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Value of 1978 Superman the movie cards

1978 Topps Superman the Movie Series 1 Base CardProduct Details

When it comes to superhero blockbusters, the original Superman starring Christopher Reeve should take a lot of the credit for launching the genre. The film also spawned on of the nicer trading card sets of the era. 1978 Topps Superman the Movie remains somewhat overlooked today, perhaps because collectors are more likely to be looking for Star Wars cards from the same era. Released in two series, 1978 Topps Superman the Movie also includes traditional stickers as well as foil stickers.

1978 Topps Superman the Movie Series 2 Base CardThe base set consists of 165 total cards. Series 1 has the first 77 while Series 2 clocks in at 88 cards. The set mixes shots from the film as well as publicity shots focused on showcasing the characters and actors. Besides numbers, the two series are easy to tell apart. 1978 Topps Superman the Movie Series 1 base cards have a white border. Series 2 cards have a red border. Fronts are arranged both horizontally and vertically. Under the image is a caption and the card number.

Card backs are a mix of summaries and puzzle pieces. Written backs have the Superman the Movie header across the top with a large block of text underneath. The bottom of the card has a starry ribbon with the Superman shield in it. Text on Series 1 cards are in a red box with a blue ribbon along the bottom. It's a yellow box and green ribbon for Series 2 cards.

Every pack of 1978 Topps Superman the Movie comes with either a regular sticker or a foil sticker. Regular stickers carry the distinct Topps design from the era with a central die-cut image surrounded by thick borders. Series 1 stickers have a red border around the image and a blue outer border. These are reversed for Series 2. This is important because 1978 Topps Superman the Movie stickers don't have numbers, only captions.

Foil stickers are even tougher to sort as they don't have numbers or captions. Save for a couple that use the Superman logo, most foil stickers recycle images from the base set.

1978 Topps Superman the Movie sets and singles remain remarkably affordable today. Supply is also fairly decent, especially given the age of the set. It may take a little hunting to find top condition cards, though, as these were so widely collected when they first came out. Unopened packs and boxes still remain a solid option as well.

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