1962 Mars Attacks Trading Cards

1962 Mars Attacks trading cards are up there with Garbage Pail Kids and Wacky Packages as far as iconic brands created specifically for the hobby. Offering vivid imagery that was both pulpy, gross and played off Cold War hysteria, it delighted young boys and disgusted plenty of mothers.

The 55-card set tells the story of a Martian invasion and Earth's attempts to fight back. It doesn't hold back on the violence, showing plenty of death to humans, cows and even a dog. Images, which are painted by the legendary Norm Saunders, offer plenty of controversy.

And that's a big reason why 1962 Mars Attacks is so legendary. With adults decrying the cards, it made kids want them even more. Topps knew there would be controversy too. That's why the set was released under their Bubbles Inc. banner.

1962 Mars Attacks trading cards have long since graduated to larger popular culture. Interest in the cards themselves has never waned. Topps has revisited the brand a few times now, both as reprints and with expansion releases. And then there's the Tim Burton film. The campy blockbuster featured a massive cast and was far more successful than Garbage Pail Kids: The Movie.

The original cards bring a lot of interest still today, even those in rough condition. Some command premiums. Typical for sets of the era, the first and last cards are prized. Prize Captive (#21), Destroying a Dog (#36) are just a couple of the others.

1962 Bubbles Inc. Topps Mars Attacks Trading Cards Checklist

Looking to add 1962 Mars Attacks trading cards to your collection? Here's a list of what's currently available on eBay.

Cards per pack: 8
Packs per box: 36

1 The Invasion Begins
2 Martians Approaching
3 Attacking an Army Base
4 Saucers Blast Our Jets
5 Washington in Flames
6 Burning Navy Ships
7 Destroying the Bridge
8 Terror in Times Square
9 The Human Torch
10 The Skyscraper Tumbles
11 "Destroy the City"
12 Death in the Cockpit
13 Watching from Mars
14 Charred by Martians
15 Saucers Invade China
16 Panic in Parliament
17 Beast and the Beauty
18 A Soldier Fights Back
19 Burning Flesh
20 Crushed to Death
21 Prize Captive
22 Burning Cattle
23 The Frost Ray
24 The Shrinking Ray
25 Capturing a Martian
26 The Tidal Wave
27 The Giant Flies
28 Helpless Victim
29 Death in the Shelter
30 Trapped!!
31 The Monster Reaches In
32 Robot Terror
33 Removing the Victims
34 Terror in the Railroad
35 The Flame Throwers
36 Destroying a Dog
37 Creeping Menace
38 Victims of the Bug
39 Army of Giant Insects
40 High Voltage Execution
41 Horror in Paris
42 Hairy Fiend
43 Blasting the Bug
44 Battle in the Air
45 Fighting Giant Insects
46 Blast Off for Mars
47 Earth Bombs Mars
48 Earthmen Land on Mars
49 The Earthmen Charge
50 Smashing the Enemy
51 Crushing the Martians
52 Giant Robot
53 Martian City in Ruins
54 Mars Explodes
55 Checklist

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2016 Topps Mars Attacks Occupation Kickstarter Exclusive 1962 Metal Card # 37
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2016 Topps Mars Attacks Occupation Kickstarter Exclusive 1962 Metal Card # 35
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2016 Topps Mars Attacks Occupation Kickstarter Exclusive 1962 Metat Card # 34
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2016 Topps Mars Attacks Occupation Kickstarter Exclusive 1962 Metal 55 Card Set
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2016 Topps Mars Attacks Occupation Kickstarter Exclusive 1962 Metal Card # 43
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2016 Topps Mars Attacks Occupation Kickstarter Exclusive 1962 Metal Card # 47
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1962 Topps Bubbles Mars Attacks! #49 The Earthmen Charge Non-Sports Card 1v6
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1962 Mars Attacks #3 ATTACKING AN ARMY BASE - PSA-8 (OC)
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1962 Mars Attacks #47 EARTH BOMBS MARS - PSA-6
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1962 Mars Attacks #29 DEATH IN THE SHELTER - PSA-8 (OC)
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1962 MARS ATTACKS PSA GRADED CARD EX-5 #34 TERROR IN THE RAILROAD
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1962 Topps Bubbles - Mars Attacks - #30 Trapped - Good Condition
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