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1966 Topps Batman Riddler Back Trading Cards

1966 Topps Batman Riddler Back Trading Cards

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Topps didn't limit their Batman sets in 1966 to comics and illustrations. They also made two live-action sets. 1966 Topps Batman Riddler Back is based on the Batman movie that was an offshoot of the wildly popular TV show. The set gets its name for a series of riddles found on the card backs.

1966 Topps Batman Riddler Back card fronts resemble an old photo album. Images are cast against a black background. The photos have a small white border and the corners have red tabs. There are no captions or other text on the front. With photos from the film, a lot of the images are odd and outlandish. Fans wouldn't expect anything less. Besides Batman and Robin, the Joker, Catwoman, the Penguin and the Riddler are among those appearing in the set.

Card backs are also predominantly black. Vertically arranged, the top half has both a caption and a blurb. The card number is in the top corner of the card inside of a Batman logo. The bottom half of the card has a riddle. The solution requires a decoder that came in packs. An illustration of the Riddler accompanies it.

1966 Topps Batman Riddler Back has a small 38-card checklist. The decoders are also popular with collectors.

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Set Checklist

1966 Topps Batman Riddler Back Set Checklist

38 cards.

1 Batman's Butler
2 The Boy Wonder
3 Robin's Time Out
4 Rarin' to Go
5 A Lesson for Robin
6 Bookworm Batman
7 A Batly Gesture
8 The Caped Crusader
9 Batmobile Breakdown
10 Beaming Batman
11 Studious Crimefighter
12 The Clown Prince of Crime
13 A Dual Decision
14 Convention Caper
15 To the Bat-Foil
16 Hide-and-Go-Riddle
17 Cautious Caped Crusader
18 A Fearsome Foursome
19 A Purr-Fect Plot
20 Attacked
21 United Underworld
22 Awesome Foursome
23 Boy Wonder's Bat-Cart
24 A Desperate Leap
25 The Princess of Plunder's Prey
26 A Nefarious Note
27 De-Clawed
28 Close Call
29 A Riddle for Robin
30 Dashing Dick Grayson
31 Bat on a Buoy
32 Whacking Robin's Wings
33 The Pudgy Penguin
34 Docking the Bat-Foil
35 A Dastardly Duo
36 A Catly Caper
37 Showdown on the Sea
38 Rescued by Robin
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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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I have a NM-M set of the Batman riddler backs, with Decoder. I wonder how much I could get for them. NOT on EBAY, because they have cheapened everything so much that it is ridiculous,.

Paula Boteler
Paula Boteler

I have 11 of the 1966 batman black bat but the backs are blank, why would this be? I can’t find anyone to tell me why the backs are blank. I’m not a collector or a dealer. Can you help me?
Are they vintage? What are they worth? Thanks in advance for any consideration.

Ronn Noble
Ronn Noble

How can I tell the difference between a vintage 1966 card and a 1989 reprint

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