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1965 Topps Gilligan's Island Trading Cards

1965 Topps Gilligan’s Island Trading Cards

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Like the show, 1965 Topps Gilligan's Island remains one of the era's most popular entertainment trading card sets. The combination of a memorable show with a long legacy and an interactive design that has left many cards damaged have driven up prices of high-grade singles.

1965 Topps Gilligan's Island card fronts are done entirely in black and white. Images come from show stills and promotional shots. Most come with speech bubbles, complete with bad jokes. Would collectors expect anything different from a set based on Gilligan, the Skipper and the rest of the S.S. Minnow's passengers? A Gilligan's Island logo sits in a corner of the card.

Both the top and bottom of the card backs have a different set of images. One is framed in a red film strip, the other in a black film strip. The idea is that collectors can make a pair of animated flip movies with the cards. This has resulted in top-condition cards being even rarer as these flip movies make for easy creasing.

1965 Topps Gilligan's Island has a 55-card checklist.

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1965 Topps Gilligan's Island Checklist

1965 Topps Gilligan's Island Trading Cards 221    You'll Be Safe Skipper! Only If I Stand Behind You!
2    Gee Skipper, You Pop Up in the Strangest Places!
3    Somebody Call for a Handy Man?
4    Are You Sure this Will Go Up? Yeah But I Don't Know if It'll Come Down!
5    Don't Hit Them Too Hard! They're Only Eggs!
6    Stop Crying, Skipper, I'll Always Be with You! That's Why I'm Crying!
7    Gee, I Thought You Were the Statue of Liberty!
8    You Said Drop Everything, so I Dropped the Logs on the Radio
9    It's a Bird! It's a Plane! No, It's Gilligan!
10    You First!
11    If You Say One Word I'll Kill Myself! What's the Word?
12    What Could Go Wrong with Me at the Wheel?
13    It's a Footprint of a Horrible Monster! You Ought to Know, Skipper, You Just Made It!
14    Always Happy to Lend a hand, Skipper!
15    Drink this and You'll Feel Like a Million Dollars! Yeah, All Green and Wrinkled!
16    My Gosh, It Does Look Like Gilligan!
17    There's Something Fishy about this Place!
18    Bob Denver
19    You're So Strong, So Brave, So Fearless! You're so Wrong!
20    Are You Sure We're Safe from Gilligan in Here?
21    Everything I Say to You Goes in One Head and Out the Other!
22    Does Neatness Count?
23    Why Did I Sit on that Ant Hill?
24    Are You Sure Tarzan Started this Way?
25    Bang
26    I Think the Radio is Fixed!
27    A Sentry Must Always Be Alert!
28    Ever Have a Fish in Your Mouth?
29    Gilligan, Investigate those Strange Noises. Those are My Knees Knocking!
30    Where are We Going on this Raft? Straight Down!
31    Gee, We Could Be Stuck Here for Years!
32    One False Move and I'll Shoot!
33    Where'd Everybody Go?
34    I Wonder What the Skipper Had in Mind with This?
35    I Don't Know What I'd Do without You, but I'd Love to Try!
36    I'm a Witch Doctor Making a House Call!
37    Gilligan to the Rescue! Don't Bother. Oh No! We've Got Enough Troubles Right Now.
38    Can You See Anything? Yeah, the Back of Your Head!
39    What a Crazy Time to Gargle!
40    Only an Idiot Would Fly this Plane! Happy Landing Skipper!
41    Why'd I Have to be Stuck on the Same Island with You? I guess You're Just Lucky!
42    Anyone for a Showdown?
43    Aw Come On, Stick 'em Up!
44    Uh-oh, the Skipper Stepped in My Animal Trap!
45    They'll Never Find ME in this Poison Ivy!
46    I'm Starting My Own Fan Club!
47    I Think I'm Losing My Mind! Don't Worry! You'll Never Miss It!
48    Who's the Wise Guy Who Said "Go Jumo in the Lake"?
49    It's Time You Learned Something About Sailing! I think it's TimeI Learned Something About Swimming.
50    Let Me at him! Let Me at Him!
51    I'm the Brains of this Outfit!
52    I'm Plane Crazy about Flying!
53    I Shouldn't have made a Hole in the Boat to Let the Water Out!
54    I Think I'm Seasick, When We're Stuck in the Sand?
55    The Castaways

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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I’ve inherited a full set of these cards, except that the top and bottom of the card backs are framed differently – One is framed in a grey film strip, the other in a black film strip. It also contains the wording – “Limited Edition Reprint-2,500 Issued”.

Do you have any information about this set? How would it compare in value to the originals? Thanks, Mark


have 4 cards for sale


Enjoyed the information in your article however, the Gilligans Island set does not have a checklist as you state. Also, the purpose of reading your article was to see if the short printed cards were listed – I am currently building a set and would appreciate that information. Thanks, Armand Cistaro

Ryan Cracknell
Ryan Cracknell

Armand The use of the word “checklist” is not to imply there is a physical checklist. It refers to the fact that there are 55 cards in the set.

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