Palin to appear on trading cards

October 6, 2008

(10-03) 18:33 PDT LOS ANGLES, CA (AP) —

Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin will be added to Topps’ repertoire of trading cards next week as part of its series featuring the main political players on the 2008 campaign trail.

One card will show Palin taking the oath of office as Alaska’s governor in a black suit — much like the 12 collector cards issued earlier showing Barack Obama, John McCain, Joe Biden and others.

But Palin will also be featured on a second, limited-edition card as an Alaskan beauty pageant contestant in the 1980s.

“With all the talk about her being a beauty queen, we thought it would just be fun to do a second card,” Clay Luraschi, director of product development for New York-based Topps Company Inc., said in a telephone interview Friday.

The Palin cards will be distributed in packets of Topps baseball cards starting next week.

Luraschi wouldn’t say how many cards would be issued — but said the beauty pageant card would be harder to find.

He said Topps has also issued cards of Obama playing basketball and McCain watching a game, marking new territory for a company more known for cards of the Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez and the Phillies’ Ryan Howard than for those of political figures.

“We’ve commemorated pop culture events for over 50 years and this is one of the biggest pop culture events in the last three decades,” Luraschi said. “People want to have mementos and souvenirs.”

Palin will not receive compensation for appearing on the cards, he said.

Palin was scheduled to campaign in California during the weekend.


Excitement for Chaotic® Trading Card Game Heats up with Launch of Second Booster Series and Organized Play Program for North America

April 18, 2008

Zenith of the Hive Booster
Series Releases at Mass Retailers Today

TC Digital Games Launches Organized Play Program with Kick-Off of Chaotic Battledrome Events at New York Comic-Con

Momentum continues to Build With Over 11 Million Cards Registered and More Than 1 Million Unique Visitors to ChaoticGame.com

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Following the successful launch of the Dawn of Perim series, 4Kids Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: KDE) and its subsidiary TC Digital Games LLC, is releasing the highly anticipated Zenith of the Hive Booster Series for the Chaotic Trading Card Game at major retailers throughout the U.S. and Canada today.

The new series will be available at more than 15,000 locations across North America, with a presence at such retail outlets as Wal-Mart, Target, ToysRUs, GameStop, Kmart, f.y.e. and Suncoast, hundreds of local comic and hobby stores, and, beginning in May, at Rite Aid, the third largest U.S. drugstore chain with more than 5,000 stores nationwide.

To add another exciting element to the gaming experience, TC Digital Games will launch Chaotic Battledrome Events, a national Organized Play program, at New York ComicCon, taking place April 18-20. With eight-person tournaments beginning every half hour, players will have the opportunity to compete to win exclusive Organized Play packs. Chaotic Battledrome Events are currently scheduled for conventions throughout 2008 including Wizard World Philadelphia, Origins Games Fair, San Diego Comic-Con, GenCon, and Fan Expo Canada.

With the exciting new stories centered on Illexia, the terrifying Danian Queen, Zenith of the Hive introduces new game mechanics and features new army powers including: Infection, Disarm, Defender and Element Proof as well as new twists on existing powers such as Invisibility and Hive. Zenith of the Hive adds 100 new Chaotic Cards into circulation, including 35 Creatures, 10 Battlegear, 20 Attacks, 10 Locations and 25 Mugic. Each pack ($3.99 MSRP) includes nine cards with two rare foil cards and one in three booster packs will include a Parasite Token Card to track the Hives infestation.

The launch of Zenith of the Hive and the Organized Play program comes as the property continues to increase its player base at a rapid pace. The Chaotic Online Game Experience continues to increase in popularity, with more than 11 million online cards registered and more than one million unique visitors. Average visitor time on the www.ChaoticGame.com Website has increased significantly since the October 2007 launch of the site, now averaging nearly 12 minutes per visit.

Chaotic is making its international debut as well, with the TV series and cards now available in Australia (where it airs on Network 10), Israel (Childrens Channel/Noga Communications), and South Africa (MNET), with new territories scheduled to be added throughout 2008.

Its been exciting to watch the popularity of the Chaotic Trading Card Game grow over the past few months and we look to ignite even more enthusiasm with the launch of the new Zenith of the Hive series and the national Organized Play program, said Bryan C. Gannon, President and CEO of TC Digital Games. This will undoubtedly elevate player excitement to a whole new level.

Chaotic is the first property specifically utilizing patented technology to seamlessly integrate trading card game play with interactive Web-based functionality. Using this technology, each Chaotic Trading Card is enabled with a unique alphanumeric code that allows Chaotic players to upload their personal card collection onto the Chaotic Online Game at www.ChaoticGame.com for no additional cost. Additionally, the destination features three-on-three gameplay functionality, a Web-based trade sector that allows users to trade their Chaotic Cards online with other players as well as web-based messaging and forum discussions.

Complementing the Chaotic Trading Card Game is the Chaotic animated TV series, which airs daily on the Jetix block of Toon Disney and Saturday mornings on the 4Kids TV block on FOX stations nationwide. The series has been the top-rated Saturday morning show for Boys 6-11 on broadcast television and scored season-high ratings in several other key demographics during the past few weeks. Additionally, the Chaotic animated series is a hit in Canada where the show is the networks #1 ranked program among Boys 2-11 (A.C. Nielsen 9/3/071/19/08) on Teletoon. The series follows the adventures of a group of teens that are fans of the Chaotic Trading Card and Online Game. By watching the animated series, viewers can discover battle strategies that will ultimately help them master Chaotic for both online and offline gameplay.

About 4Kids Entertainment, Inc.

With U.S. headquarters in New York City, regional offices for its trading card business in San Diego, California and international offices in London, 4Kids Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: KDE) is a global organization devoted to the creation, development, production, broadcasting, distribution, licensing and manufacturing of childrens entertainment products.

Through its subsidiaries, 4Kids produces animated television series and films, distributes 4Kids produced or licensed animated television series for the domestic and international television and home video markets, licenses merchandising rights worldwide to 4Kids owned or represented properties, operates Web sites to support 4Kids owned or represented properties, and produces and markets collectible trading card games. Additionally, the Company programs and sells the national advertising time in a four-hour 4KidsTV block which airs on nearly 200 affiliated FOX television stations Saturday mornings. Beginning in September 2008, the Company will also program and sell the national advertising time in the five-hour Saturday morning block on The CW television network.

Additional information is available on the www.4KidsEntertainment.com corporate web site and at the www.4Kids.tv game station site.

About TC Digital Games LLC

Headquartered in San Diego, California, TC Digital Games LLC, a subsidiary of 4Kids Entertainment Inc., is the designer, distributor and marketer of the Chaotic Trading Card Game. Chaotic® is the first property in the trading card industry to combine traditional tabletop game play with a free integrated online game portal (www.ChaoticGame.com).

The information contained in this press release, other than historical information, consists of forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Exchange Act. These statements may involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in such statements. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to have been correct. Important factors beyond the Company’s control, including general economic conditions, consumer spending levels, competition from toy companies, motion picture studios and other licensing companies, the uncertainty of public response to the Company’s properties and other factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the Company’s expectations.


Codemasters Targets Casual Market With Bella Sara

April 2, 2008

Officials from UK publisher and developer Codemasters have announced that the company has secured the video game rights to the Bella Sara series of girls’ trading cards. Codemasters now plans to publish Bella Sara video games on the Nintendo DS and PC, beginning in the fourth quarter of 2008.

The trading card system is popular with girls aged between five and twelve years old, with over 40 million trading cards sold worldwide since its debut in 2007.

Each card features a fantasy illustration of a horse along with an inspirational message for young girls. A unique code also activates a virtual horse on the Bella Sara website, which has 2 million registered users from 240 countries.

The acquisition of the license is part of Codemasters’ continued efforts to expand its business into the casual market, with the company previously having acquired the license to the Dragonology and Wizardology range of children’s books.

“As the leading card and online property for young girls, Bella Sara is a proven success and the perfect addition to Codemasters’ casual entertainment category,” said Leon Sanders, brand manager of casual entertainment for Codemasters.

“Signing Bella Sara extends our portfolio to the young female gaming market and, with the immensely popular online world of Bella Sara, the property brings an established computer-friendly audience that already understands its unique, creative playing experience,” he added.


Mother Productions – Bizarre Trading Cards

February 16, 2008

The World’s Most Bizarre Collector Card Sets 

Mother Productions was a company that produced a variety of unique and obscure trading card sets in the 1990’s.  From Perverted Priests to the Hollywood Dead’s Gravestones, the trading card sets conceived by Mother was sometimes controversial to say the least.

Above is an example of a generic promo card for Mother Productions.  The address is no longer valid, so don’t waste stamp.  I really like the doubleheaded horse skeleton for the logo, very strange.

Mother produced two lines of cards, classic and adult, with many sets within them.

Among the classic non-sports arena Mother produced many off-beat sets including;

Killer Cards Bizarre  Boobs
Faces of Death Betty Page – series 1
Human Freaks & Oddities series 1 Betty  Page – series 2
Human Freaks & Oddities series 2 Betty  Page – series 3
Human Freaks & Oddities series 3 Betty Page – series 4
Human Freaks & Oddities series 4 Coloreds Only
Beauty & Skin Art series 1 Mafia Family
Beauty & Skin Art series 2 Nazi Cards
Animal Freaks Assassins
French Postcard Art Hollywood Dead

FACES OF DEATH, Trading Card Set

Images of Death.  Corroding Corpses.  Rotting Flesh.  Bloody Beaten Bodies.  Ripening Rigor-Mortis.  (from the back of the box of the Faces of Death card set)  This is definately one of the more bizarre sets put out Mother Productions and believe it or not we actually had to fight for this set when we found it on eBay for sale.   The set is printed in black and white and has very little, if any, text on the back of the card describing the death scene on the back.  We will be bringing this set online for viewing soon, so check back.

Mother Productions also produced quite a few other sets in the Adult, or Porno, trading card genre.  These card sets were also a little on the obscure side, even for adult cards.  Sets such as Hot and Nasty Babes, Horny Housewives series I and II, Passion Fruit, women with fruit, and Lady and the Serpent, woment with snakes.

The photo above depicts Mother Productions Promo Card for the Horny Housewives card set, series II.

Most of the card sets, Adult and otherwise, were produced in limited edition and most even came with a numbered card identification the particular set.


Baseball Card Collection – Library of Congress

February 15, 2008

Library of Congress – Baseball Main Collection

This collection presents a Library of Congress treasure — 2,100 early baseball cards dating from 1887 to 1914. The cards show such legendary figures as Ty Cobb stealing third base for Detroit, Tris Speaker batting for Boston, and pitcher Cy Young posing formally in his Cleveland uniform. Other notable players include Connie Mack, Walter Johnson, King Kelly, and Christy Mathewson.

Cigarette card collector Benjamin K. Edwards preserved these baseball cards in albums with more than 12,000 other cards on many subjects. After his death, Edwards’ daughter gave the albums to noted poet and Lincoln biographer Carl Sandburg, who donated them to the Library’s Prints and Photographs Division in 1954.


Fireworks – Celebrating July 4th with Safety

February 2, 2008

Preventor – 10 Card Promo Set featuring July 4th Fireworks.