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23 September 2008
Posted 13:30 by Les


This first-ever, all-art Indy retrospective series features breath-taking Indiana Jones production paintings, poster art, comic covers and more! Plus a special subset is devoted to new, never-before-seen paintings commissioned by Topps exclusively for this product. Multiple levels of super-collectible inserts complete this museum-quality set shipping just in time for the holidays:

Hand-drawn Original Sketch Cards (1 per box)
One-of-a-kind masterpieces created by an assortment of some of the best and most highly-prized illustrators working today

Includes Panoramic Sketch Cards
For the first time ever: Rare folded sketch cards that open up to a stunning 3 1/2” x 5”

Autograph Cards signed by Harrison Ford, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg! (insertion rate TBD)

1/1 Triple Autograph Card featuring all three signers!

1/1 Printing Plates
The original printing plates from Indiana Jones Masterpieces cut into individual cards. 4 plates per card (360 total)

Foil Cards (1:4)
Classic Indiana Jones illustrations by word renown poster artist Drew Struzan

Foil Parallels:
Bronze (1:24), Sequentially–Numbered Gold (1-100) and 1/1 Refractor variations of the foil cards

Etched Foil Puzzle Cards (1:6)
6 micro-etched foil cards which form a fantastic collage painted by famed comics artist Adam Hughes

1/1 Original Art Used to Create The Etched-Foil Puzzle
6 individual 1/1 cards

An action-adventure franchise like no other, the tremendous success of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull speaks for itself:

• Domestic Box Office: $315 million!
• Worldwide Box Office: $780 million!
• One of the Top 25 best- selling movies of all time!
• An appeal that spans generations!

Check out the brochures below for more exciting details.


22 September 2008
Posted 08:30 by Les
Topps has released the brochures advertising the new Indiana Jones Masterpieces trading cards due out in November. Note the differences between cards released to retail stores (ie... Target and Wal-Mart; top photo) and those to hobby shops (ie.. comic and collectible stores; bottom photo).


01 September 2008
Posted 13:00 by Les
Diamond Comics newest issue of Previews gives us our first glance at the November release of Indiana Jones Masterpieces trading cards.

19 March 2008
Posted 01:00 by Les

Topps Announces Plans for its Newest Collectible Card Franchise
Indiana Jones Heritage Trading Cards On Sale Today

After a nearly 25-year hiatus, Topps is back together with Indiana Jones. The storied card marketer, who offered Raiders of the Lost Ark cards in 1981 and Temple of Doom cards in 1984, plans an ongoing program around everyone’s favorite action-adventure hero.In comic and hobby stores today, Indiana Jones Heritage takes a retrospective look back at the original movies – Raiders of the Lost Ark, Temple of Doom and The Last Crusade. Complete with packaging and card designs inspired by Topps earlier work with the property, Indiana Jones Heritage has a decidedly vintage, “old school” feel. Many memorable, iconic scenes are included in this 90-card, triple movie treat. Plus, reminiscent of Topps cards from yesteryear, packs include one piece of bubble gum. ToppsTV's new video, which spotlights the company’s artist sketch cards, has just debuted on multiple sites, including YouTube and It most prominently features Topps' latest series to include sketches – Indiana Jones Heritage. This video explains what sketch cards are, explores their history and includes an interview with one of the sketch artists.

The second phase of the program commences prior to the theatrical release of the new movie, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. While the film premieres in theaters on Memorial Day weekend, Topps will ship its all-movie series to hobby, specialty and mass merchandisers on May 1. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull movie cards promise to be a worthy companion to the highly anticipated film and a treasured keepsake for years to come.The Indiana Jones property has inspired many talented artists whose work has adorned familiar movie posters as well as the covers of numerous books and comics. A fine selection of these breathtaking images – plus newly commissioned, never-before-seen works – will comprise the program’s third card series, Indiana Jones Masterpieces. Planned for release around the holidays, Indiana Jones Masterpieces follows in the tradition of Topps’ highly successful, all-art-based Lord of the Rings Masterpieces. “The marketplace is enormously excited that we’re back in business with Indiana Jones,” states Ira Friedman, Topps VP of Publishing. “It helps that most of our customers are fans who grew up on the original films and, just like Star Wars (another Lucas creation), consider these properties near and dear to their hearts”, says Friedman.

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For more information about Indiana Jones Heritage go to:

14 March 2008
Posted 20:00 by Les
A little something to tease as we approach the street date release for Indiana Jones Heritage. I've been fortunate enough to receive a 'Hobby' box to open and review.

I tore through the packages pretty quick. Well I did slow down long enough to open the plastic wrapped gum. I'd forgotten how good trading card gum is! So with mouth full I finished up and flipped the cards to see what treasure I had uncovered.

I got enough cards to make a 90-card base set (and extras, of course). Images below are for cards 1-9 front and back. The set is made up of 27 images from Raiders of the Lost Ark, 27 from Temple of Doom and 27 from Last Crusade. The remaining images are art cards with the final card being the checklist.

I also won the equivalent of the trading card lottery - I snagged an autograph card (Vic Tablian - 'MonkeyMan'), 1 sketch card (by Alex Buchel) and 3 parallel cards (each numbered out of 500). The parallel set has identical images to the base 90-set but on a thicker white card stock and gold-number stamped.

After I inserted the cards in to my pages I took the time to look them over and read the backs. I felt like I was 16 again. What fun! I've now flipped through them several time and can't wait for my case I ordered to arrive on March 19th.

And don't forget the 'Retail' versions available at your local K-Mart, Target and Wal-Mart (which include same base set cards but have magnetic-cards as the special random inserts).

Brochure for 'Retail' offering

01 February 2008
Posted 18:00 by Les
Topps reveals details about the upcoming trading card set for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

22 January 2008
Posted 18:40 by Les
A loyal reader, Brandon P, nicely brought this to our attention today. With the announcement of these new Topps card signers (including George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford) I know I speak for everyone when I say my wallet is going to be a lot lighter!

06 December 2007
Posted 10:56 by Les

The Perfect Appetizer before the New Movie Hits Theaters in May

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, the first Indiana Jones film in nearly 20 years, will premiere this upcoming Memorial Day weekend. The buzz is already beginning and the excitement couldn’t be more intense as Harrison Ford returns to don the famous fedora. Ford teams up once again with director Steven Spielberg and producer George Lucas – a powerful combination sure to create box office magic!

Paramount and Lucasfilm are pulling out all the stops for this major entertainment event:

  • Massive TV ad support
  • Top-tier promotional partners: Burger King, Kellogg’s, Dr. Pepper, Masterfoods (Indy-branded M&Ms and Snickers)
  • Expansive toy and game merchandise from Hasbro and Lego
  • Dedicated website with exclusive video and featurettes
  • The three original Indiana Jones films will be re-released on DVD in May

Just in time for all the hype for the new film to kick in, Topps is releasing a set of trading cards in February to satisfy the hunger of fans for official Indiana Jones merchandise. The Topps cards will one of just a select few Indy branded products available at this early date. INDIANA JONES HERITAGE delivers the adventure and fun of the original three movies (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Temple of Doom, Last Crusade) all in one mega card set – for the first time ever!

  • 90 retro-cool cards is printed on vintage grey back stock featuring card designs inspired by the original Topps Indiana Jones sets from the 80s!
  • Bubble gum in every pack (just like when you were a kid)!
  • Rare Parallels sequentially-numbered 1-500! (Insert Rate TBD)
  • Artist Sketch Cards (Insert rate TBD)
  • Authentic Autographs from the original cast including Karen Allen (Marion Ravenwood), John Rhys-Davies (Sallah), Jonathan Ke Quan (Short Round) – and many more!* (Insert Rate TBD)

P.S. Be on the lookout for news on Topps Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull movie cards shipping around the new film. Details to follow.

*While these actors have agreed to sign, Topps cannot guarantee that the autographs will be received in time for inclusion in the product.

17 November 2007
Posted 23:23 by Les

The Topps Company is among a select few licensees releasing official merchandise in advance of the summer 2008 movie, “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.” The company’s Indiana Jones Heritage cards will ship at the end of February and will be available exclusively in hobby and specialty markets, not at mass retail.

The card imagery will feature 90 memorable scenes from all three original movies, with card designs paying homage to the “Raiders of the Lost Ark” cards first published by Topps in 1981. The retro-inspired Heritage branding and packaging – complete with vintage grey-back card stock and bubble gum in every pack – is sure to resonate with many collectors who grew up with the earlier Indiana Jones films.

Topps is in the process of finalizing arrangements with numerous cast members of the original movies to provide authentic autographs for the series. A list of confirmed signees will be announced shortly. An impressive roster of well-known illustrators is also on board to contribute original, one-of-a-kind Indiana Jones sketch cards. In addition, sequentially-numbered parallel cards round out the random, insert card offerings.

Overall interest in the Indiana Jones franchise is building. A recent nationwide poll of moviegoers, conducted by Movie, concluded that the upcoming Indiana Jones movie, now in post production, is the #1 anticipated film scheduled for next year. As announced sometime ago, the original creative team of Harrison Ford, director Steven Spielberg and executive producer George Lucas has re-united to bring this latest Indiana Jones adventure to the screen.

“We’re thrilled to be associated once again with this truly extraordinary property”, says Ira Friedman, Topps/VP of Publishing. “Our Heritage treatment for the original movies is a nostalgic and fun way to kick off our Indiana Jones trading card initiative. We’re certain the core fans will treasure this early appetizer; the first phase of an ongoing program that will transition to the new movie and beyond.” says Friedman.

Indiana Jones Heritage will carry a suggested retail selling price of $2 per 5-card pack




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