(1966 Topps)


Superman trading cards. Clark Kent and Jimmy Olson.

The Set

Set title: Superman
Producer: Topps
Year released: 1966
Cards in set: 66
Wrapper produced: Yes
Card cost (Nrmt): $3.00-$5.00 ea.
Set cost (Nrmt): $250-$325


Set Comments

Perhaps the best reason as to why 1966 Superman is one of the most widely collected card sets of the 1960's is because of the sheer number of generations that can claim to have been brought up with the Superman character.

Since the 1940's, Superman fans have flocked to the "Man of Steel" be it in comic books, serials, TV shows, films or in countless other mediums. And card sets are no exception. 1941 Superman cards produced by Gum, Inc. continues to be one of the most sought after sets of the period and the 1966 Superman set sells at even a stronger clip.

Featured in the 1966 set are all the major characters (with the possible exception of Robert Shayne as Inspector Henderson) including both Noel Neil and Phyllis Coates. 

1966 Superman cards employ black and white photos from the TV show (as well as off-screen candids) on the card fronts while card backs are found in 3 different styles. Style "1" is the seldom seen "white colored back" variation which features black text and a photo of Superman. Style "2" is the "salmon colored" back and includes the copyright blurb under the text box. Style "3" is also a "salmon colored" back, but carries the advertisement "Watch Superman on TV" underneath the text box with the copyright blurb moved to the far right edge of the card. Both "salmon back" variations also display a photo of Superman and can be found in equal quantities.

1966 Superman: Card Fronts
Superman trading cards. Superman portrait.
Superman trading cards. Superman flying over Metropolis.
Superman trading cards. Kryptonite death ray.
Superman trading cards. Clark Kent.
Superman trading cards. Lois Lane.
Superman trading cards. Superman and bad guys.
Superman cards. Superman and the Mole Men.
Superman trading cards. Superman Metropolis portrait.

1966 Superman: Card Back
(Style "1")
1966 Superman: Card Back
(Style "2")
1966 Superman: Card Back
(Style "3")
Superman trading cards. Card back 2.
Superman trading cards. Card back 3.

1966 Superman: Wrapper
1966 Superman: Wrapper (Style II)

Superman cards wrapper.

1966 Superman: Checklist
1. "Krypton is Doomed!"
2. Destination: Earth
3. Superman's Parents
4. Ace Reporter
5. Superman
6. A Job for Superman
7. The Man of Steel
8. Superman's Strength
9. Metropolis' Hero
10. The Threat
11. Plotting Lois' Death
12. Lois in Trouble
13. Lois is Kidnapped
14. Jimmy and Clark
15. "He's Been Shot"
16.  Clark Gets a Lead
17. "No False Moves, Kent"
18. "You're Finished Kent"
19. Superman in Action

20. Futile Fight
21.  Superman's Warning
22. The Backfire
23. Crushing Blow
24. Seeing with X-Ray Eyes
25. Saved by Superman
26. Safe at Last
27. Superman's Peril
28. Jimmy, Superman and Perry
29. Great Caesar's Ghost
30. Bullets Bounce Off Him
31. In the Nick of Time
32. Superman and the Savages
33. Superman Leaps In
34. Superman to the Rescue
35. Superman's Problem

36. The Challenge
37. The Pirate's Decision
38. It's Superman!
39. Helping Hand
40. Superman and the Cavemen
41. Facing the Death Ray
42. Superman's Wedding
43. Happy Ending
44. Reporter Clark Kent
45. Super Safecracker
46. Interviewing the Chief
47. Superman's Pet
48. At the Police Station
49. Capturing the Crooks
50. The Alien Arrives
51. Superman Gets His Man

52. Jor-El on Krypton
53. Jimmy Behind Bars
54. "Help Me Superman"
55. Lois Threatened!
56. Superman's Search
57. Pa Kent Finds Superboy
58. Held as a Hostage
59. Rocket from Krypton
60. Flight over Metropolis
61. The Kryptonite Ray
62. Superman as a Baby
63. Ruler of Krypton
64. Superman's Father
65. Visitor from Space
66. Harmless Blow

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