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lemguy
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posted 06-26-2010 01:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lemguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Back in 1969 I collected just about anything that dealt with man going to the moon. Among the things I collected were trading cards. These cards have the "Man on the Moon" logo in either the bottom right or left corners. The words "Man" and "Moon" are in red print. On the back is what appears to be the Apollo 11 crew photo with the CSM (possibly Apollo 10 photo) in the background.

On the border in very small black print is the number of the card as it relates to the picture on the back, and the following - the copyright symbol and "T.C.G. PTD. in Canada." Can anyone tell me about the cards.

KSCartist
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posted 06-26-2010 04:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Actually on the reverse there were two images. Either the Apollo 11 crew photo or the Apollo 10 CSM in lunar orbit.

The folks that brought us the Space Shots trading cards in the 1990's tried to buy up as many of the old Man on the Moon cards before they released theirs. (They told me that in a phone call).

I still have a bunch of mine but have no idea what they are worth. Someone here will be able to help you.

SpaceSteve
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posted 06-26-2010 07:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceSteve   Click Here to Email SpaceSteve     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's the writeup for the set, from The Sport Americana Price Guide to Non-Sports Cards (Number 4), released in 1992:
The Man on the Moon series can be confusing since it was issued twice by Topps. The early set is numbered 1A to 35A and 36B to 55B. The fronts have color photographs of astronauts and the space program, the backs are pieces of 35- and 20-card puzzles ("A" & "B").

The set was extended by the addition of 44 more cards, numbered 56C to 99C, later in 1969 and early 1970. The backs of these cards are pieces of a 44-part puzzle ("C"). However, this third puzzle is extremely difficult to complete because of irregularities: transposed numbers, same fronts with different backs, etc.

Numbers 1A to 55B were also reissued but are easily identified by the "99" line, which does not appear on cards of the original set.

The boxes for both the original and "extended" issues are the same except that the latter has a red sticker attached to the front.

Note: a complete set of original 1A-55B contains two complete puzzles. A set of reissue 1A-99C does not require a complete "C" puzzle".

A 55-card "original" set just sold on eBay (item #350364014135) for $100 within the past two weeks.

lemguy
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posted 06-26-2010 10:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lemguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the info. Now I have an idea of what I have.

Tykeanaut
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posted 06-30-2010 01:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Did these cards come with bubble-gum or was that something totally different?

SpaceSteve
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posted 06-30-2010 07:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceSteve   Click Here to Email SpaceSteve     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Tykeanaut:
Did these cards come with bubble-gum or was that something totally different?

Yes, they came with a stick of bubblegum in each pack.

sev8n
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posted 06-11-2014 04:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sev8n     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My parents are cleaning out their garage so I have been getting boxes of childhood "toys" on a regular basis. A recent box had my collection of these cards. I don't remember if I ever had a complete set but I now have 79 of 99 cards, a neat addition to my other space-related collectables.

capoetc
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posted 06-11-2014 09:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for capoetc   Click Here to Email capoetc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It would not be all that hard to complete the set if you would like to. Cards are fairly well available from various online collector-card retailers and, of course, eBay.

I have the complete set of 99 (the later "of 99" addition mentioned in an earlier post).

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