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Heavy Metal Trading Cards are Back

  • Axl Rosenberg

Does anyone else remember Impel’s line of Mega Metal trading cards from the early 90s? In case there’s any doubt that those were the days when everything with loud guitars was just lumped together, the cards covered a wide range artists, including Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, King Diamond, Dio, M.O.D., Skid Row, Bon Jovi, L.A. Guns, Slaughter, Vixen, and… Robert Plant. Man, I don’t even think Headbanger’s Ball ever played any Robert Plant.

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And these are what the stupid holograms looked like.
And these are what the stupid hologram cards looked like.
Industry ad encouraging vendors to stock the cards.
Industry ad encouraging vendors to stock the cards.

Mega Metal’s current value on the trading card collector’s market is nothing, which means that my father was right when he said “Those cards are worthless.”

I pretty much assumed that after the demise of the Mega Metal series, the world was done with heavy metal trading cards. But I guess I was wrong! ‘Cause Topps has just announced a “Heavy Metal Autographs” set… that will be included in packs of their 2013 baseball cards. Why is Topps including these with baseball cards instead of making a whole new line? Probably because oh yeah Mega Metal cards ain’t worth the paper they’re printed on. But whatever. If these cards turn even one young sports fan into a metal fan, I’m all for it.

Here’s a list of the musicians and, uh, not-at-all-a-musician featured in the series:

  • Sebastian Bach, Skid Row
  • Reb Beach, Winger
  • Bobbie Brown from Warrant’s “Cherry Pie” video
  • Lita Ford
  • Scott Ian, Anthrax
  • Tommy Lee, Motley Crue
  • Stephen Pearcy, Ratt
  • Axl Rose, Guns N’ Roses
  • Dee Snider, Twisted Sister
  • Kip Winger, Winger

So, this line-up doesn’t make much more sense than the Mega Metal one did, but like I said, maybe it’ll attract some new fans to metal.

Here are some photos of the cards:

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It was nice of Axl Rose and Stephen Pearcy to provide recent photos for the set, doncha think?

On a semi-related note: while doing a Google image search for the Mega Metal cards, it came to my attention that Revolver actually made some Big Four cards (below) for the quartet’s series of shows a few years ago. So I guess the spirit of Mega Metal has been alive and well all this time after all.

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