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1969 Topps Planet of the Apes Trading Cards

1969 Topps Planet of the Apes Trading Cards

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Planet of the Apes is one of those franchises that has survived the test of time in the hobby. Different sets have come decades apart and from several different manufacturers. But they had to start somewhere. 1969 Topps Planet of the Apes offers a cardboard recap of the Science Fiction classic that stars Charlton Heston.

The set has just 44 cards. However, the popularity of the set makes building a set a challenge today.

1969 Topps Planet of the Apes 261969 Topps Planet of the Apes card fronts have a simple design. A large image is complimented by only a small scroll-like ribbon. This red scroll has a caption. The images also have a small white border. Card fronts mix vertical and horizontal images.

The backs are much more intricate. A large Planet of the Apes title is at the top of the card with a lengthy writeup underneath. This writeup is framed with intricately drawn foliage. The side of the card has illustrations of Dr. Zaius and two ape soldiers. 1969 Topps Planet of the Apes card backs are green.

Topps later produced a set for the short-lived Planet of the Apes TV show in 1975. These cards look very similar. Card fronts have an identical design to the movie set. However, the backs for the 1975 Topps Planet of the Apes set have puzzles incorporated into them, which make them easier to identify. This set did, indeed, come out in 1975 despite the 1967 copyright written in the fine print.

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44 cards.

1 Crash Landing!
2 Bail Out!
3 Stranded!
4 Spaceman George Taylor!
5 First Sign of Life!
6 Discovery!
7 Man vs. Beast!
8 Captive of the Apes!
9 Stalking Human Prey!
10 Another Prisoner!
11 Nova is Captured!
12 No Escape!
13 Ape Brutality!
14 Captured!
15 The Victors!
16 Proud Conquerors
17 "Say Cheese!"
18 Ape Surgeon!
19 Taylor's Life is Saved
20 Pleading for Mercy!
21 Caged!
22 Taylor's Ally!
23 Word of Anger!
24 Human on a Leash!
25 Return to Prison!
26 Ape Scientist!
27 Taylor's Escape Fails!
28 Zoo Attendant!
29 Water Torture
30 Ape Madhouse!
31 Manacled!
32 Ape Jury!
33 Speaking Against Taylor!
34 The Trail Continues!
35 Ape City!
36 Deciding Taylor's Fate!
37 Escape!
38 The Search!
39 The Forbidden Zone
40 "Under Arrest!"
41 Friends of the Human!
42 Farewell!
43 Man's Destiny!
44 Lights! Camera! Action!


Ryan Cracknell  |  E-Mail Author
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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  1. Hi looking to trade 7planet of apes cards.for 19” 15” 50” 59’+ cash can you help.

  2. I have a full set of 1969 Planet of the Apes trading cards 1-44 in almost excellent condition that I would like to sell. How much would this set be worth? I have seen individual cards selling for 20.00 each.

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