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1962 Topps Mars Attacks Trading Cards

1962 Topps Mars Attacks Trading Cards

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Mixing horror, comedy and sci-fi, 1962 Topps Mars Attacks tells the story of a Martian invasion.

With global tensions rising during the Cold War, Topps (under the name Bubbles Inc.) tapped into those fears with one of the most iconic trading card sets of all-time.

1962 Topps Mars Attacks Set Details

Featuring artwork from renowned pulp artist Norman Saunders, 1962 Topps Mars Attacks created a ton of controversy upon its release. Many of the cards feature gore that was extreme for the period.

Some would argue some of the cards are extreme, even by today's standards. At least among parents and teachers. One particularly controversial card depicts an alien blasting a helpless dog.

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Of course, kids ate them up. Their taboo nature is part of what made them so iconic in the first place.

1962 Topps Mars Attacks has a total of 55 cards. As with most sets from the era, the first and last cards carry a premium as they were often the ones to get the most wear and tear. The final card in the set is also the set's checklist. Unmarked copies are very tough to come by today.

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Collectors will find that complete sets are very pricey and the condition on many singles available is quite rough.

Key 1962 Topps Mars Attacks Cards:

  • The Invasion Begins #1
  • Prize Captive #21
  • Destroying a Dog #36
  • Checklist #55


Set Checklist

1962 Topps Mars Attacks Checklist

Base Set Checklist

1 The Invasion Begins
2 Martians Approaching
3 Attacking An Army Base
4 Saucers Blast Our Jets
5 Washington In Flames
6 Burning Navy Ships
7 Destroying The Bridge
8 Terror In Times Square
9 The Human Torch
10 The Skyscraper Tumbles
11 "Destroy The City"
12 Death In The Cockpit
13 Watching From Mars
14 Charred By Martians
15 Saucers Invade China
16 Panic In Parliament
17 Beast And The Beauty
18 A Soldier Fights Back
19 Burning Flesh
20 Crushed To Death
21 Prize Captive
22 Burning Cattle
23 The Frost Ray
24 The Shrinking Ray
25 Capturing A Martian
26 The Tidal Wave
27 The Giant Flies
28 Helpless Victim
29 Death In The Shelter
30 Trapped!!
31 The Monster Reaches In
32 Robot Terror
33 Removing The Victims
34 Terror In The Railroad
35 The Flame Throwers
36 Destroying A Dog
37 Creeping Menace
38 Victims Of The Bug
39 Army Of Giant Insects
40 High Voltage Execution
41 Horror In Paris
42 Hairy Fiend
43 Blasting The Bug
44 Battle In The Air
45 Fighting Giant Insects
46 Blast Off For Mars
47 Earth Bombs Mars
48 Earthmen Land On Mars
49 The Earthmen Charge
50 Smashing The Enemy
51 Crushing The Martians
52 Giant Robot
53 Martian City In Ruins
54 Mars Explodes
55 Checklist


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Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff.   His 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.

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