This past year has been a wild, transformative one in the trading card hobby. It seems as if there is a new record set almost daily for the price of single sports cards, and that has generated an enormous buzz in the mainstream media.
However, behind the scenes there has been a significant rise in activity in the non-sports related trading card space, specifically in the entertainment, movie and pop-culture category.
I recently had an opportunity to attend the Dallas Card Show, which was attended by thousands of the hobby's most die-hard collectors, and my eyes were opened to just how big these entertainment cards were becoming. Almost every single table displayed PSA slabs with 1990 Impel Marvel Universe and/or 1977 Topps Star Wars cards, and attendees could be heard all weekend talking about how hot those sets were.
The fun part about writing this article is that I actually owned some of these cards as a kid. While I was putting my Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco cards in top loaders and protecting them, my Impel Marvel Universe cards were never looked at as any sort of investment. I just thought they were cool and stuck them in my locker and taped them to my school book covers.
As it turns out, maybe I should have been top loading them and playing with my Canseco cards instead... but the good news is that it's never too late to jump in the game and there are plenty of these cards out there to be purchased.
If you are thinking about making a play, this list below illustrates ten of the most interesting sets of iconic media franchises to keep an eye on.