Night of the Living Dead; Trading Card History

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I have been collecting various items commemorating the movie Night of the Living Dead since the late 1990’s when eBay was new and I was in high school, saving my lunch money for things that my dad declared as “junk”.  I recently got back into my NotLD collecting and have decided to focus my attention on small NotLD items that needn’t be displayed, risking both damage, as well as scowls from my wife!

And so to that end, I’ve become quite fascinated with trading cards.  I like how they re-interpret the story of Night in still photographs while highlighting the cinematography and, in some cases, bringing new art to the film.

Here we go!


Night of the Living Dead Trading Card Set One aka    “Rosem Cards”

Year: 1987
Manufacturer/ Designer: Rosem/ unknown
Base Set: 50 cards
Chase Cards: 1 Checklist Card (included within the 50 base set)
Packaging: Sold as complete set, not sold in packs.  Single color black paper wrapper featuring the Farmhouse Corpse
Size/Color: 2.5×3.5”/ Single Color b&w
Quirks: Captions in block letters below each still from the movie, no border.  Excerpts of the story are present on the bare chipboard back. Weird original zombie illustration on.  All cards are horizontal orientation.  Sold in whole set yet comes with a checklist card.  Uncut sheets were available but limited to a mere 33 copies!
Thoughts: This set is unlicensed so don’t pay a lot for it!  Personally, I think this set is pretty cool though.  There are no chase cards to make you keep hunting; get a set and be done!  The photos are reproduced at pretty poor sharpness, even including motion blurs and printing imperfections, they approximate viewing the film on VHS.  No behind-the-scenes images are provided (because Rosem didn’t have access to them!) and the plain chipboard backs give this set an appropriate vintage style.  I like that the cards are all oriented horizontally like a feature film, so that when they are laid out, there’s no shifting and rotating to view them correctly and of course the compositions are not cropped as dramatically.
“Is there any of that candy left?”:   Yes!  Complete Rosem sets are readily on eBay, unless you’re looking for the super rare uncut sheet for which you may have to “trot two hundred miles into the country.”
Value: $15 for a complete master set with wrapper

Night of the Living Dead Trading Card Set Two aka  “Green Border Cards”

Year: 1988
Manufacturer/ Designer: Imagine & Fantaco/ Bob Michelucci
Base Set: 68 cards
Chase Cards: blank cards with space for autographs and larger corner card featuring Kyra Schon’s face with Night of the Living Dead block logo in green
Packaging: Sold as complete set, not sold in packs.  Clear shrinkwrap with silver foil 20th-anniversary sticker for base set. Autograph cards and square card were not included with a pack.  For each complete base card set, four autograph blank cards and one square card were printed.  I know that Bill Hinzman signed a blank card right in front of me in ’98 so maybe the blanks were only issued to the cast/crew and not originally for sale.
Size/Color: 2.5×3.5”/ Two Color; b&w with green borders
Quirks: First four cards contain short story excerpts on back, remaining cards feature facsimile autograph of either George A. Romero, John Russo, or Russel Streiner.  Some cards do not feature the logo though the reason is not readily apparent.  Most cards are vertically oriented, some are horizontal.
Thoughts:  Image quality here is a big step up from the Rosem cards though more contrasty than the movie itself.  Still, I think the image quality in terms of sharpness and contrast is much more pleasant than the 2012 Unstoppable cards because details pop nicely on the small trading card format.  Addition of behind-the-scenes images and the US movie poster are nice.  This set contains the autograph cards that first set Night collecting in motion!  Dawn zombie Bob Michelucci told me “The Rosem set was unlicensed and rushed to beat our licensed green border set out. Our quality is better because we had access to the original photos and negatives… same goes for our red border and full-color sets and all were designed by me.”  
“Is there any of that candy left?”:  Yes!  Green border cards are less common than the Rosem Cards or the newer Red Border Cards but the base set shows up for sale fairly often.
Value: $25 for a complete base set without packaging, autographs or square card.  In November of 2017, I sold the Keith Wayne signed blank green border card for $125.  The corner card is often autographed, rarely for sale but could go for several hundred depending on the signatures.

Night of the Living Dead Trading Card Set Three aka  “Red Border Cards”


Year: 1990
Manufacturer/ Designer: Imagine & Fantaco/ Bob Michelucci
Base Set: 68 cards
Chase Cards: blank cards with space for autographs, no large square card was made to my knowledge
Packaging: Sold as complete set, not sold in packs.  Clear, unmarked shrinkwrap containing the base set
Size/Color: 2.5×3.5”/ Two Color; b&w with red borders
Quirks: Identical in every way to the green 1988 edition but with a red border instead of green
Thoughts: “A little spit-and-polish could clean this up and sell it next year. I wonder how many times we bought the same one.”
“Is there any of that candy left?”: More common than their green counterparts
Value: $25 for a complete base set out of packaging, autographs or square card.  Red border autograph cards probably sell for about as much as their green border counterparts.  I’ve never seen the red corner card for sale but Bob does sell uncut sheets of both green and red border cards if you’re interested, just tell him that Johnny Martyr sent you!

Night of the Living Dead Trading Card Set Four aka  “Promo Foil Cards”


Year: 1993
Manufacturer/ Designer: Imagine / Bob Michelucci
Base Set: 3, technically these are promo cards for the On Location card set
Chase Cards: n/a
Packaging: Sold as complete set.  Unmarked resealable plastic sleeve
Size/Color: 2.5×3.5”/ Single color b&w, very typically with silver foil, however, I’m told that there were a number of different color foils produced in very small numbers.
Quirks: Cards 15, 16 and 52 from the 1988 set, featuring John Russo, unnamed ghoul and Marilyn Eastman, identical style front and back of 1988 set but foil border instead of a green or red border.  On the back of the cards, the text “PROMOTIONAL CARD”, “NOT FOR RESALE” and 25th ANNIVERSARY EDITION” was added to the previous green border design, and original card set numbers remain.  These were also used for the 1998 Zombie Jamboree as tickets. A numbered sticker was placed on the back of the John Russo card and signed by him.
Thoughts: Really beautiful treatment of already beautifully done cards.  The silver foil with the b&w images is very flattering.  However, I think two of the chosen photos are really strange and kinda silly.  Who else is tired of that shot of John Russo that doesn’t appear in the film yet doesn’t really show enough context to be a good behind-the-scenes photo?  (My apologies to Mr. Russo!) And who is that slain ghoul?  Even Judith O’Dea’s agent (who knows everything) doesn’t know!  If you’re only going to have three cards, why choose a shot of an anonymous guy laying on the ground?  The shot of Marilyn is a great choice, stellar really, but why not two more well-composed action shots of principle characters to go along with it?  Very disappointing image selection.
“Is there any of that candy left?”:  Yes!  So common on eBay that several sets are available at any given time.
Value: $10-$15 for the complete silver set, I’ve never seen other colors of foil for sale!

Night of the Living Dead Trading Card Set Five aka   

“On Location Cards”


Year: 1993
Manufacturer/ Designer: Imagine/ Bob Michelucci
Base Set: 8 cards
Chase Cards: n/a
Packaging: Sold as complete set, not sold in packs.  Unmarked resealable plastic sleeve
Size/Color: 2.5×3.5”/ Full Color
Quirks: Black borders with NotLD logo in gold.  Cuts of cards are not very accurate. Feature color behind-the-scenes posed portraits taken by Karl Hardman.  Many copies seem to be cut off-center and I recently bought a set with various printing imperfections, so look carefully before purchasing!
Thoughts: “You always have a smile for me.”  Really beautiful cards, essential for all Night collectors really.  The images are not featured in any other set and they add so much dimension and backstory to the making of the film.
“Is there any of that candy left?”:  Yes!  The On Location cards are not super rare but desirable and expensive when signed.
Value: O’Dea card autographed – $50 | Eastman card autographed – $70 | Hardman card autographed – $50 | Wayne card autographed – $150 | Complete set unsigned – $50 | Complete set autographed by all minus Keith & Judith – $150 | Complete set autographed by all – $300?

 

Night of the Living Dead Trading Card Set Six aka  “First Festival Cards”

 

Year: 2009
Manufacturer/ Designer: The Living Dead Festival/ Jim Cirronella
Base Set: 2
Chase Cards: n/a
Packaging: n/a
Size/Color: 2.5×3.5”/ Two Color b&w with green text
Quirks: high gloss high-resolution cards designed to be autographed.  Both cards feature the same graphic treatment with different montages on the front.
Thoughts:  I feel that the text on these overshadows the really nice montages but they work well as general signature cards and don’t have the cluttered look that something like the 2009 and 2011 Americana cards have going on.  They look good from a distance but also plenty of nuances to enjoy up close too.  Contrast is reasonably high like Bob Michelucci’s cards for Imagine, this works particularly well with the high gloss stock.
“Is there any of that candy left?”:  Yes and noFestival cards are very rare, only obtained at Living Dead Festivals, and these in particular, are even rarer than the 2013 Festival cards.
Value: Depends massively on the autograph, probably totally subjective really

(images courtesy of Jim Cirronella)

Night of the Living Dead Trading Card Set Seven aka  “Poster Cards”

 

Year: 2010
Manufacturer/ Series: Breygent/ Classic Vintage Sci-Fi & Horror Movie Poster Series II
Base Set: 49 cards depicting numerous other films.  There are zero NotLD cards in the base set.
Chase Cards: I’ve seen at least 5 1-of-1 sketch cards  | 2 of the 4 autograph cards of this set are from NotLD | 1 NotLD Promo card | 1 of 18 metallogloss cards depicts NotLD
Packaging: Sold in packs.  Glossy paper wrapper (featuring the NotLD Promo card)
Size/Color: 3.5×5”/ Full color
Quirks: These cards are all 3.5×5″ in size and feature official poster artwork.  The metallogloss card (printed on metal) is also a sketch card that features elements of the Night British Quad poster.
Thoughts: The color balance on the poster promo card is odd in that the whites of the NotLD poster are more lavender and the total print quality is just very dark (notice a comparison photo to the green border poster card).  The autograph cards are for Bill Hinzman and Judith O’Dea and feature their bios on the back.  The size of these cards makes them great for autographs and text!  I find many of the NotLD sketch cards kinda sketchy (Ba-Dum Tssh!) and overpriced from breakers but all are derivatives of Night posters, in keeping with the poster theme of the set.  
“Is there any of that candy left?”:  Sure is.  The autograph and promo cards seem to be in endless supply on eBay.  Maybe partly because breakers tend not to label their auctions of these with the movie title.  Nice looking sketch cards seem to have been bought up by now.  I was lucky to get mine from a seller who opened a sealed pack recently.  The metal cards are easily found but usually sold as a whole set.
Value:  NotLD Poster Promo card – $2-$5 | Hinzman autograph card – $40 | O’Dea autograph card – $60 | NotLD metallogloss card – $5 | NotLD sketch cards – $20-$200

Night of the Living Dead Trading Card Set Eight aka “Chapel Cards”

Year: 2012
Manufacturer/ Designer: Image Ten?/ Jim Cirronella
Base Set: 2
Chase Cards: n/a
Packaging: n/a
Size/Color: 2.5×3.5”/ Full Color
Quirks: High gloss, high-resolution, color behind-the-scene images containing the Evans City Cemetary Chapel with original artwork on the reverse by Matt Orsman.  Both cards feature the same graphic treatment on the front but unique artwork on the back within the same treatment.
Thoughts: Very low run, I’m not even sure they were for sale but rather designed by Jim Cirronella to spark interest in the effort to refurb the Chapel.  The artwork depicting Kyra and Duane has a fun cartoony feel.  The photos are pretty rarely seen and particularly the closer shot is really interesting.
“Is there any of that candy left?”:  Maybe some crumbs!  Nobody seems to have these or wants to sell.
Value: $20, just a guess

(images provided by Kip, thanks!)

Night of the Living Dead Trading Card Set Nine aka “Unstoppable Cards”

Year: 2012
Manufacturer/ Designer: Unstoppable/ Jason Wright
Base Set: 36
Chase Cards: 9 autograph cards limited to 100 copies of each (though it seems like there are far fewer single O’Dea cards) | 9 Movie Poster Cards| innumerable artist sketch cards | 144 printing plate cards | 6 promo cards
Packaging: Sold in two types of packs: 10 “Trading Card Pack” featuring artwork of the Kyra face promo and Judith O’Dea auto card or cardboard “Loaded Pack” featuring Avengers, Blakes7 and Fantasy Art graphics
Size/Color: 2.5×3.5”/ Full Color
Quirks: High gloss, high-resolution, very deliberately designed to accommodate 9 card sleeves.  NotLD logo has a previously unseen cheesy blood splatter background
Thoughts: “There’s not going to be five, or even ten of them! There’s going to be twenty, thirty, maybe a hundred of those things.”  Very challenging and costly to assemble what one might refer to as a master set due to the shear number of cards available.  Probably the most professional looking, fun and infuriating of all the Night card sets!  Cards are printed on high gloss stock like all the Jim Cirronella cards which is nice for durability.  Images are sharp and high resolution but contrast is very low with muddy shadow tones and grey whites.  I greatly prefer the reproduction of the images used by Imagine for their sets even though resolution is not as high and contrast is not accurate to the film.  No behind-the-scenes images are included, only stills from the movie but I like the selection of images and feel it’s one of the strongest selections in all the sets.  I particularly like that we finally have a still that features the 1939 Zenith 7s363 radio!  Unstoppable put a lot of thought into these cards.  Every 9 cards of the base set features a piece of a Night movie poster on the back.  So when you fill a standard 9 card plastic sleeve with these cards, you also get a poster on the opposite side.  Very clever.  Unlike previous autograph cards, the Unstoppables feature an image of the actor(s) beside the signature which adds a very nice touch.  There is just TOO much to collect here though, there are about a million sketch cards and they even released the metal plate cards that were used in printing!  It’s just insane, the number of cards available.
“Is there any of that candy left?”:  Yes but you’re going to need Chief McClelland’s help because it’s a real hunt!  Each set and subset and even particular cards have different availability.  Most common are the base cards, poster cards and most of the promo cards.  Most rare is the Judith O’Dea autograph card and of course the sketch and plate cards are 1-of-1.
Value: Complete base set: $20-$30 | Complete poster card set: $15 | Complete autograph card set: $200-$300 | Complete promo card set: $20 | Sketch cards: $10 – $300 per card | Printing plate cards: $20-$40 per card

But wait, what are these?  For some time I’d been picking up evidence of two very special Unstoppable autograph cards.  They are the Karl Hardman and Marilyn Eastman cut autograph cards; C1 and C2.  These cards are variations of the Unstoppable autograph cards that we all know and love but Hardman passed away in 2007, years before the Unstoppable cards were probably even conceived and Eastman hasn’t been signing publically for several years.  Jason Wright at Unstoppable Cards stated “”I was responsible for putting together the set for Unstoppable Cards. There were only 2 cut autographs made, Karl Hardman and Marilyn Eastman. They never made the original set so they were released last year (2014) in a “Loaded Box” set.””   These cards are comprised of specially printed Hardman Eastman trading cards with older clippings of their autographs adhered to the front, similar to Panini’s George Romero Celebrity Cuts card.  Feast your eyes NotLD card collectors, these are certainly the rarest officially licensed NotLD trading cards in existence!  (images graciously provided by their current owner, 4evryng)

 

Night of the Living Dead Trading Card Set Ten aka “Second Festival Cards”

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Year: 2013
Manufacturer/ Designer: Image Ten & The Living Dead Festival, LLC/ Jim Cirronella
Base Set: 3
Chase Cards: n/a
Packaging: n/a
Size/Color: 2.5×3.5”/ Full Color
Quirks: high gloss high-resolution cards designed to be autographed
Thoughts: These cards were issued to celebrity guests at the 2013 Living Dead Festival to give out for free to fans and are typically signed by non-principal actors.   There are three full bleed cards; one featuring the burning Chevy, one featuring a field of ghouls, and one featuring the same uncredited slain ghoul laying on the ground from the Foil Card set.  Why do cardmakers keep choosing this guy to go on limited card sets?!  Designer Jim Cirronella tells me the images were chosen for their negative white space that flatters an autograph in dark ink.  I like this idea of making a “natural” space for the autograph.  The truck fire shot is awesome for this!  I also enjoy the use of the rarely seen NotLD font that appears on the film as oppose to the more popular green block letter font.  All three cards feature the same graphic treatment.
“Is there any of that candy left?”:   Yes but rare, only obtained at Living Dead Festivals
Value: $20-$40 per card according to one eBay feeding frenzy I witnessed

Night of the Living Dead Trading Card Set Ten aka “Century Cards”

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Year: 2016?
Manufacturer/ Designer: Century Books & Media/ anonymous
Base Set: 24 Poster & publicity photo images
Chase Cards: 8 Lobby card images | 8 Film scene images
Packaging: PVC sleeves in a Dollar Store PVC binder
Size/Color: 2.5ishx3.5ish”/ Full Color
Quirks: These are not licensed cards.  They’re not really even cards per se.  “They’re all messed up!”  Century Books & Media, probably one guy with a $100 printer, make “cards” corresponding to all order of classic films.  They are cheap flimsy, poorly cut paper rectangles.  They don’t feature unique graphics/layouts and there is no printing on the backs of the “cards.”  You can buy each card set separately or the master 40 card set, in which case, the cards come sleeved in a Dollar Store binder as some sort of bonus.
Thoughts: These are not really even trading cards.  They are BS and Century Books & Media should be shut down for copyright infringement and just for selling garbage in general.  Unbelievable, the master set costs $30 shipped.
“Is there any of that candy left?”: Probably printed to order!
Value: $0


 

The cast and crew of Night of the Living Dead also make single card appearances in numerous other trading card series.  Here are the ones I’m aware of.  Message me at JohnnyMartyr@Hotmail.com if you know of others!

 

Year: 1958
Manufacturer/ Designer: Topps
Series/ Card #: Baltimore Colts #110
Size/Color: 2.5×3.5”/ Full Color
Quirks:  The only NotLD trading card that predates NotLD!
Thoughts: You might be scratching your head.  Why is a vintage football card on this list?  Incredibly, player number 73 in this team photo of the Baltimore Colts is none other than future NotLD lighting supervisor, Joe Unitas.  Joe happens to be the cousin of legendary quarterback Johnny Unitas.  Johnny and Joe were both drafted onto the Colts in 1957 when this photo was taken.  Joe, however, had back issues and was unable to continue.  Johnny went on to play what has been called “the greatest game ever played.”  Joe went on to light what has been called “the greatest zombie movie ever made!”
“Is there any of that candy left?”: very common
Value: $10 – $50 depending on condition

Year: 1976?
Manufacturer/ Designer: Monsieur Cinéma
Series: Les Fiches de  Monsieur Cinéma (Mr. Cinema Picture Cards)
Size/Color: 5×8”/ Two Color
Quirks:  These cards are big 5×8’s which were linked to a French television game show about movie trivia.  Viewers of the show could subscribe to sets of the cards by mail which covered a massive number of movies apparently ranging in the tens of thousands.  The cards were printed from 1976 and continue through today and they don’t appear to have changed the style of the cards making them pretty timeless.  Individual cards are not labeled with a date so I am unsure when they printed the NotLD card.  My copy is in very good condition but does appear to have some aging to it.
Thoughts:  The card is entirely in French which I cannot read well but it appears to be packed with trivia and several well-sized images.  Thes cards are a little on the thin side but print quality is excellent
“Is there any of that candy left?”: They show up from time to time and here’s the official website: http://www.MonsieurCinema.fr/
Value: $5

 

Year: 1995
Manufacturer: Due Emme
Series/Card #: SuperCinema #87
Size/Color: 3×4”/ Full Color
Packaging: Box of complete 144 card set
Quirks:  At 3×4″, this card is a cute and unusual size.  Features the US one sheet on the front, well reproduced and credit information on the back
“Is there any of that candy left?”: Not terribly rare
Value: $20 for the complete set

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Year: 1997
Manufacturer/ Designer: Monsterwax
Series/Card #: Monster Movie Classics 2 #26
Size/Color: Coming (To Get You) Soon!
Quirks: Coming (To Get You) Soon!
Thoughts: Coming (To Get You) Soon!
“Is there any of that candy left?”: The three promo cards for this set seem to be more available than the actual set.  They turn upon eBay from time to time but not regularly.  There seem to be other similarly named sets with similar look which do not contain the NotLD card so confirm its presence before purchasing.
Value: About $20 for the complete set

Year:  2008
Manufacturer/ Designer:  Donruss
Series/Card #:  Americana II #248
Size/Color:  2.5×3.5”/ Full Color + Foil (on some cards)
Quirks: Americana #248 is a contemporary portrait card of George Romero looking quite serious, wearing his iconic black glasses.  The back features a short bio noting NotLD
Thoughts:  In my opinion, Americana II #248, which oddly, predates the newer Americana cards, is much more handsome in terms of both content and print quality.  The photograph depicts a darker, non-smiling, flannel-clad George who looks the part of the horror master his is.  Additionally, the cardstock, even on the common retail card is very stiff.  The entire front of the card is a foil print, which is fun.  I don’t know how many parallels are in this series.  If you do, let me know!  Known parallels: Retail | Retail Foil | Silver Proof (25) | Gold Proof (10) | Platinum Proof (5) | Private Signings (50)
“Is there any of that candy left?”:  Almost as difficult to find as the correct key to the gas pump!
Value:  common card $5, numbered card $10-?, autographed card $50 – $150

Year: 2009
Manufacturer/ Designer:  Donruss
Series/Card #: Americana #52
Size/Color:  2.5×3.5”/ Full Color + Foil (on some cards)
Quirks: Card #52 is a contemporary portrait of George Romero smiling dressed in his signature eyewear and vest.  The back features a short bio noting NotLD.
Thoughts:  Not as flattering an image or graphic treatment, in my opinion, as Americana II #248.  The graphics take up too much of the card, giving the photo less total real estate and the photo is fine but kind of a boring, typical studio medium shot.  There are numerous parallels as listed below to my knowledge.  Btw, the material cards are called such because they actually contain a swatch of Romero’s actual clothing!  Donruss must have found some laundry in the basket!  Known parallels: Retail | Retail Foil | Silver Proof (250) |Silver Proof (100) | Gold Proof | Platinum Proof (10) | Private Signings | Private Signings Material
“Is there any of that candy left?”:  Available on eBay, Beckett or Comc.
Value:  The non-numbered common cards can be had for just a few bucks but the numbered, autographed and material cards sell for between $20 and $150.

Year:  2009
Manufacturer/ Designer:  Necroscope
Series:  Terror Cards
Size/Color:  2.5×3.5”/ Full Color
Quirks:  Signed in complimenting silver ink on a holographic label for authenticity.  Also embossed with a seal on the upper left that cannot be seen in the photos.
Thoughts:  This is a rare gem and must-have for Hinzman fans.  It’s an unusually well-crafted card.
“Is there any of that candy left?”: I have really only seen this one, courtesy of Josh Binns, and the one advertised on the old Terror Card webpage, they have since gone to digital cards from what I understand.
Value:  Original retail was $8 for this single card.  Now?  What someone’s willing to pay?

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Year: 2011
Manufacturer/ Designer: Panini
Series/Card #: Americana #57
Size/Color:  2.5×3.5”/ Full Color + Foil (on some cards)
Quirks: Card #57 is a contemporary portrait of George Romero smiling at the camera sans iconic black rim glasses.  The back features a short bio noting NotLD.
Thoughts:  I.  They vary in design only slightly from #52 but between the less flattering photo, near skin-tone graphic color and overly ornate frame around the photo, I just don’t think it’s a tasteful layout, not for George anyway.  Known parallels: Retail | Retail Foil |Silver Proof (100) | Gold Proof (50) | Platinum Proof (10) | Private Signings | Private Signings Stars Material (99) | Private Signings Stars Materials Gold Proof
“Is there any of that candy left?”: These are the most common Americana cards.  Available on eBay, Beckett or Comc.
Value:  The non-numbered common cards can be had for just a few bucks but the numbered, autographed and relic cards sell for between $20 and $150.

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Year: 2011
Manufacturer/ Designer: Panini
Series: Americana Celebrity Cuts
Size/Color: 2.5×3.5”/ Three color; Blue, Yellow, Black
Quirks: Contains a previously existing autograph clipping
Thoughts: Has a neat classic look about it, perhaps worth noting also is a George Romero/Tom Savini Celebrity Cuts card as well as a George Romero/Tony Todd Celebrity Cuts card for those who collect Dawn, Day and/or NotLD 90.
“Is there any of that candy left?”: Limited to only 75 copies!
Value:  $150-$300

 

Year: 2013
Manufacturer/ Designer: Monster Masterpieces/ Scott Jackson
Series/Card #: Monster Masterpieces #20
Size/Color: 4×6 single color
Quirks: Trading cards that are the size of postcards!  Autographed by the artist.
Thoughts: Scott’s historic horror illustrations are awesome.  His cards are professionally designed and printed too.  This iconic image of Bill has been rendered a bit differently than most and is a nice take on it.
“Is there any of that candy left?”:  Mine was Scott’s last copy when he dug it out for me in Feb of 2018 but he has many other beautiful cards available http://www.MonsterMasterpieces.com
Value: $5ish

 

Year: 2014
Manufacturer/ Designer: RRParks Cards
Series/Card #: Monster Choke n Gag #7
Size/Color: 2.5×3.5” or half that dimension when ripped along its perforation!/ Two Color Black and Red
Quirks: Matt finish front with bare chipboard back like the 87 Rosems and many vintage cards.  As noted above, this card is comprised of two half size trading cards with the apparent intent to rip them apart to make two separate cards.
Thoughts: These cards are similar to the old Monster Laffs trading cards of the 1960’s which feature a horror movie image and a silly joke caption.  This theme has been repeated by several card series over the years but I believe this is the only one to feature NotLD and one of the few trading card singles to feature Duane.  Image quality, even at this tiny size is poor and also reminiscent of the Rosem cards.  The jokes and idea of these cards is fun and different.
“Is there any of that candy left?”: Available from the manufacturer www.RRParksCards.com
Value: $16 for the complete Series I and II sets

 

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Year: 2016?
Manufacturer/ Designer: Rob Scott
Series: n/a
Size/Color: 2.5×3.5”/ full color
Quirks: Rob does original illustrations of horror movie characters and sells both 8×10 prints as well as these trading card size prints.  His NotLD images include a contemporary portrait of GAR, the iconic image of Kyra Schon used in the Imagine graphics and the iconic image of Bill Hinzman after he kills Russ Striener. Backs of cards feature Rob’s logo.
Thoughts:  Well, like the Century Books and Video cards, these aren’t really trading cards per se.  They are thin, hand-cut inkjet prints.  I won’t throw Rob out there and feed him to those things though because his illustrations are beautiful, his prices are low and he’s just a friendly guy.
“Is there any of that candy left?”: probably printed on demand http://www.Scottra.com/
Value: $3 per card or $10 for 5

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Year: 2016
Manufacturer/ Designer: RRParks Cards
Series/Card #: The Dungeon of Dr. Dreck Second Series #12
Size/Color: 2.5×3.5”/ Two Color
Quirks: Coming (To Get You) Soon!!
Thoughts: Coming (To Get You) Soon!
“Is there any of that candy left?”: Available from the manufacturer www.RRParksCards.com
Value: $12 for a new complete set

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Year: 2017
Manufacturer/ Designer: Byron Winton
Series: Face Cards: Anti-Heros
Size/Color: 2.5×3.5”/ Two Color
Quirks: original sketch card print
Thoughts: Coming (to get you) soon!
“Is there any of that candy left?”: 500 paper sets printed, 10 metal sets printed
Value: $15 for a complete paper set, $100 for a complete metal set

 

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Year: 2017
Manufacturer/ Designer: Mathew Parmenter
Series: n/a
Size/Color:  2.5×3.5”/ Full Color
Quirks: homemade original sketch card print, not printed on card stock
Thoughts: Printed on common photo paper from a home inkjet printer, I still think this card is worth its low asking price because Mathew did official sketch cards for the NotLD Unstoppable set in 2012.  His depiction comes from Chilly Billy’s record album cover.  Which, you know, isn’t NotLD but is the only trading card single for Bill that I’ve seen.  It’s a very colorful rendering and accurate.
“Is there any of that candy left?”: Printed on demand?
Value: $3

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Year:  2017
Manufacturer/ Designer: 
Fantasm Media
Series/ Card #: 
Fantasm Card Set #1 Cards #1 & #3
Size/Color: 
2.5×3.5”/ Full Color
Quirks: 
Styled like a retro trading card with NotLD info on the back
Thoughts:  
Pittsburgh’s favorite siblings take the spotlight and nice Romero artwork.  Apparently there will be more cards to follow from Fantasm so stay scared and stay tuned!
“Is there any of that candy left?”:  
1000 copies printed https://Fantasm-Media.myshopify.com/
Value:  
$8 for the 5 card set new

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Year:  2016
Manufacturer/ Designer: 
Donna Luther
Series/ Card #: 
n/a
Size/Color: 
2.5×3.5”/ Charcoal & graphite on 100 lb Bristol board
Quirks: 
original, one of a kind sketch card, signed and dated
Thoughts: T
his is easily my personal favorite sketch card depicting Bill Hinzman.  It looks nearly three dimensional in person and the detail and overall feel are just so accurate while still having that hand-drawn feel.
“Is there any of that candy left?”: 
No, no more quite like this but Donna’s many other beautiful movie sketch cards can be found on her eBay store www.eBay.com/usr/adlib10
Value:  
$16 new

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Year:  2017
Manufacturer/ Designer: 
Robert Decker
Series/ Card #: 
n/a
Size/Color: 
2.5×3.5”/ textured acrylic paint on bristol board
Quirks: 
original, one of a kind sketch card, signed and dated
Thoughts:  
And THIS is easily my personal favorite sketch card depicting George Romero!  Robert told me the painted this immediately following Romero’s untimely passing in July.  The sense of color and light, intimacy of the pose and actual texture of the paint just blow my mind every time I look at this amazing art card.
“Is there any of that candy left?”: 
No, no more quite like this but Robert’s many other beautiful movie sketch cards can be found on his eBay store www.eBay.com/usr/rdec8181
Value:  
$35 new

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Year:  2017
Manufacturer/ Designer: 
Gozer Records
Series/ Card #: 
Gozer Garbage Horror Card Series #1
Size/Color: 
2.5×3.5”/ Full Color
Quirks: 
Unlicensed, blank back, features stolen Topps and NotLD logos
Thoughts: 
I hate to support fans who have no regard for copyright infringement, but Gozer designed quite a nice fan art card in my opinion.  Clean, simple design around a big close up portrait of our (anti-) hero Ben. 
“Is there any of that candy left?”: 
only 8 copies of this set were made!
Value:  
$5 for the 5 card set new

 

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If you know of anything that I missed or you just think should be given some attention, here, please I’d love to see what you’ve got in the comments section!

Well hey, thanks for reading and hopefully the information I’ve compiled has been useful to you, wherever you’re at on your Night of the Living Dead trading card collecting!

AND, if you have any cards you want to trade, sell or buy, don’t be afraid to hit me up at JohnnyMartyr@Hotmail.com

WANTED: Any Living Dead Festival or Fix the Chapel cards, the Tom Breyer Unstoppable promo card, 2008 George Romero Donruss Americana II # 248, 2009 George Romero Donruss Americana #52 relic card or just autograph card, Unstoppable sketch cards by Ashleigh Popplewell or Elfie Lebouleux, Red Border autograph cards, autographed common cards from any set

Stay scared!

 

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