NBC Universal Debuts One-Of-A-Kind 'Heroes' Trading Cards From Topps
by Jay Cochran
May 21, 2008
Fans of NBC's hit series "Heroes" now have one more way to enjoy their favorite show as NBC Universal Television, DVD, Music & Consumer Products Group debuts the first set of collectible trading cards from renowned trading card company Topps. Ninety cards are featured in the first set, which focuses on characters and scenes from the first season of the show.
The initial card set includes original cast autographs from Jack Coleman ("H.R.G."), Noah Gray-Cabey ("Micah Sanders"), Greg Grunberg ("Matt Parkman"), James Kyson Lee ("Ando Masahashi"), Masi Oka ("Hiro Nakamura"), Hayden Panettiere ("Claire Bennet"), Adrian Pasdar ("Nathan Petrelli"), Sendhil Ramamurthy ("Mohinder Suresh"), Zachary Quinto ("Sylar") and Milo Ventimiglia ("Peter Petrelli").
Additional features include special foil cards; flip motion cards that depict "before" and "after," as characters morph; memorabilia cards that contain a swatch of actual "Heroes" costume material; one-of-a-kind original sketch cards from "Heroes" illustrators, including Tim Sale; and, select episodic imagery from the show.
"Topps has done a first-rate job showcasing 'Heroes' with these unique collectible cards," said NBC Universal Senior Vice President Kim Niemi. "With the autographs and bits of costume, these cards give the fans an actual piece of the show and we look forward to introducing more in the months to come."
"The fervent 'Heroes' fan base and the show's compelling on-air visuals are powerful trading-card ingredients," said Ira Friedman, Topps Vice President, Publishing. "Add the engaging storylines and multi-seasonal episodes to the mix and 'Heroes' has the potential to become a major mainstay in the collectible card category."
The second set of "Heroes" trading cards will hit stores in July and will include original autographs from cast members David Anders ("Adam Monroe"), Dana Davis ("Monica Dawson"), Ali Larter ("Niki Sanders"), James Kyson Lee ("Ando Masahashi") and Cristine Rose ("Angela Petrelli") as well as Ashley Crow ("Sandra Bennet"), Nicholas D'Agosto ("West Rosen"), Jimmy Jean-Louis ("The Haitian"), Adair Tishler ("Molly Walker") and Stephen Tobolowsky ("Bob Bishop"). In addition to dazzling new selections of sketch artwork, the second set of "Heroes" collectible cards will feature costume pieces from characters including "Claire Bennet" (portrayed by Hayden Panettiere), "Elle Bishop" (portrayed by Kristen Bell), "Monica Dawson" (portrayed by Dana Davis), "Peter Petrelli" (portrayed by Milo Ventimiglia) and "West Rosen" (portrayed by Nicholas D'Agosto).
The cards come in packs of seven cards and are also available in special "hobby box" sets, which include 24 packs of cards. Each hobby box contains either one original autograph, a memorabilia card or a sketch card. The cards are now available at comic book and specialty retailers as well as mass merchandisers nationwide.