I picked up a handful of old trading cards at Pensacon a few months back. I’ve finally gotten around to scanning a few of the more interesting ones!
Gremlins (1984, Topps)
There was no way I was going to pass up a pack of Gremlins movie photos PLUS a stick PLUS a stick of bubble gum! And, yes, everything I bought was sealed and the stick of gum was intact. I was tempted to try the gum but then again, that’s what nephews are for.
Would YOU eat gum that was turning brown? I dared my oldest nephew to chew a stick… and he did! At first, he said it tasted like cardboard, then he said it tasted awful. Then he ran off to the bathroom to spit it out before he threw up.
Ah, Kate. Beautiful, beautiful Phoebe Cates. One of the film’s most iconic scenes is when Kate is telling Billy the tale of how her father died. You don’t know whether to gasp or laugh. That dark scene is still a WTF moment for me whenever I watch this movie.
My absolute favorite scene in Gremlins is the bar scene where Kate is having to serve countless numbers of wacky and intoxicated gremlins before figuring out they hate bright lights and making a run for it.
This is another part of the film that always stayed with me — seeing the gremlin cocoon inside this cage. Always looked so nasty to me… and it still does!
Rambo (1985, Topps)
Of the handful of cards I bought that day at Pensacon, I know I had to have TWO packs of these Rambo trading cards. While simply titled ‘Rambo’, this line of cards is actually based on the movie Rambo: First Blood Part II, which came out the same year these cards were released.
It’s so funny to me to look back and see how much more relaxed our society was back in the 1980’s. Just like every other trading card set back in that decade, the Rambo card set was obviously marketed for kids. What adult cares about ONE stick of bubble gum?