklist
1962 Topps Mars Attacks Buybacks
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