The Definitive Night of the Living Dead Trading Card Checklist

It’s time to fire up your 1967 Pontiac LeMans and slip into those stylish black leather driving gloves! 

Night of the Living Dead trading cards are coming to get you!

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. I saved my allowance and lunch money for things that my dad declared “junk”.  Decades later, I’m back at it 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 the trading cards.  I like how they re-interpret the story (and backstory) of Night of the Living Dead in still photographs while highlighting the cinematography and, in some cases, bringing new art to the film and context regarding its participants.

First up are the NotLD trading card sets 1 through 9, then, stick around for the NotLD trading card singles!


Night of the Living Dead Trading Card Sets

(These are Night of the Living Dead themed sets ranging in size from just two cards to over seventy. )


 

Year: 1987
Manufacturer / Designer / License: Rosem / unknown / unlicensed
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:  I like ’em!  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.  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.”  No autographed cards were standard with these cards however some fans get them signed at appearances.
Value: $20 for a complete master set with wrapper | $25 – $75 per signed card | Uncut sheet?  What do you have in your wallet?!

Year: 1988
Manufacturer / Designer / License: Imagine & Fantaco / Bob Michelucci / Image Ten Inc.
Base Set: 68 cards
Chase Cards: blank cards with space for hard-signed 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.  However, there were test wrappers created for packs.  Clear shrinkwrap with silver foil 20th-anniversary sticker for base set. Autograph cards and square card were not included with a pack.  Designer Bob Michelucci told me “[The] Big corner card was signed by George, Russ and John…they were extra from trimmed card sheets for sets. Offered separately” and “There were only three official autograph cards included with the signed sets… again George, Russ and John. The other blanks were all signed at a get together for the stars after the Zombie Jamboree and those were originally sold separately.”
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.  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.  And these early autographs are a must-have for collectors!  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.  The standard autograph cards available were John Russo, Russ Streiner and George Romero.  But in 1993, the full principle cast/crew of 10 signed also, adding Keith Wayne, Judith O’Dea, Judith Ridley, Karl Hardman, Marilyn Eastman, Kyra Schon, and Bill Hinzman.  Bob still sells uncut sheets of green border cards, just tell him that Johnny Martyr sent you!  And there are numerous rare collectibles to go along with this set including test wrappers, buttons and even a watch!  Bob still sells green border cards, just tell him that Johnny Martyr sent you!
Value: $50 for a complete base set unsigned | $100 for an unopened base set unsigned | $100 for a complete base set with 3 autographs |$300 for an unopened base set with three autograph cards | $50 – $150 each autographed card with John Russo being the lowest and Keith Wayne being the highest|standard 3 card autograph set (Russo, Streiner, Romero) $100 | complete 10 card autograph set (Russo, Streiner, Romero, Wayne, Eastman, Hardman, O’Dea, Ridley, Schon, Hinzman $500| Corner card $100+ depending upon which and how many autographs | Test wrapper $50 | Test Pack $100


Year: 1990
Manufacturer / Designer / License: Imagine & Fantaco / Bob Michelucci / Image Ten Inc.
Base Set: 68 cards
Chase Cards: blank cards with space for hard-signed autographs and larger corner card featuring Kyra Schon’s face with Night of the Living Dead block logo in red
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.  Bob still sells red border cards, just tell him that Johnny Martyr sent you!
Value: $50 for a complete base set | $100 for an unopened base set | $20 – $50 each autographed card with John Russo being the lowest and George Romero being the highest|complete 3 card autograph set (Russo, Streiner, Romero) $100 |

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Photo by & card owner: Geoff Turner

Year: 1993
Manufacturer / Designer / License: Imagine / Bob Michelucci / Image Ten Inc.
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.  These cards are also available sans foil on rare uncut sheets with the You Slay Me card series.
Size / Color: 2.5×3.5”/ Single color b&w, very typically with silver foil, however, there exist a very few other color foil variants including this fun speckled gold foil border.
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 image choices were rather poor.  If you’re only going to have three cards to create buzz, why choose a shot of an anonymous extra laying on the ground?  And while we all love Mr. Russo, this image is merely a portrait that doesn’t appear in the film.  Wouldn’t well-composed action shots of principal characters have been better choices?  Cue the third card; this image of Marilyn is a great choice, stellar really.  Which is why I asked her to sign my copy in ’98!
“Is there any of that candy left?”:  Yes!  The silver foil border set is an eBay staple.  But good luck finding alternate color foil parallels or justifying the cost of a You Slay Me uncut sheet!
Value: $20 for the complete silver set | $20 Russo auto card | $70 Eastman auto card

Year: 1993
Manufacturer / Designer / License: Imagine / Bob Michelucci / Image Ten Inc.
Base Set: 8 cards
Chase Cards: n/a
Packaging: Sold as a 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 and probably Bill Hinzman.  Many copies seem to be cut off-center and I recently bought a set with various printing imperfections, so look carefully before purchasing!
Thoughts:  These cards “always have a smile for me.”  Really beautiful card set, essential for all Night fans really.  The images are not featured in any other set and they add so much dimension and backstory to the making of the film.  After meeting many of those featured, I can tell you that while these depictions differ greatly from what you think of as horror movie trading cards, they very accurately capture the spirit behind Night of the Living Dead.
“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 – $75 | Hardman card autographed – $50 | Ridley 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 – $400

Year: 2009
Manufacturer / Designer / License: The Living Dead Festival / Jim Cirronella / Image Ten Inc.
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 hard-signed.  Both cards feature the same graphic treatment with different montages on the front.  Often feature very rare signatures of extras and non-principal crew.
Thoughts:  These cards were issued to celebrity guests at the 2009 Living Dead Festival to give to fans.  I feel that the green block logo overshadows the really nice montages but they work well as general signature cards and don’t have the cluttered, overly decorative look that something like the 2009 and 2011 Americana cards have going on.  These LDF cards look good from a distance but also have plenty of nuances to enjoy up close.  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?”:   Festival cards are very rare, only obtained at Living Dead Festivals.  Designer Jim Cirronella recalls that only 1000 copies of each card were printed and there were approximately 200 fans in attendance.   Celebrities didn’t pre-sign these, all autographs were done on the spot.  So it follows that there are well under 200 signed copies of each card out there.  There were 17 celebrity guests in attendance at LDF ’09: Charles Craig, Russ Streiner, John Russo, Judy Ridley, Gary Streiner, George Kosana, Joe Unitas, Lee Hartman, Regis Survinski, Dave James, Tony Pantanella, Josephine Streiner, Ella Mae Smith, Terry Gindele, Dick Heckard, William Mogush, and Ivy Booth (apparently Ms. Booth did not do autographs)
Value: $30-$40 per signed card |$20 unsigned | complete 17 guest signed set $650

Year: 2012
Manufacturer / Designer / License: Image Ten? / Jim Cirronella / Image Ten Inc.
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.  Both cards employee color behind-the-scenes images containing the chapel.
Thoughts: These were never for sale but rather designed by Jim Cirronella and given away by himself and Gary Streiner, among others, to promote the chapel refurb effort.  The artwork depicting Kyra and Duane has a fun cartoony style without being totally silly like Jerry Fleming’s Unstoppable sketches.  The photos are pretty rarely seen and particularly the closer shot is really interesting.
“Is there any of that candy left?”:  1000 copies of the “Kyra card” and 2500 of the “Duane card” were printed however many copies still remain out of circulation as of 2018
Value: $40 for both

Year: 2012
Manufacturer / Designer / License: Unstoppable / Jason Wright / Image Ten Inc.
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 features 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 sheer 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 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 the strongest selection of 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, you also get a poster on the opposite side.  Very clever.  Unlike the Imagine 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 plates that were used in printing!  It’s just insane, mass hysteria if you ask me!
“Is there any of that candy left?”:  Yes but you’re going to need Chief McClelland’s help because it’s a real hunt!  Most common are the base cards, poster cards and most of the promo cards.  Everyone agrees that one of the rarest cards of the set is the Judith O’Dea autograph, A2.  And of course the sketch and plate cards are 1-of-1.
Value: Complete base set: $30 | Complete poster card set: $20 | Complete autograph card set: $400 | Complete promo card set: $30 | Sketch cards: $15 – $200 per card | Printing plate cards: $40 per

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 A1-A9, 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.   (images graciously provided by their current owner, 4evryng)

Year: 2013
Manufacturer / Designer / License: Image Ten & The Living Dead Festival, LLC / Jim Cirronella / Image Ten Inc.
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 hard-signed.  All cards feature the same graphic treatment with different images on the front.  Often feature very rare signatures of extras and non-principal crew.
Thoughts: These cards were issued to celebrity guests at the 2013 Living Dead Festival to give to fans.  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 promo 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.
“Is there any of that candy left?”:  Festival cards are very rare, only obtained at Living Dead Festivals.  There were 17 celebrity guests in attendance at LDF ’13: Judith O’Dea, Russ Streiner, John Russo, Judy Ridley, Bill Cardile, Gary Streiner, George Kosana, Joe Unitas, Ella Mae Smith, Rick Catizone, Herbert Summer, Terry Gindele, Dick Heckard, Dave James, John Kirch, Richard Ricci, and William Mogush
Value: $15-$30 per signed card according to one eBay feeding frenzy I witnessed

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Year: 2016?
Manufacturer / Designer / License: Century Books & Media/ anonymous/ unlicensed
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.  These “cards” 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.”
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.
“Is there any of that candy left?”: Probably printed to order!  You can buy each card set separately or the whole “lousy pile” for $30 dollars.
Value: $0


Night of the Living Dead Trading Card Singles

(What one counts as being a NotLD trading card gets questionable when it comes to singles.  Some of these cards weren’t necessarily intended to be part of a NotLD trading card collection.  My goal is to grab a copy of every card of any size, from any set, even business cards and postcards and sketch cards that is related to NotLD.  Your collection and definitions may differ but what follows is intended to be the most totally encompassing, super comprehensive, absolutely definitive master list!)


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Year: 1958
Manufacturer / Designer / License: Topps / unknown / n/a
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 problems and was unable to continue.  Johnny went on to quarterback 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 / License: Monsieur Cinéma / unknown / unknown
Series / Card #: Les Fiches de  Monsieur Cinéma (Mr. Cinema Picture Cards) / Unnumbered
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 receive 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. The style of the cards was never significantly changed making them pretty timeless.
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 are wax or plastic coated and print quality is excellent
“Is there any of that candy left?”: They show up from time to time on the ‘Bay and here’s the official website: http://www.MonsieurCinema.fr/
Value: $5

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Year: 1992
Manufacturer / Designer / License: Comic Images / Fangoria / n/a
Series / Card #: Fangoria Horror Collector Cards / #40
Size / Color: 2.5×3.5”/ Full Color
Quirks:  No images from Notld present, card depicts Fangoria magazine cover from 1988 which contains an article revealing the color “On Location” photos for the first time in public.  Reverse of card contains a great quote from Judith O’Dea
Thoughts: NotLD should have made a Fangoria cover goddamnit!
“Is there any of that candy left?”:  Not too rare
Value: $30 for the complete 90 card set

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Year: 1993
Manufacturer / Designer / License: Imagine / unknown / n/a
Series / Card #: n/a
Size / Color: 2.5×3.5”/ Full Color
Quirks:  It’s actually a business card made out of a trading card!  From John Russo: “The image on the left is a photo of me shot for general publicity purposes by Paul McCollough in the mid-eighties. The one on the right is my IMAGINE business card when we were operating that company, me and Bob Michelucci.”
Thoughts: Cool idea; you work for a trading card company so you make your business card a trading card.
“Is there any of that candy left?”:  These were given to customers and potential customers circa 1993.  They appear to be quite scarce.
Value: $20

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Year: 1993
Manufacturer / Designer / License: Imagine / unknown / n/a
Series / Card #: n/a
Size / Color: 2.5×3.5”/ Full Color
Quirks:  Another business/trading card!  This one belonged to James Lynn and features a photo of B-move hostess Rhonda Shear.  Even though Rhonda never hosted NotLD, she did host Return.  The reason I’ve included this card in the Checklist is that Rhonda is sporting a, now very rare, oversized NotLD 25th Anniversary t-shirt, also produced by Imagine, for what would become known as the best NotLD cast reunion of all time.  Bob Michelucci had this to say “we published a set of Rhonda Shear Up All Night cards and did the photo shoot in Hollywood. We took that shot then.  It was actually Jim Lynn’s business card. He designed the logo on the shirt.”
Thoughts:  I saw NotLD for the first time in the 80’s when I was a kid.  Around that same time, I was spending my Friday and Saturday nights falling asleep to Up All Night, so this card brought back some fun memories.
“Is there any of that candy left?”:  These were given to customers and potential customers circa 1993.  They appear to be quite scarce.
Value: $10

Year: 1993
Manufacturer / Designer / License: Imagine / unknown / n/a
Series / Card #: n/a
Size / Color: 2.5×6″/ Full Color
Quirks:  A coupon printed on trading card stock; it was actually printed on the same sheet as the Rhonda Shear trading card set noted above.
Thoughts:  The 1993 Zombie Jamboree is known to be the best NotLD reunion of all time.  It was the most complete reunion of the principal cast to date, excluding only Jones and Ridley.  This show is the source of the few autographs that Keith Wayne provided before his passing in 1995.  It must have been amazing to be present and Corpse Cash is a good reminder!
“Is there any of that candy left?”:  There are a lot of these in circulation.  Not many seemed to have been redeemed, instead, they have been treasured!
Value: $20

Year: 1995
Manufacturer / Designer / License: Due Emme / unknown / unknown
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 but you’ll probably have to sort through one of those 144 card packs to find it!
Value: $20 for the complete set

Year: 1997
Manufacturer / Designer / License: Monsterwax / unknown / unknown
Series / Card #: Monster Movie Classics 2 #26
Size / Color: 2.5×3.5’/ Two Color; Black and Red
Quirks: Card set features classic b&w horror films but many cards have red selective coloring within the image which looks awesome!  Card design is a throwback to the Nu-Cards of the 1960’s which used orange or green as their second color.
Thoughts: This is a lesser used image from NotLD so that’s fun.  I really enjoy the design of these cards and after spending a fair amount of time looking and hoping to find a NotLD Nu-Card, the Monsterwax is a very close second!  Just wish our ghoul had received some of that red selective color!  Still very cool though!
“Is there any of that candy left?”:  2000 copies
Value: $25 for the complete set

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Year: 1998
Manufacturer / Designer / License: unknown / n/a
Series / Card #: n/a
Size / Color: 3.5×2″/ single color
Quirks:  These are Bill Hinzman’s actual business cards!
Thoughts:  When I attended the Zombie Jamboree in PA in October of 1998 and met Bill Hinzman for the first time, I believe he gave me the card on the left then.  Then at Monster Bash in PA in 1998 or another con in NYC in 1999, I think he was passing out the card on the right featuring his iconic image and sans home address.
“Is there any of that candy left?”:  I am unaware of any other existing copies but they’re probably out there lurking…
Value: priceless to me!

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Year: 2007 or prior
Manufacturer / Designer / License: unknown / n/a
Series / Card #: n/a
Size / Color: 3.5×2″/ single color
Quirks:  This is Karl and Marilyn’s actual business card, signed on the reverse by Marilyn
Thoughts:  This is a recent, through-the-mail autograph.  The business card it’s on, however, must have been printed in 2007 or prior, since Karl Hardman passed on September 22, 2007.  The listed NightoftheLivingDead.org site doesn’t load and I can’t find anything on this “Dead Fly Productions” either.  Maybe a project that was in the works and never realized?
“Is there any of that candy left?”: unknown
Value: $40 signed

Year:  2008
Manufacturer / Designer / License: Donruss / unknown / George Romero
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.  A big part of the appeal here is how large the photograph is with the decorative border taking up relatively little real estate compared to the newer Americana cards.  Additionally, the cardstock, even on the common retail card is stiffer than the newer Americana cards.   Known parallels: Retail | Retail Foil | Silver Proof (25) |Silver Proof Foil (25) |Gold Proof (10) | Platinum Proof (5) | Private Signings Auto (50)
“Is there any of that candy left?”:  Almost as difficult to find as the correct key to the gas pump!  I purchased 6 unopened packs of 2008 Americana cards in 2018 and didn’t get a single Romero yet got doubles of other cards.
Value:  common card $5 | numbered card $10-$30 |  autographed/ relic card $50

Year: 2009
Manufacturer / Designer / License: Donruss / unknown / George Romero
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.  On a trading card size image, I want to see more face or if a body shot is used, the subject should be doing something more than just standing there!  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 Material (?) | Private Signings Auto (?)
“Is there any of that candy left?”:  Available on eBay, Beckett or Comc.
Value:  common card $5 | numbered card $10-$30 | autographed/ relic card $50

Year:  2009
Manufacturer / Designer / License: Necroscope / unknown / Bill Hinzman Images
Series / Card #: Terror Cards / Unnumbered
Size / Color: 2.5×3.5”/ Full Color
Quirks:  Signed in complimenting silver ink on a faux holographic label for authenticity.  Also embossed with a “Seal of Authenticity” on the upper left that cannot be seen in the photos.
Thoughts:  This is a rare gem and must-have for Hinzman fans.  The card is rather thin but graphics are nice and of course, it’s hard-signed by Mr. Hinzman.  This card is kind of light NotLD itself.  You can see plainly it was made on a low budget but it was done with spirit!
“Is there any of that candy left?”:   Horror And Sons suggests that only 50 were printed
Value:  $75

Year:  2010
Manufacturer / Designer / License: Breygent / Tom Breyer / Image Ten Inc.
Series / Card #: Classic Vintage Sci-Fi & Horror Movie Poster Series II / Promo 1,
Size / Color: 3.5×5” sketch, auto and promo cards with a 2.5×3.5” metal chase card/ Full Color
Quirks:  The promo card, original sketch cards and autograph cards are a big 3.5×5″ in size and feature official poster artwork.  The metallogloss card is a sketch card print that features elements of the Night British Quad poster.  This card is a normal 2.5×3.5″ size but is printed on very thick, glossy metal, an exceedingly high-quality card.  While very well represented in the series, NotLD is featured only on chase cards, no base cards.
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 the comparison photo to the green border poster card for size reference).  The autograph cards are for Bill Hinzman and Judith O’Dea and feature their bios on the back.  The 3.5×5″ size of these cards makes them great for autographs, text and sketch art!  Unfortunately, I find many of the NotLD sketch cards in this series to be kinda sketchy (Ba-Dum Tssh!) and by artists who did not participate in the Unstoppable series, which, by and large, are of much higher caliber.
“Is there any of that candy left?”:  Sure is, Johnny!  The autograph and promo cards seem to be in endless supply on eBay.  Nice looking sketch cards seem to have been bought up by now.  I was lucky to get my Jason Hughes 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 – $5 | Hinzman autograph card – $30 | O’Dea autograph card – $50 | NotLD metallogloss card – $5 | NotLD sketch cards – $20-$200

Year: 2011
Manufacturer / Designer / License: Panini / unknown / George Romero
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:  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) | Silver Proof Foil (100) | Gold Proof (50) | Platinum Proof (10) | Private Signings Stars Material (99)| Private Signings Auto (?) | 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:  common card $5 | numbered card $10-$30 | autographed/ relic card $50

Year: 2011
Manufacturer / Designer / License: Panini / unknown / George Romero
Series / Card #: Americana Celebrity Cuts / 43
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.  What fans like about this card more than the previous Americana cards is that it’s hard-signed and horizontally oriented with a larger signature.  This card is really built around the signature instead of the other way around!
“Is there any of that candy left?”: Limited to only 75 copies and NO PARALLELS, thank GOD!
Value: $200

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Year: 2011
Manufacturer / Designer / License: Famous Fabrics Ink / na / not licensed
Series / Card #: Hooray For Hollywood / #682 of 2000
Size / Color: 2.5×3.5”/ single color + signature
Quirks: Um, where do I start?!  Each card contains a cut signature from a movie celebrity.  Fine, but then each card is also sealed in a plastic case that resembles a grading/authentication case such as those by PSA.  But the label on this plastic case contains the celebrity’s name and the SN of the card instead of grading, which, we can assume is mint since the card was sealed in the case at the “mint”
Thoughts:  These cards are the embodiment of everything that’s silly and ridiculous about modern trading cards.  Not only for the above reasons but this Marilyn Eastman signed clipping card takes lunacy to a new level.  Why?  Because the clipping contained here is clearly taken from a 1988 Imagine green border card, as indicated by the green border in the corner.  So let me get this straight?  In order to make a “new” cut autograph card in 2011, Famous Fabrics actually ruined a valuable 1988 Imagine trading card and stuck it inside of their own card?!  Well… at least we know it’s authentic!  Oh and also, let’s talk about the irony of a NotLD actress being showcased in a HOLLYWOOD-themed card set.  NotLD is about as anti-Hollywood as it gets!
“Is there any of that candy left?”:  1 of 1 for Marilyn Eastman (#682) George Romero (#679), John Russo (#1025), Judith O’Dea (#1058), Judith Ridley (#1059), Russ Streiner (#1708), Karl Hardman (#1091), Bill Hinzman (#176), Kyra Schon (#1147), Bill Cardille (#169) and… brace yourselves, Keith Wayne (#1118)
Value:  $75+

 

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Year: 2012
Manufacturer / Designer / License: Leaf / na / not licensed
Series / Card #: Leaf Cut Signature / #322 of
Size / Color: 2.5×3.5”/ single color + signature
Quirks: cut signature card comes sealed in graded-type plastic case
Thoughts:  Not totally sure if this actually exists!
“Is there any of that candy left?”:  1 of 1 George Romero
Value:  $50+

 

Year: 2013
Manufacturer / Designer / License: Monster Masterpieces / Scott Jackson / unlicensed
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: $10

Year: 2014
Manufacturer / Designer / License: RRParks Cards / Richard Parks / unlicensed
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 1987 Rosems and many vintage cards.  As noted above, this card is comprised of two half size trading cards with a perforated line between them.
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.  As you’ll note though, Duane picks up in popularity on single cards in 2017.  Image quality, even at this tiny size is poor and also reminiscent of the Rosem cards.  These cards are quirky and fun if a little TOO silly!
“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 / License: Rob Scott / Rob Scott / unlicensed
Series / Card #: 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 and though they are all b&w front images, the printer calibration appears to not have been monochromatic as there is a tint on each card.  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.  I’d love to see the originals of these paintings some day!
“Is there any of that candy left?”: probably printed more or less on demand http://www.Scottra.com/
Value: $3 per card or $10 for 5

Year: 2016
Manufacturer / Designer / License: RRParks Cards / Richard Parks / unlicensed
Series / Card #: The Dungeon of Dr. Dreck Second Series #12
Size / Color: 2.5×3.5”/ Full Color
Quirks: The front of the card depicts b-movie hosts Dr. Dreck and Moaner eating a brain, which is a bit of a misnomer that came out of Return of the Living Dead.  On the back, we have an image of a NotLD lobby card and the story of Dr. Dreck’s experience of seeing NotLD for the first time.  Glossy front, matt back.
Thoughts: Unlike the other RRParks card reviewed here, this one actually feels like a real trading card!
“Is there any of that candy left?”: Available from the manufacturer www.RRParksCards.com
Value: $12 for a new complete set

Year: 2016
Manufacturer / Designer / License: Lunchmeat / unknown / unlicensed
Series / Card #: Videorama #21
Size / Color: 2.5×3.5”/ Full Color
Quirks: The front of the card features a 1987 Star Classics unlicensed VHS cover with a green border
Thoughts: I was super excited to get this card because, for one thing, apparently all the full sets had sold out and I wasn’t sure if any single NotLD cards were left and secondly, the design looks AWESOME!  I like the design even more now that I have the card!  BUT, the card stock is flimsy and cheap.
“Is there any of that candy left?”: Only 50 copies!  http://www.lunchmeatvhs.com/blog/videorama/
Value: $10

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Year:  2016
Manufacturer / Designer / License:
Donna Luther / Donna Luther / unlicensed
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:
This 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

Year: 2017
Manufacturer / Designer / License: Byron Winton / Byron Winton / unlicensed
Series / Card #: Face Cards: Anti-Heros / Unnumbered
Size / Color: 2.5×3.5”/ Three Color
Quirks: original sketch card print
Thoughts: I really enjoy the smooth quality of tone and detail in these sketches and Duane has a pose/expression here which I think is really representative of his character in NotLD.  Not licensed cards but here we are using the NotLD movie poster on the back.  And I have to wonder who wrote the copy too.  The card states “Romero re-wrote the part to fit his performance”, well that’s simply not true and is famously not true in fact.  On the Peter from Dawn of the Dead card, another inaccurate comment is made about the use of the word “zombies” on the radio in NotLD.  I think Byron is really onto a solid theme with these cards though.
“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 / License: Matthew W. Parmenter / Mattew W. Parmenter / unlicensed
Series / Card #: n/a
Size / Color: 2.5×3.5”/ Full Color
Quirks: homemade original sketch card print
Thoughts: Printed on common photo paper from a home inkjet printer, but I still think this card is worth picking up because the source image is quite nice and Matthew 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?”: Might be printed on demand
Value: $10

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Year:  2017
Manufacturer / Designer / License:
Fantasm Media / unknown / Image Ten Inc.
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

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Year:  2017
Manufacturer / Designer / License:
Robert Decker / Robert Decker / unlicensed
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 / License:
Gozer Records / Gozer / unlicensed
Series / Card #: 
Gozer Garbage Horror Card Series #1 / Unnumbered
Size / Color: 
2.5×3.5”/ Full Color
Quirks: 
Unlicensed, blank back, thinnish card stock, features stolen Topps and NotLD logos 
Thoughts: 
I hate to support copyright infringement, but Gozer designed quite a nice fan art card in my opinion and he doesn’t print to order or charge a lot.  Clean, simple design around a big close up portrait of our (anti-) hero Ben.  Image is a bit dark and the cardstock is a thinner one but I like it overall and Gozer has a track record of creating really neat, fan art movie collectibles such as Stand By Me Pez and Creepshow and Soylent green toys.
“Is there any of that candy left?”: 
one of only 8 copies!
Value:  
$10

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Year:  2017
Manufacturer / Designer / License:
Gods and Monsters / unknown / unlicensed
Series / Card #: 
Video Nasty Lurid Trumps, Volume 4 / Unnumbered
Size / Color: 
2.5×4”/ Full Color
Quirks: 
Part of a card game series, plastic coated with rounded edges, slightly taller than a standard trading card.  Features perhaps the most intriguing section of the original British quad poster for NotLD
Thoughts:  
Professionally printed.  Have no idea why the Gratuitous Sex stored so high.  Maybe the unclothed Marilyn Eastman illustration has some idea…
“Is there any of that candy left?”: 
200 total copies   https://godsandmonstersrecords.com/2017/01/30/video-nasty-lurid-trumps-volume-4/
Value:  
$5

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“Good shot! OK, he’s dead; let’s go get ‘im. That’s another one for the fire.”

Thanks for reading The Definitive Night of the Living Dead Trading Card Checklist!  Hopefully, the information I’ve compiled has been useful to you, wherever you’re at in your Night of the Living Dead trading card collecting!

If you know of anything that I missed please don’t hesitate to inform me!

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 2013 Living Dead Festival cards, the Tom Breyer Unstoppable promo card, 2008 George Romero Donruss Americana II # 248 relic and signature cards, 2009 George Romero Donruss Americana #52 relic card and signature cards, Unstoppable sketch cards by Ashleigh Popplewell or Elfie Lebouleux, Imagine Red Border autograph and corner card, cast/crew business cards or autographed common cards from any set

Stay scared!


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